Bad Breath After Tonsillectomy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it usual to have bad breath after a tonsillectomy?
    I had a tonsillectomy on Wednesday, June 24. It has been 5 days since my tonsillectomy, today being Sunday, June 28. Aside from the excruciating pain, my mouth has an awful taste 24/7. And My breath smells disgusting when i breathe. Is it normal to have bad breath following the procedure?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath can come any time because the primary cause of bad breath is the tongue where bacteria produce those bad smells. I suggest you brush your teeth and then clean your tongue with a very good tongue cleaner. I use OraBrush tongue cleaner because it is designed to clean the back of the tongue. Remember, your toothbrush is designed to clean your teeth, not your tongue.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long did it take for you to get rid of bad breath after tonsillectomy?
    If tonsils were the reason for your bad breath and you got rid of it after your surgery, how long did it take for your body to recover completely as an adult? (I'm 28) This is not about pain or discomfort, just the bad breath.

    • ANSWER:
      about one week

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does bad breath last after a tonsillectomy?
    I had my tonsils removed last 5 days ago with little pain. I don't want to miss anymore school, but I still have all the white scabs, and HORRENDOUS bad breath. Like even if my mouth is closed, it comes out my nose (so gross)...I also had my adenoids removed? I just need to know how long this will last or better, how can I speed up recovery/ make it go away?! HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      the bad breath is caused by the scabs.
      the scabs typically come off around day 8-9 so thats when the bad breath will go away.
      btw you are not even supposed to leave your house for the first 10 days and you will need a note from the doctor clearing you before you can go back to school
      just follow the post op instructions and you will heal prperly.
      it takes 10 days no matter what.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my bad breath?
    The problem is that I often get small white stone from my throat which has got a very offending smell. Is this the sign of bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillolith (syn: tonsil stone, calculi of the tonsil) a ball-like accumulation of food particles, bacteria, leukocytes, dead white cells, and dried mucus in the folds of tonsils. These folds are referred to as crypts. The balls of bacteria and their waste products are colored white or yellow, have a rough texture resembling cottage cheese or cauliflower, and convey an extremely foul odor. Tonsilloliths may contribute to halitosis and sore throats.

      Prevention methods include gargling with salt water or a non-alcohol, non-sugar based mouth wash. A cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide applied directly on the tonsil stones will not dislodge them as you may have read; it only makes one's mouth feel weird and causes gagging. The use of a water pick to clear out the crypts of accumulated debris may also help (the lower pressure tongue-cleaner attachment is recommended). A more drastic method, a tonsillectomy, is not usually indicated or recommended, but will lead to permanent relief.

      It is important to remember that although tonsil stones can be uncomfortable, they are rarely ever dangerous and can be seen as more of an inconvenience than anything else.

      I have these also and use a saltwater rinse. I also use a antibacterial wash like listerine(hate the taste and the smell but it's better then the bad breath)

  5. QUESTION:
    I think my daughter may have bad breath caused by infected adenoids?
    My daughter had her tonsils removed about 18 months ago, she was 6 1/2 then. At the time of surgery her tonsils were severally infected. Since the operation she has bad breath, and minimal weight gain, her BMI is at 13%. Which is at risk for underweight. She eats well, but just doesn't seem to gain weight, add that to her bad breath I am worried there is an infection of some sort.

    • ANSWER:
      bad breath after a tonsillectomy is unlikely to be caused by infection. It is either plaque (tonsillar plaque) or the fact that the throat is still healing. Gargling with salt should help, usually half a teaspoon in warm water. As you daughter is young I would advise you get her to practice with water gargling first- it needs to be right at the back of the throat. Mouthwashes also have antiseptic properties so let her try this also. If her breath doesn't improve in a week you should take her to the dentist or the doctors- a dentist will be able to tell as well as a doctor but you should inform them of what is wrong before you book the appointment.
      Her lack of weight gain may have nothing to do with her bad breath but could be linked to stress from the operation. If she is eating fine and has no pain in her throat then it isn't an infection, if their was an infection from this type of surgery then after 18 months there would be some swelling and pain.
      Also most kids begin to loose their teeth between 5 and 8, sometimes molars take longer. Bacteria can hide in between and under loose teeth and cause bad breath, you havent said if she has lost all her baby teeth but if she hasn't thats something else to look into

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i convince my doctor to refer me to have my tonsils removed?
    Im really certain about this, i have cryptic tonsil and im constantly getting tonsil stones which im worried gives me bad breath and i always have a bad taste seeping from them. So i doubt these reasons alone will convince my GP, so should i say i suffer alot from tonsillitis, which i did when i was younger but not recently. What other things could i add to make him feel i am a reasonable candidate for a tonsillectomy?

    • ANSWER:
      no need to "convince" your GP.
      just call an ENT (ear, nose, and throat dr) directly and make an appointment.
      the ENT is the one that needs to see you and determine whether you are a good candidate for a tonsillectomy NOT your GP.

      i'm 24 and i had suffered with tonsil stones for 10yrs. my pediatrician and then when i started going to an "adult" dr just said it was dry mucus and no big deal. i finally figured out what it really was by doing research online and took the info to my GP and she said she never heard of it and still didn't think it was anything too important. i called an ENT and at the appointment he knew exactly what i was talking about and i had my tonsils out 2 months later. that was back in 2009.

      IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!!!

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my doctor to let me get a tonsillectomy?
    I have come to realize that my tonsils are the room of my bad breath. I constantly get tonsil stones and they are disgusting. I am ready to have them taken out so I can start my life without worrying about my breath constantly.

    I have heard of people saying that they had to lie about constantly needing anti-biotics for throat pain before they were considered for a surgery.

    Let me know what I should do.

    • ANSWER:
      DON'T LIE.
      just go to an ENT (ear nose throat dr) and explain that they bother you and you should be able to have them out.
      thats all i had to do.

  8. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for the white film to come off the tongue after having a tonsillectomy?
    I had my tonsillectomy about 8 days ago. My doctor informed me that the white film over my tongue that causes bad breath/odor is common. He didn't tell me however how long it would take for that to go away. So I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with this and has a rough idea of how long it took for them. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      the white film should go away shortly after your scabs fall off which is usually between 10-12 days after the surgery.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can i talk to my parents and doctor about this? Im 16?
    I've had chronic tonsil stones for a long time now. Im tired of it, i constantly have bad breath and it irritates my throat now and then. I want to get my tonsils removed, it effects my social life COMPLETELY. How can i tell my parents about this its so embarrassing, how do i convince my doctor that this is really destroying my social life and that i want them removed ASAP?
    I just need advice on how to tell my parents and doctor

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask my parents to take me to an ENT, but I don't know if Tonsil stones will justify an operation. We had to go through hoops to get our son a tonsillectomy for sleep apnea. Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long for a tonsillectomy to heal when does the scab fall off its been 11 days?
    My 3 yr old had a tonsillectomy 11 days ago and his throat is still pure white - when will this go?
    When will it heal the doctors said he could go to school after 2 weeks?
    Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a great article -- my 12 year old son is having his removed on the 18th! Best wishes
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      What should we expect after surgery?

      As previously mentioned, most patients have a significant amount of pain after tonsillectomy, with pain resolving 5-12 days after surgery. Older children and adults seem to have more discomfort. Most patients can go home the day of surgery.

