Hi L., 21 years ago when I was 21...I had absessed tonsils. I had ongoing problems with my throat, strep, bronchitis, etc. It got to be so bad that the doctor had to stick a long needle and actually withdraw all the infection from my tonsils...gross...I know...but I could have kissed him since it was an immediate release of the pain I was having! And at 21 I did have my tonsils removed and have not had a problem since. So no worries...if it's suggested they get removed, it's just to save him from a road of pain...good luck to you guys!