Can You Get Strep Throat Without Tonsils?

Children can get strep throat after having their tonsils removed, says the Mayo Clinic. Some children who suffer from recurrent strep throat do experience a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of strep throat infections after removal of the tonsils.

Children who suffer from six or more severe strep infections in a year may benefit from tonsil removal, says the Mayo Clinic. However, because most children simply stop having recurrent strep infections as they get older, the risks of tonsil removal should be carefully weighed against any possible benefit.

Strep throat is caused by an infection with group A streptococcus bacteria.