      Ear pain: Many children will complain of ear aches after tonsillectomy. This is caused by pain coming from throat and not the ears. Give pain medications and encourage liquid intake.
      Fever: Many patients have a low-grade fever after tonsillectomy - up to 101.5 degrees (380 C.). Give Tylenol and plenty of fluids. Higher prolonged fever should be reported to your surgeon.
      Bad looking (and bad smelling) throat: Most tonsillar areas (after surgery) are covered with a white exudate - sometimes with bad breath - for up to 12 days. There be some redness and swelling as well. The uvula (the thing hanging down in the middle) is occasionally swollen.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of tonsil stones?
    I have tonsil stones and I you don't know what they are then you're lucky lol
    Does anyone know a way to get rid of them for good because I think they're makin me have bad breath and I'm tired of spitting them up!

    • ANSWER:
      You can try irrigating them out, with a waterPik - as long as the pressure is not up too high. They are stuck in the tonsillar crypts, but many people have had success with a WaterPik. (Or even a kid's water pistol).

      Getting rid of them for good is more complicated. You could have your tonsils removed. Or, sometimes there is a procedure that is performed with a laser, that "resurfaces" the tonsils, so that they are smoother and don't have those little cave-like crypts that trap the tonsil stones.

      It's a tough problem, really - the tonsillectomy and the laser treatment are surgical procedures. I've never heard of any other way to take care of this.

      Read more about it at the link below:

  12. QUESTION:
    How long does the bad breathe after a tonsillectomy last?
    My daughter - age 6 years had her tonsils and adenoids out a little over a week ago. She is doing very well except for the bad breathe that we were told is part of the healing process. Just wondering how long this usually lasts and if any of you have found any products that help. I'm worried that she will be picked on in school as today is her first day back. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      the bad breath is due to the scabs. once the scabs fall off the bad breath will go away. the scabs usually fall off between day 8-12 post-op.
      do not try to get rid of the bad breath or scabs. if you try to brush them away, use mouth wash, use gum, or use mints it will irritate the area and if the scabs come off before they are supposed to your daughter can start bleeding which would be an emergency and then the scabs would need to form again for her throat to heal and the bad breath would return.

      if you think she may get teased for her bad breath just tell her to tell the kids that its whats supposed to happen when her throat is getting better and it will go away soon.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long after a tonsillectomy until a person can eat real food?
    I had a tonsillectomy over a week ago. I think it's my ninth day and I've been wanting real food since day one. How much longer do I have to wait until I can eat something solid, like a cheeseburger?

    • ANSWER:
      haha i had one on my first day of 8th grade aint that funny!! you can eat one right now if you want if it hurts though like excrutiating pain then stop it hurt my throat to eat real food for 2 weeks but after the first i ate it anyway.

      i was sick all summer. my tonsils were the size of golf balls. i would send you a pic but i dont know how. and they didnt want to do surgery i could hardly breath and finally i went to a specialist and he stuck a camera up my nose and looked down at them and i could see it on a tv screen it hurt sooo bad. then he said ok we need to take those out as soon as possible and got out his book. the first day he had open for me was the first day of school or the second week of school i said i might as well do the first day cuz i was in PAIN!! so i got to stay home the whole first week of school and the second week i didnt have to do gym!! ---whats sad was anyone who wasnt my close friend who knew i was haveing surgery thought i moved away!! it was kinda funny.
      ohh i ate the schools food the whole second week it was solid and sucked cuz its school food so you'll be fine :]
      good luck with the food

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you may need to get your tonsils removed?
    I have been having really bad throat pains in the past couple days and now I'm at the point where if I talk I feel like I can't breathe. At first I just thought I had a bad sore throat, but now I'm starting to worry. It's hard to drink and/or eat at times. What do you think? Thanks for any and all help!

    • ANSWER:
      You should call your doctor. You may have Strep throat which will need antibiotics and is communicable. Only a doctor can tell you if you need a tonsillectomy and she needs to examine your throat to do that.

      Here's what is said about tonsillectomyies at this web site:
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/Tonsillectomy-for-strep-throat

      Tonsillectomy for strep throat
      A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. The adenoids may or may not be removed at the same time. Adenoidectomy is not discussed in this topic. For more information, see the topic Ear Infections.

      Children whose tonsils are removed for recurrent throat infections may have fewer and less severe strep throat infections for at least 2 years. However, over time, many children who do not have surgery also have fewer throat infections.

      A general anesthetic is always used to sedate a child having a tonsillectomy. Adults may require only a local anesthetic to numb the throat.

      What To Expect After Surgery
      The surgery may be done as outpatient surgery or, occasionally, during an overnight hospital stay.

      A very sore throat usually follows a tonsillectomy and may last for several days. This may affect the sound and volume of the person's voice and his or her ability to eat and drink. The person may also have bad-smelling breath for a few days after surgery. There is a very small risk of bleeding after surgery.

      A child having a tonsillectomy may feel "out of sorts" for a period of a week to 10 days. But if the child is feeling well enough, there is no need to restrict his or her activity or to keep the child at home after the first few days.

      Why It Is Done
      A tonsillectomy may be done in the following cases:1

      A person has recurring episodes of tonsillitis in a single year despite antibiotic treatment.
      Abscesses of the tonsils do not respond to drainage, or an abscess is present in addition to other indications for a tonsillectomy.
      A persistent foul odor or taste in the mouth is caused by tonsillitis and does not respond to antibiotic treatment.
      A biopsy is needed to evaluate a suspected tumor of the tonsil.
      Large tonsils are not a reason to have a tonsillectomy unless they are causing one of the above problems or they are blocking the upper airway, which may cause sleep apnea or problems with eating.

      How Well It Works
      Children whose tonsils are removed for recurrent throat infections may have fewer and less severe strep throat infections for at least 2 years. However, over time, children who do not have their tonsils removed may also have fewer infections.

      Risks
      Normal or expected risks of tonsillectomy include some bleeding after surgery. This is common, especially when the healed scab over the cut area falls off.

      Less common or rare risks include:

      More serious bleeding.
      Anesthetic complications.
      Death after surgery (very rare).
      What To Think About
      When you are trying to decide whether to have the tonsils removed, you might want to think about:

      How much time a child is missing from school because of throat infections.
      How much stress and inconvenience the illness has on the family.
      The risks of surgery must also be weighed against the risks of leaving the tonsils in. In some cases of persistent strep throat infections, especially if there are other complications, surgery may be the best choice.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of Chronic cryptic tonsillitis?
    They are these white things that are on the side of the tonsils that cause really bad breathe. I have to physically move them with my finger nail. I have never had them before, I have had this issue for some time now and i can not deal with it.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several temporary solutions to remove or prevent tonsil stones. One such solution is to gargle with salt water. This cleans out the crypts in the tonsils and helps prevent tonsil stones fromforming. Another is to attempt to dig out tonsils stones from the tonsils using something that will not scratch the tonsils such as a cotton swab. This method is difficult for many as it activates the gag reflex and may cause you to cough or feel as though you're going to throw up. There are also several products such as Therabreath which combat the bad breath caused by cryptic tonsillitis.

      Unfortunately, the only way to permanently remedy this condition is by having a tonsillectomy (having your tonsils removed).

  16. QUESTION:
    how long does a tonsillectomy take to heal?
    i hade it done two days ago and im just sick of waking up because of the pain. the did give me pain killers but their effect wares off pretty quickly, and should my ears hurt? it more the pain in my ears than anything else.
    i was also told to eat normal foods (toast to be the best) but i really hurts to eat.

    and any tip on how i can get rid of this horrible breath, i brush and brush and the smell wont go.

    thank you for any replys.

