I had mine removed at age 11. I did get a lot of colds and infections before the removal and after they got taken out it got a lot better. Yes there was pain and discomfort but nothing ice cream could not make better. Since then I never had strep again, colds I get and flu I had once in my adult life ( the real flu and not cold with flulike symptoms big diffrence). Before I got them out I alway had bad stomch flues and they almost stoped , they stoped completly when I had my Apendix out some years later.