Now you know!
Getting your tonsils removed used to be a common childhood ritual — and a great excuse to eat ice cream.
It turns out, however, that tonsils play an important role in preventing future infections.
Tonsils are twin round lumps sitting in the back of the throat, while adenoids – which, like tonsils, are part of the lymphatic system – sit behind the nose and the roof of the mouth.
Together, tonsils and adenoids prevent infection by stopping germs from entering through the mouth and nose.