    • ANSWER:
      are you telling me no one explained anything to you?!

      you'll feel pretty crappy for the first 10 or so days.
      and won't be fully recovered until about 3 weeks after the surgery.
      usually between day 10-12 your scabs fall off and that will make it hurt a bit more again but then you will feel better fast.

      you should be taking your pain meds as prescribe. if they say you can take them again after 4 hours then do so. you are not supposed to wait until the pain is unbearable to take more. (unless of course it becomes unbearable before its time to take more meds, then you just have to suffer until its time to take them again)
      and DON'T use ibuprofen. it naturally thins your blood and in the fragile state you are in you can't risk bleeding cuz once you start bleeding from the tonsil wounds it is very hard to get it to stop and if you start bleeding a lot you have to go to the ER.

      you should NOT be eating toast or any solid food right now!
      you should even have an instruction sheet that was sent home with you telling what you try to eat.
      you should be on a liquid to very mushy food diet right now. have popsicles, ice cream, jello, water, soap broth, apple sauce, gadar aid, and other things like that. as your throat starts to feel better then you can start eating solid foods.

      and yes your ears are supposed to hurt. its called "referred pain". now that your tonsils are out the pain has no clue where to go so it just goes to your throat and mainly your ears.

      and you just have to live with the bad breath. and DON'T try to use mouth wash cuz it could break open the scabs that are starting to form. and then you need to go to the ER cuz bleeding after a tonsillectomy is an emergency.

      i just can't believe that no one informed you of all you needed to know before or after the surgery.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you know when it's time for a tonsillectomy?
    I'm 20, and I get semi-frequent swollen tonsils, constant, pretty much daily tonsil stones, and frequent earaches and sore throats. I also snore. I know adult tonsillectomies are kind of rare, but I think that it might be necessary after dealing with this for a couple of years now, but I'm no doctor. Help please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Having a tonsillectomy is more than just a quick decision one makes due to some discomfort or convenience. First, it is an actual surgery involving anaesthetic. Second, it is very painful in adults and requires at least a 2 week recovery. So how do you know when it's time to go under the knife? Let my article reveal for you the signs that indicate you need a tonsillectomy.

      Difficulty: Moderate
      Instructions

      Things You'll Need
      flashlight
      doctor's opinion
      experience
      1
      Strep Throat:
      Do you get multiple attack each year of strep throat? Doctors usually look for at least 3 episodes per year to start the discussion of whether a tonsillectomy is right for you. You may have strep throat and not even know it, as some experience more severe pain than others. Of course, severity of pain is something to consider as you weigh your options on whether to have a tonsillectomy or not.

      2
      Swollen Tonsils:
      Do you have consistently swollen tonsils that cause you daily frustration? Swollen tonsils can cause problems swallowing and breathing. Some who suffer from sleep apnoea can point the finger at swollen tonsils as the culprit. Take a peek at your tonsils with a mirror and a flashlight. If it's not obvious to you that they are swollen, seek the professional opinion of your doctor. Sometimes, severely swollen tonsils will cause swelling of the glands in the neck.

      3
      Tonsil Stones:
      Do you often have hard foul smelling balls stuck to your tonsils? These stones cause pain and additional swelling to your tonsils. One sign of tonsil stones is severe bad breath. These stones, called tonsillitis professionally, are actually pieces of food stuck in the pits and craters of your tonsils. They harden and turn into bacteria traps. They will keep you sick as long as they remain embedded in your tonsils. Ongoing struggles with tonsil stones is a sure sign that a tonsillectomy is needed.

      4
      Chronic Tonsillitis:
      Sometimes tonsils can become so infected that a course of antibiotics will only provide some initial relief but not clear up the infection completely. Your body can only handle so many courses of antibiotics before it becomes unsafe and unhealthy for your body. Chronic tonsillitis is a sure sign that a tonsillectomy might be the only way to permanent relief.

      5
      Earn Aches:
      Ear aches can often be linked to tonsil problems. Recurring ear aches could be a sign that your tonsils are swollen or infected. Ask your doctor to confirm your suspicions.

      Tips & Warnings

      The advice of your doctor and a good ENT is best way to determine whether a tonsillectomy is right for you.

      There are alternative treatments available...so talk through your options before signing on for surgery.

  18. QUESTION:
    can I choose to get a tonsillectomy if I have recurrent tonsil stones?
    I have been getting tonsil stones for 4 years now. they are not harming me, but my breath smells very bad all of the time, and I am sick of poking at my tonsils to remove the stones all the time. I have been to my doctor and he says it is nothing to worry about, but I want them gone. do I need a doctor to say I can have my tonsils out, or can I just choose to have them out, without a doctor saying so?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you know when the scabs from a tonsillectomy are coming off?
    I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on 9/25 (8 days ago) and I'm not sure how to tell if my scabs are falling off. What does it feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      i had my tonsils out 4 weeks ago.

      my scabs started coming off around day 9.

      basically i felt like i had to cough cuz something was bugging me back there. after a few good coughs i felt like what ever was back there was gonna force its way out my nose! and a really nasty whiff of my bad breath flooded my nose. i then sorta hacked a little and a little chunk came out of my mouth. my throat immediately felt better like it wasn't as sore and a lot of the bad breath taste/smell that i had for days and days also immediately went away.

      this happened to me again a couple days later and it was the scab from the other tonsil.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can I go to school with tonsillectomy scabs?
    I'm currently on day 6 post-op of a tonsillectomy. Two questions: A. What do the scabs look like? Currently, the back of my throat where the tonsils were is COMPLETELY covered in this whiteish greenish muck. Are those the scabs? B. I start school (this week was spring break) in 3 days. Do you think I'll be able to go? I'm 15 years old, by the way. Thanks, guys.

    • ANSWER:
      yes that crap in the back of your throat are the scabs. they usually start coming off between day 8-12. (until then your breath will stick so bad you will barely be able to stand it yourself let alone people around you)

      you aren't supposed to go back to school/work/having a social life until you see the dr at the 10 day post operation check up.
      once he/she clears you then you can go back to school.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for tonsil stones or just surgery?
    My doctor said I had tonsil stones but she said it's no big deal, etc. While I think a tonsillectomy would be worse than the original ailment, I would like the problem to clear up. Any helpful suggestions?
    Note to Dr. Knowitall:
    Are you referring to over-the-counter nose drops/nasal sprays, or prescripiton meds? What are the names of these meds?

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsil Stones don't do any physical harm, and sporadically coughing them up doesn't mean that there is anything wrong. However, they can be annoying and sometimes they are an indication that you have bad breath. Normally, Normally one does not do much for them, except gargle with hydrogen peroxide. A simple combination of drugs and nasal drops can effectively eliminate tonsil stones without unnecessary tonsil surgery. Plus, occasional use of a nasal spray helps neutralise the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria on contact.

      YES these are the general options available over the counter but you should get advice by your family doctor first or an ent coz i cant check your throat from the internet. getting them removed is only a temporary method and they can always grow back. if you are working then you will have to take a week off from your office which will not be pleasing to your boss.

      this site will definately help you
      http://www.tonsilstonesremedies.com/?hop=infomark

  22. QUESTION:
    what is good for bad breath after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Good brushing habits, of course. Get a tongue brush, or just use your toothbrush (Will diminish quality of brush quicker than getting a special tongue brush) and wash your tongue (As much as you can get).

      Chew on sugarless gum, suck on lozenges, drink plenty of water A moist mouth keeps the bacteria flora at bay.

      I've also heard eat garlic or take garlic supplements to treat bad breath on a more internal level but, then you have to worry about garlic breath.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to do you get rid of tonsilliths?
    I have these small white 'balls' in the back of my throat (tonsils) that I asked my dentist about today. He told me to gargle water really hard in the back and they should come out but I've been trying and it hasn't worked. He also told me if my gag reflexes aren't too bad, that I can try to pop it out but that just, well, makes me gag. Is there any other way? I don't want horribly stinky breath!

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillolith or Tonsil Stone

      Small white or tan foul smelling balls found in tonsils. These form in many pockets of which are called crypts located in the tonsil on ether side of the tonsils. The most probably make up are bacteria and white blood cells, the inner lining of the tonsils. The patient typically notices something like a stuck piece of food or something hard within the back of their mouth. If that is the case then the stone is probably protruding from a crypt. Typically these will self extract and will be digested by the patient. To ease the irritation you can take a flashlight and a cotton tipped stick and "pop" out the tonsillolith by forcing from the side like popping a pimple. Some may be behind areas not easily accessable depending how your parents designed your tonsil. You can design a paperclip bend banded to a pen so it can enter the crypts or around corners. Over time, you will be able to control the gag reflex. Please be gentle and if there is bleeding, stop immediatly and try another time.

      Another option is to have a tonsillectomy which is a complete removal of the tonsils. This will solve the problem completely. I would only considered this if it were a very serious issue, damaging your well being. Otherwise, it can just be a daily routine like brushing your teeth.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why does my 5 year old have such bad breath after her tonsillectomy?
    She had a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy 4 days ago. Granted, I let her get away with not brushing that first day after her surgery, but she's been brushing everyday since. This evening, I decided to help her really scrub up and I noticed her tongue is completely coated and it won't come off with vigorous brushing. She's been on Tylenol with Codine (she was taking 2 tsp every 4 hours around the clock for the first 36 post-op hours and now just when she complains of pain) and one tsp. amoxollin twice a day. She's still mouth breathing and drooling while she sleeps, I guess because everythings still swollen in there. But she's not bleeding or running fever, so I don't think there's an infection that's causing the odor. Anyway, just wanted to see if any other parents have had this issue with their kids.
    Please, no rude or ridiculous answers. Remember that I'm talking about a 5 years old child, and inappropriate comments will be reported.

    • ANSWER:
      if she's taking amoxollin or amoxocillin, it's for an infection...usually. so maybe she just needs time to heal. i'd be worried if it last longer than a couple of weeks. don't have her use mouthwash with alcohol though, that can make bad breath worse. good luck to you.

  25. QUESTION:
    tonsillitis how many times until you need a tonsillectomy?
    hey im going to see an ENT tomorrow about getting tonsillitis so much so im wondering how many times much you get tonsillitis to get your tonsil removed, if there not gonna do that, because i might now have had it enough what will they do? and what medicine do they give you if you get your tonsils removed? just and antibiotic and vicodin or do you they give you a stronger pain medicine? i heard the pain is really bad.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no recommended amount of cases you have before they suggest to remove your tonsils. It is mainly based on the frequency over a period of time. It also is by severity. A lot of times if you think you need them out then you probably do.

      When I had mine out the prescribed the antibiotic along with vicodin which did not help me so they gave me different strengths of of vicodin along with other pain killers like perks. (there are different strengths of vicodin and other pain killers) They will make sure you are comfortable. You will be in pain but it will not be too bad. The second day will be the worst since the hospital pain reliever will wear off. I was very surprised by what I thought was a fast rate of healing. First day you will be completely out of it from the anesthesia and drugs. On the third day the pain killers really masked the pain and after that it was fine. Doctors do say that as you get older the pain will be worse. I was 21 when I had mine out.

      I think the worst thing about getting my tonsils out was my TERRIBLE breath afterwards LOL no one will want to go near you until it heals.

      Stock up on soup, ice cream, and Jello.

  26. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of tonsil stones ie tonsiloliths?
    smelly stones at the back of throat driving me mad need a cure to get rid,help!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with mouth wash and frequent teeth brushing will sometimes help stop the formation of tonsil stones.Treatment, if required, is usually removal of concretions by curettage; larger lesions may require local excision although these treatments may not help the bad breath issues that are often associated with this condition.One option is to decrease the surface area (crypts, crevices, etc.) of the tonsils via laser resurfacing. The procedure is called Laser Cryptolysis. It can be performed using a local anesthetic. A scanned carbon dioxide laser selectively vaporizes and smooths the surface of the tonsils. This technique flattens the edges of the crypts and crevices that collect the debris, preventing trapped material from forming stones.The most drastic method, a tonsillectomy, is permanently effective but should only be considered when less aggressive options fail or are not desired/tolerable.

  27. QUESTION:
    How much does tonsillectomy cost in india?
    To be specific in a private hospital in bangalore.

    • ANSWER:
      Any ENT/general surgeon can do it easily. But, It is most undesirable to undergo tonsillectomy. Why?

      •Tonsillitis*:

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      • Fever
      • Bad breath
      • Nasal congestion and runny nose
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Headache, ear infections.
      • Abdominal (belly) pain
      • Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

      •OR
      Tonsilitis— Inflammation of the tonsil-a gland at the root of the tongue—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x failing which give mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and S 12x.
      It is often caused by taking too much of ice-solid ice and too much of iced water should be avoided by every body. If it is chronic MP 3x. If tonsils are painful NP 3x. If frothy transparent mucous NM 3x. If the discharge is golden yellow NP 3x.
      About 16 years ago, Sri Pooranchand Sood, Advocate, Agra, was going to get his son's tonsils removed surgically, when the author induced him to defer the operation. In about 3 weeks time this medicine cured the patient: since then he and his son have been recommending this medicine to a number of patients, all of whom have sent very favourable reports.
      Sri H.C. Mukerji, Advocate, Lukerganj Allahabad, gives an
      excellent report about its efficacy in several cases in his family.
      •454. Tonsilitis— (Septic)—Try both the above formulae, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.

      •Dosage: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      PS:If satisfied, inform others to browse ‘YAHOO ANSWERS’ on any health issue.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is an Adult Tonsillectomy really that painful?
    21yr old female and I'm scheduled for a tonsillectomy in a few weeks. I've read some horror stories and was just wondering if it's really that bad? experiences or tips welcome..

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      well its pretty dang bad at the time but once you recover you won't even recall how painful it was.

      i'm 24 and i had my tonsils out last year.

      i'll try to give you a run down of what usually goes on from the time you get there to the time you leave as well as the recovery process.

      first you'll probably be told not to eat or drink anything effective at midnight the night before surgery.

      you'll go to the hospital and go to the admission desk. they'll put some info into the computer and put a wrist band on.
      then you go up to what ever floor they tell you to and the nurse will put you in a room, ask you a bunch of questions, take your blood pressure and temp, and maybe ask for a urine sample. then they'll give you a gown and tell you to hang out on the bed until they come get you. you'll then be wheeled on a cart down to the preoperative area. they may ask your family/friends to go to the waiting room or they may let them come to the preoperative area with you.
      down in pre-op they will ask you a bunch of the same questions that you were already asked just so they can be sure everything was written correctly. they'll take your BP again (they will put a cuff on that does it automatically every few minutes and this will stay on for the entire surgery and while you are in the recovery room), take your temp again, and also put a pulse ox monitor on your finger. it just measures how much oxygen you have in your body so they can regulate it(this will also stay on during surgery and in the recovery room) it doesn't hurt or anything. and they'll start an IV in the back of your hand or in the bend of your arm. the dr doing the surgery will usually appear to ask if you have any last minute questions and run through exactly what he is doing again. then if you are extremely nervous they may give you something in the IV to calm you down. it will most likely give you a burning sensation in your arm for a minute but it goes away quickly. it may make you feel tired, looopy, or just chilled out depending on what drug they used.
      then they will wheel you into the operating room and help you scoot over onto the operating table. they'll then put an oxygen mask on your face and heart monitor patches on your chest. then they will either give you the anesthesia through the mask or through the IV. if its through the mask you will just breath it in. it smells like nail polish remover. you may feel like you can't breath cuz the smell is sooo strong but with in a minute you are out like a light. if its given through the IV you will have a burning sensation in your arm for a frew seconds and then you may start to feel dizzy or sick but before you can even tell someone you don't feel good you are out like a light.

      when you wake up you may feel like you just closed your eyes and then opened them again. you may not even realize for a second that the surgery even started let alone it being done already.
      you'll almost certainly feel really tired. you may also experience uncontrolable shaking, being emotional and crying cuz you don't know whats going on, feeling dizzy and possibly fainting, and/or feeling sick and possibly throwing up. these are all common side effects after anesthesia.

      you will start out in the recovery room where there are nurses and other patients coming out of anesthesia. they will monitor you and bug you every few minutes to make sure you are alright. they don't really expect you to full wake up in this room. once you are stable you will be wheeled back up to the room you started in when you got there and that is where your family/friends can see you again. at this point a nurse will come in and really start to try to get you to wake up. they'll try to get you to drink something like apple juice or 7up. they also try to get you to go use the bathroom.
      they usually try to get you up and out as quickly as they can so they can make more room for other patients.
      if you don't feel like you can get up and go then don't let them rush you. its best to go at your own pace this will lessen the chance of you getting extremely sick or dizzy.

      one little thing that i always try to let people know is if you get the least bit chilly ask for a blanket. they have a "warming oven" so when they give you a blanket it is nice and warm. if you are still cold ask for another one and another until you feel comfortable cuz when you get cold you get more shaky and in my opinion then get more nervious.
      oh and if you are prone to cold feet wear a pair of regular socks and then also a pair of those soft fuzzy socks and it will keep your feet toasty.

      the recovery process takes about 10 days.

      you will most likely be taking liquid lortab (which tastes nasty) and liquid amoxicillin (the yummy bubble gum med that you most likely took at some point in your childhood)

      take the pain killers when ever you can. even if your pain isn't all that bad cuz if you skip doses the pin will come back to haunt you. and you may think there isn't enough medicine to last the whole recovery but don't worry cuz they usually allow for one refill which will give you more than enough.

      as much as it may hurt make sure you have lots to drink cuz that will actually lessen the pain and recovery time in the long run.
      when you sleep make sure you set an alarm for at least every 2hrs to have a drink cuz your throat will get extremely dry especially cuz your mouth will most likely be open while sleeping.

      i'll break down my pain levels day by day to give you an idea of what your recovery may be like. i'll give it to you on a scale of 1-10
      day 1 and 2 (2-10)
      day 3 (4-10)
      day 4, 5, 6, 7 (8-10)
      day 8 and 9 (4-10)
      day 10 (2-10)
      by day 12 i was pretty much back to normal.

      the reason the pain will not be too bad and then will rise is cuz as the scabs are forming and your throat is healing it makes it hurt more.
      once the scabs start falling off the pain starts going away again.

      you'll get a nasty taste in your mouth DO NOT TRY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. its due to the scabs forming. you do not want to try to get rid of the scabs before they come off on their own. if you try to brush back there or use mouth wash the scabs may come off before they are ready and you would start bleeding which can be life threatening and you would need to go to the ER.

      the scabs usually come off between 8-12 days after the surgery. you'll sudenly feel the need to cough and after a few good coughs you'll spit out a piece of scab. for me the nasty taste in my mouth suddenly shot through my nose. i actually thought the scab was gonna come out of my nose (of course it didn't but it was weird how the taste become an extreme smell in my nose as i coughed the scabs out).

      you cannot use ibuprofen for 3 weeks prior to the surgery and you cannot start back up using it until 3 weeks after the surgery. ibuprofen can thin blood which would put you at a much higher risk of bleeding.

      you also cannot use a straw until 3 weeks after the surgery.

      as far as food goes you are not supposed to have any dairy. i know so many people say "you can eat all the ice cream you want" but thats not true. back in the day drs used to recommend ice cream cuz its soft and cold but they do not recommend it any more cuz dairy creates a lot of mucous which will cause a lot of congestion and you'll have to cough hard to try to get in out and coughing will highly irritate your throat. plus the congestion causes you to loose your voice.
      (i did not have any dairy during my recovery and i could talk just fine and i was not congested at all)

      things to drink are:
      -tons of cold water
      -apple juice
      -passion fruit juice
      -peach juice
      -gatoraid
      for the first 3 days the only things you are supposed to "eat" are things like jello, popsicles, and soup broth. (thats why you need to have a wide variety of drinks so you don't get extremely bored with your diet)
      after the first 3 days you can start eating things like:
      -mashed potatoes
      -mac n cheese
      -soup
      -oatmeal
      -apple sauce
      -peas
      -baked beans. (my ENT was in shock when i said i loved eating baked beans during my recovery but that was cuz he usually deals with little kids like under 10yrs old and knows many kids don't like them lol)

      you'll go for a 10 day check up. the dr will just look at your throat they won't poke around or anything so don't worry about that happening. as long as they say you look good you'll be able to go back to a pretty much normal diet. they suggest still eating fairly soft foods. (i had a mcdonalds cheeseburger when i left the appointment).
      you just cannot eat chips or pretzels for 3 weeks after the sugery cuz they are rough.

      also you cannot exercise for about 3 weeks afer surgery as well cuz they don't want you to strain anything.

      you do still have a risk of bleeding for 4-6 weeks after the surgery so you souldn't make any plans that require you to leave the area.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you take medicine instead of having you tonsils removed by surgery?
    My tonsils are a little swollen but not as much as all the pics i've seen. i was jst sick and it hurts jst a little to swallow saliva. Im scared of getting them removed because of the pain and was wondering if u cud take a perscription medice so i dont need to have them removed. HELP! IM SCARED!

    • ANSWER:
      You dont have to get them removed !

      There are many different individual viruses and bacteria that can potentially cause tonsillitis. For example the Epstein-Barr virus, which is the cause of glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis), is a common cause. It is typically seen in young people, particularly in situations such as university halls of residence when person-to-person spread is made easier by numerous close contacts.

      Among the bacteria that cause sore throats, the streptococcus group A is the most common – often known as ’strep throat’. The incubation period between picking up the infection and the disease breaking out is two to four days – sometimes it can be less.

      Some of the common symptoms of Tonsillitis includes:

      *Pain swallowing/eating food
      *White patches on Tonsils
      *Swollen tonsils
      *Fever
      *Tenderness of the jaw and throat
      *Headache/Earache
      *Bad Breath

      “You will get better as long as you keep taking the drug”. The drug companies want you to keep using their products. Over and over again. Do you really think they want to CURE YOU ….Or keep you coming back for more?

      Drugs, Drugs….and more DRUGS, they simply do not treat the root cause of the tonsil infection. They mask the symptoms for a while. The tonsillitis becomes Drug Resistant to the treatment and the infection comes back even worse than before, more pain, more suffering and more drugs.

      What about tonsillectomies? Do you know it costs between 00 to 00 for a doctor to perform a tonsillectomy on you? Which one will you prefer, a surgery that cuts you open and also costs 00 to 00 or a natural permanent cure?

      The text above was taken from Jennifer Watts page:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/JenniferWatts

      More tonsil stones success stories:

      You might want to read the story from Diane Puttman:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/DianePuttman

      Or the case of Anna Watson who was a Tonsil stones sufferer
      for over 7 years:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/AnnaWatson

      Another women is Juliana McFadden:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/JulianaMcFadden

      James Anderson even published ugly pictures about
      tonsil stones about his success story:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/JamesAnderson

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you remove a tonsilolith?
    I (think) I have one. Its small and painless, and I was wondering how I could maybe remove it without harming myself. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsiloliths are smelly white balls in the back of your throat. Whatever you want to call it, tonsilolith can be a serious oral problem. Although technically tonsil stones -smelly disgusting off-white balls of food particles and other debris that get stuck to your tonsils- are not dangerous, they can be extremely annoying.

      The tonsil stones can cause horrendous bad breath that makes daily activities such as meeting and greeting people seem like a nightmare.

      Tonsilolith is, unfortunately, not something that you can simply get rid of with a pill or a potion. If you are prone to tonsil stones (due to large tonsils, overactive salivary glands or excessive oral bacteria), then you are stuck with tonsil stones popping up whenever they see fit.

      So how do you treat these awful white balls of embarrassment?

      By reading the five suggestions below:

      1. Practice Good Oral Care. It seems simple and it is. Brush daily. Floss Daily. Use non-sugar, non-alcohol based mouthwash. However, you can also gargle with salt water and cider vinegar, both which can aid in the breaking up of the debris.

      2. Watch what you eat. Experts suggest that lemon and avocado can aid in curing bad breath caused by tonsil stones. You can also try to limit the amount of white sugar in your diet.

      3. Scrape, Scrape and Scrape. If you have the gag reflex for it, you can try to scrape these little balls of smell out of your mouth. Some use their fingers; some use a Q-tip; some use their tongue; some use their toothbrush; some use toothpicks. It's up to you and your gag reflex.

      4. Sneeze them out: Coughing, sneezing or flexing your throat can also work to get rid of tonsil stones. This is because you are releasing the stones from the tonsils and thus they will be coughed up. Be warned- they will most likely emit an extremely unpleasant odour.

      5. Opt for surgery. A final suggestion, which should be discussed with your doctor, is tonsil removal, or a tonsillectomy. Keep in mind that this can be dangerous and expensive.

      When it comes to tonsiloliths, you either get them or you don't. Combat against them with the above suggestions that will ensure your life continues on, with or without tonsil stones.

  31. QUESTION:
    What's the worst thing that could happen when getting tonsils removed?
    I'm getting them out in 2 days, and im kinda nervous about getting knocked out by the anesthesia
    ok dr. dave your answer was nice and all but u did answer the question at all

    • ANSWER:
      well obviously the worst that could happen is that you die but that is HIGHLY UNLIKELY.

      i'm 23 amd i've had 9 surgeries including a tonsillectomy in september. (8 surgeries under general anesthesia and 1 under IV sedation).

      i think that knowing what usually happens can sometimes help ease your mind a bit so i'll try to give you a run down of what happens from the time you get to the hospital to the time you leave and what to expect during the recovery process.

      first you'll probably be told not to eat or drink anything effective at midnight the night before surgery.

      you'll go to the hospital and go to the admission desk. they'll put some info into the computer and put a wrist band on.
      then you go up to what ever floor they tell you to and the nurse will put you in a room, ask you a bunch of questions, take your blood pressure and temp, and maybe ask for a urine sample. then they'll give you a gown and tell you to hang out on the bed until they come get you. you'll then be wheeled on a cart down to the preoperative area. depending on your age they may ask your parents to go to the waiting room or they may let them come to the preoperative area with you.
      down in pre-op they will ask you a bunch of the same questions that you were already asked just so they can be sure everything was written correctly. they'll take your BP again (they will put a cuff on that does it automatically every few minutes and this will stay on for the entire surgery and while you are in the recovery room), take your temp again, and also put a pulse ox monitor on your finger. it just measures how much oxygen you have in your body so they can regulate it(this will also stay on during surgery and in the recovery room) it doesn't hurt or anything. and they'll start an IV in the back of your hand or in the bend of your arm. the dr doing the surgery will usually appear to ask if you have any last minute questions and run through exactly what he is doing again. then if you are extremely nervous they may give you something in the IV to calm you down. it will most likely give you a burning sensation in your arm for a minute but it goes away quickly. it may make you feel tired, looopy, or just chilled out depending on what drug they used.
      then they will wheel you into the operating room and help you scoot over onto the operating table. they'll then put an oxygen mask on your face and heart monitor patches on your chest. then they will either give you the anesthesia through the mask or through the IV. if its through the mask you will just breath it in. it smells like nail polish remover. you may feel like you can't breath cuz the smell is sooo strong but with in a minute you are out like a light. if its given through the IV you will have a burning sensation in your arm for a frew seconds and then you may start to feel dizzy or sick but before you can even tell someone you don't feel good you are out like a light.

      when you wake up you may feel like you just closed your eyes and then opened them again. you may not even realize for a second that the surgery even started let alone it being done already.
      you'll almost certainly feel really tired. you may also experience uncontrolable shaking, being emotional and crying cuz you don't know whats going on, feeling dizzy and possibly fainting, and/or feeling sick and possibly throwing up. these are all common side effects after anesthesia.

      you will start out in the recovery room where there are nurses and other patients coming out of anesthesia. they will monitor you and bug you every few minutes to make sure you are alright. they don't really expect you to full wake up in this room. once you are stable you will be wheeled back up to the room you started in when you got there and that is where your parents can see you again. at this point a nurse will come in and really start to try to get you to wake up. they'll try to get you to drink something like apple juice or 7up. they also try to get you to go use the bathroom.
      they usually try to get you up and out as quickly as they can so they can make more room for other patients.
      if you don't feel like you can get up and go then don't let them rush you. its best to go at your own pace this will lessen the chance of you getting extremely sick or dizzy.

      one little thing that i always try to let people know is if you get the least bit chilly ask for a blanket. they have a "warming oven" so when they give you a blanket it is nice and warm. if you are still cold ask for another one and another until you feel comfortable cuz when you get cold you get more shaky and in my opinion then get more nervious.
      oh and if you are prone to cold feet wear a pair of regular socks and then also a pair of those soft fuzzy socks and it will keep your feet toasty.

      the recovery process takes about 10 days.

      you will most likely be taking liquid lortab (which tastes nasty) and liquid amoxicillin (the yummy bubble gum med that you most likely took at some point in your childhood)

      take the pain killers when ever you can. even if your pain isn't all that bad cuz if you skip doses the pin will come back to haunt you. and you may think there isn't enough medicine to last the whole recovery but don't worry cuz they usually allow for one refill which will give you more than enough.

      as much as it may hurt make sure you have lots to drink cuz that will actually lessen the pain and recovery time in the long run.
      when you sleep make sure you set an alarm for at least every 2hrs to have a drink cuz your throat will get extremely dry especially cuz your mouth will most likely be open while sleeping.

      i'll break down my pain levels day by day to give you an idea of what your recovery may be like. i'll give it to you on a scale of 1-10
      day 1 and 2 (2-10)
      day 3 (4-10)
      day 4, 5, 6, 7 (8-10)
      day 8 and 9 (4-10)
      day 10 (2-10)
      by day 12 i was pretty much back to normal.

      the reason the pain will not be too bad and then will rise is cuz as the scabs are forming and your throat is healing it makes it hurt more.
      once the scabs start falling off the pain starts going away again.

      you'll get a nasty taste in your mouth DO NOT TRY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. its due to the scabs forming. you do not want to try to get rid of the scabs before they come off on their own. if you try to brush back there or use mouth wash the scabs may come off before they are ready and you would start bleeding which can be life threatening and you would need to go to the ER.

      the scabs usually come off between 8-12 days after the surgery. you'll sudenly feel the need to cough and after a few good coughs you'll spit out a piece of scab. for me the nasty taste in my mouth suddenly shot through my nose. i actually thought the scab was gonna come out of my nose (of course it didn't but it was weird how the taste become an extreme smell in my nose as i coughed the scabs out).

      you cannot use ibuprofen for 3 weeks prior to the surgery and you cannot start back up using it until 3 weeks after the surgery. ibuprofen can thin blood which would put you at a much higher risk of bleeding.

      you also cannot use a straw until 3 weeks after the surgery.

      as far as food goes you are not supposed to have any dairy. i know so many people say "you can eat all the ice cream you want" but thats not true. back in the day drs used to recommend ice cream cuz its soft and cold but they do not recommend it any more cuz dairy creates a lot of mucous which will cause a lot of congestion and you'll have to cough hard to try to get in out and coughing will highly irritate your throat. plus the congestion causes you to loose your voice.
      (i did not have any dairy during my recovery and i could talk just fine and i was not congested at all)

      things to drink are:
      -tons of cold water
      -apple juice
      -passion fruit juice
      -peach juice
      -gatoraid
      for the first 3 days the only things you are supposed to "eat" are things like jello, popsicles, and soup broth. (thats why you need to have a wide variety of drinks so you don't get extremely bored with your diet)
      after the first 3 days you can start eating things like:
      -mashed potatoes
      -mac n cheese
      -soup
      -oatmeal
      -apple sauce
      -peas
      -baked beans. (my ENT was in shock when i said i loved eating baked beans during my recovery but that was cuz he usually deals with little kids like under 10yrs old and knows many kids don't like them lol)

      you'll go for a 10 day check up. the dr will just look at your throat they won't poke around or anything so don't worry about that happening. as long as they say you look good you'll be able to go back to a pretty much normal diet. they suggest still eating fairly soft foods. (i had a mcdonalds cheeseburger when i left the appointment).
      you just cannot eat chips or pretzels for 3 weeks after the sugery cuz they are rough.

      also you cannot exercise for about 3 weeks afer surgery as well cuz they don't want you to strain anything.

      you do still have a risk of bleeding for 4-6 weeks after the surgery so you souldn't make any plans that require you to leave the area.

  32. QUESTION:
    What's the danger of tonsils operation and narcosis?
    My girlfriend let her tonsils get removed tomorrow and is therefore anesthetized (narcosis). Now my mother says that risks could be dangerous like not waking up anymore or even death. Can Someone please give me more information about the risks of this operation? I can not ask the doctor himself as my girlfriend goes alone with her mother. Anyway my mother really has gotten me into panic now with what she told =(

    • ANSWER:
      removing the tonsil is called tonsillectomy

      death after surgery is ULTRA RARE, there's nothing to be worried about

      never waking up? how does that even relate to the removal of the tonsil, she will wake up

      this is what you can expect after the surgery

      The surgery may be done as outpatient surgery or, occasionally, during an overnight hospital stay.

      A very sore throat usually follows a tonsillectomy and may last for several days. This may affect the sound and volume of the person's voice and his or her ability to eat and drink. The person may also have bad-smelling breath for a few days after surgery. There is a very small risk of bleeding after surgery.

      A child having a tonsillectomy may feel "out of sorts" for a period of a week to 10 days. But if the child is feeling well enough, there is no need to restrict his or her activity or to keep the child at home after the first few days.

  33. QUESTION:
    How are tonsil stones harmful to me?
    Ever since I got really sick a month ago I have been getting tonsil stones of both my tonsils. I have to pick the stones out all the time. Now I am sick again. Do tonsil stone affect my immune system somehow?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not so much the tonsil stones that's making you sick. Most times, they are harmless. Unless they get grotesquely big (see third link and scroll down for pics). I think (just my speculation) it's when your tonsils reached it's limit trying to filter out all the bad stuff. Then either your tonsil gets infected (tonsillitis) or the bug you caught spreads to the rest of your body.

      As for your tonsil, it's basically doing it's job (first line defense) by filtering out the junk (bad bacteria, dead white cells, food bits, etc...even the stuff we breath in), before it enters into the rest of your body. It gathers all that garbage forms into those little white 'stones' in the crevices of your tonsils. When your tonsils gets full of those little buggers, it irritates your throat. At times making you cough/sneeze/gag so that the tonsil stones can dislodge from your tonsils. The tonsil also serves as a red light to show you that some bad funk just entered your body. Basically warning you to do something about it before it spreads to the rest of your body.

      I also get them, and the only way to lessen them is to gargle salt water. The rest I usually pick them out with a q-tip or my pinky finger. I heard a couple of people use water picks to flush them out. As for truly preventing them, maybe a tonsillectomy, but I wouldn't do it because (as I said) your tonsils serve a good purpose. I've heard people who had the surgery still received white patches where the tonsils were.

      Anyways, you should visit you ENT (ear nose and throat doctor) to see what the rest of your choices are.

  34. QUESTION:
    I feel really ill with tonsillitis but do not want antibiotics for it . What do you recommend?
    I feel really ill with tonsillitis but i want my body to fight it naturaly do you think it will clear up without antibiotics and how long will it take? Also what do you recomend that will help ease it as i am about cracking up?

    • ANSWER:
      It might be not just tonsilitis, but infectious mononucleosis (kissing disease), viral infection and bunch of others

      What is Tonsillitis?

      Tonsillitis (ton-sil-lie-tiss) is an inflammation of the tonsils caused by an infection. In tonsillitis, the tonsils are enlarged, red, and often coated (either partly or entirely) by a substance that is yellow, gray, or white. Tonsillitis usually occurs as part of a pharyngitis (throat infection). Tonsilitis usually begins with sudden sore throat and painful swallowing.

      Sometimes, tonsillitis reoccurs, and may cause difficulty breathing. If this occurs, your doctor may recommend taking them out. This procedure of removing tonsils from the throat is called a tonsillectomy.

      What are Tonsils?

      The tonsils are fleshy clusters of tissue that lie in bands on both sides of the back of the throat, above and behind the tongue. The tonsils' major function is to catch incoming germs before the germs cause infections in the throat, mouth, or sinuses. Tonsils contain infection-fighting cells and antibodies that stop the spread of the germs further into the body.

      If the tonsils are taken out, the individual will not suffer from more infections than they did when they had their tonsils. There are other tissues in the body that will produce antibodies to fight infection.

      What are the symptoms?

      Each person with tonsillitis may not experience all of the symptoms. Some of the major symptoms are: a very sore throat, fever, redder-than-normal tonsils, chills, a yellow or white coating on the tonsils, a funny-sounding voice, swollen glands in the neck, and bad breath.

      How is tonsillitis diagnosed?

      Tonsillitis can be diagnosed by performing a rapid strep test, also called a throat culture. To perform the throat culture, the doctor will use a long cotton swab to swipe off some of the stuff on the surface of the back of your throat. The doctor will then test the "stuff" on the cotton swab. This test will determine whether you have tonsillitis and whether it is caused by a bacteria or a virus.

      Is Tonsillitis Contagious?

      Yes. Tonsillitis usually spreads from person to person by contact with the throat or nasal fluids of someone who is already infected.

      How Is Tonsillitis Treated?
      Treatment for tonsillitis depends on whether it was caused by a virus or bacteria. If the tonsillitis was caused by strep bacteria (streptococci), the doctor will prescribe antibiotics. If the tonsillitis was caused by a virus, your body will fight off the infection on its own. However, medication can be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms.

      How long does Tonsillitis Last?

      If tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, with antibiotic treatment, the illness is usually cured within 1 week. However, it may take several weeks for the tonsils and swollen glands to return to normal size.

      When tonsillitis is caused by viruses, the length of illness depends on which virus is involved. Usually, people are almost completely recovered within 1 week.

      Tonsillitis..What is it?

      www.mamashealth.com/tonsillitis.asp

      Tonsillitis

      http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/teeth/tonsillitis.html

      Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils caused by an infection and typically causes sore throat, fever, swollen glands in the neck
      http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/tonsillitis.html

      Tonsilitis check
      http://www.rdoctor.com
      http://www.symptomat.com

      MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Tonsillitis
      Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils. (See also sore throat.) Complications of untreated strep tonsillitis may be severe
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001043.htm

  35. QUESTION:
    Any helpful advice for a tonsillectomy as a adult?
    I've had bouts of tonsilitis upwards from a year or so, anybody have any good advice toward the surgery.Other than my tonsilis im a normally healthy 23 year old female.Is it really that bad, ive read up some pretty terrible horror stories....HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      well its not something i'd like to go through again but it honestly wasn't the worst thing i've ever gone through.
      i'm 23 and i have had 9 surgeries including a tonsillectomy in september. (8 surgeries were under general anesthesia and 1 surgery was under IV sedation).

      i'll try to give you a run down of what usually goes on from the time you get there to the time you leave and the recovery.

      first you'll probably be told not to eat or drink anything effective at midnight the night before surgery.

      you'll go to the hospital and go to the admission desk. they'll put some info into the computer and put a wrist band on.
      then you go up to what ever floor they tell you to and the nurse will put you in a room, ask you a bunch of questions, take your blood pressure and temp, and maybe ask for a urine sample. then they'll give you a gown and tell you to hang out on the bed until they come get you. you'll then be wheeled on a cart down to the preoperative area. depending on your age they may ask your parents to go to the waiting room or they may let them come to the preoperative area with you.
      down in pre-op they will ask you a bunch of the same questions that you were already asked just so they can be sure everything was written correctly. they'll take your BP again (they will put a cuff on that does it automatically every few minutes and this will stay on for the entire surgery and while you are in the recovery room), take your temp again, and also put a pulse ox monitor on your finger. it just measures how much oxygen you have in your body so they can regulate it(this will also stay on during surgery and in the recovery room) it doesn't hurt or anything. and they'll start an IV in the back of your hand or in the bend of your arm. the dr doing the surgery will usually appear to ask if you have any last minute questions and run through exactly what he is doing again. then if you are extremely nervous they may give you something in the IV to calm you down. it will most likely give you a burning sensation in your arm for a minute but it goes away quickly. it may make you feel tired, looopy, or just chilled out depending on what drug they used.
      then they will wheel you into the operating room and help you scoot over onto the operating table. they'll then put an oxygen mask on your face and heart monitor patches on your chest. then they will either give you the anesthesia through the mask or through the IV. if its through the mask you will just breath it in. it smells like nail polish remover. you may feel like you can't breath cuz the smell is sooo strong but with in a minute you are out like a light. if its given through the IV you will have a burning sensation in your arm for a frew seconds and then you may start to feel dizzy or sick but before you can even tell someone you don't feel good you are out like a light.

      when you wake up you may feel like you just closed your eyes and then opened them again. you may not even realize for a second that the surgery even started let alone it being done already.
      you'll almost certainly feel really tired. you may also experience uncontrolable shaking, being emotional and crying cuz you don't know whats going on, feeling dizzy and possibly fainting, and/or feeling sick and possibly throwing up. these are all common side effects after anesthesia.

      you will start out in the recovery room where there are nurses and other patients coming out of anesthesia. they will monitor you and bug you every few minutes to make sure you are alright. they don't really expect you to full wake up in this room. once you are stable you will be wheeled back up to the room you started in when you got there and that is where your parents can see you again. at this point a nurse will come in and really start to try to get you to wake up. they'll try to get you to drink something like apple juice or 7up. they also try to get you to go use the bathroom.
      they usually try to get you up and out as quickly as they can so they can make more room for other patients.
      if you don't feel like you can get up and go then don't let them rush you. its best to go at your own pace this will lessen the chance of you getting extremely sick or dizzy.

      one little thing that i always try to let people know is if you get the least bit chilly ask for a blanket. they have a "warming oven" so when they give you a blanket it is nice and warm. if you are still cold ask for another one and another until you feel comfortable cuz when you get cold you get more shaky and in my opinion then get more nervious.
      oh and if you are prone to cold feet wear a pair of regular socks and then also a pair of those soft fuzzy socks and it will keep your feet toasty.

      the recovery process takes about 10 days.

      you will most likely be taking liquid lortab (which tastes nasty) and liquid amoxicillin (the yummy bubble gum med that you most likely took at some point in your childhood)

      take the pain killers when ever you can. even if your pain isn't all that bad cuz if you skip doses the pin will come back to haunt you. and you may think there isn't enough medicine to last the whole recovery but don't worry cuz they usually allow for one refill which will give you more than enough.

      as much as it may hurt make sure you have lots to drink cuz that will actually lessen the pain and recovery time in the long run.
      when you sleep make sure you set an alarm for at least every 2hrs to have a drink cuz your throat will get extremely dry especially cuz your mouth will most likely be open while sleeping.

      i'll break down my pain levels day by day to give you an idea of what your recovery may be like. i'll give it to you on a scale of 1-10
      day 1 and 2 (2-10)
      day 3 (4-10)
      day 4, 5, 6, 7 (8-10)
      day 8 and 9 (4-10)
      day 10 (2-10)
      by day 12 i was pretty much back to normal.

      the reason the pain will not be too bad and then will rise is cuz as the scabs are forming and your throat is healing it makes it hurt more.
      once the scabs start falling off the pain starts going away again.

      you'll get a nasty taste in your mouth DO NOT TRY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. its due to the scabs forming. you do not want to try to get rid of the scabs before they come off on their own. if you try to brush back there or use mouth wash the scabs may come off before they are ready and you would start bleeding which can be life threatening and you would need to go to the ER.

      the scabs usually come off between 8-12 days after the surgery. you'll sudenly feel the need to cough and after a few good coughs you'll spit out a piece of scab. for me the nasty taste in my mouth suddenly shot through my nose. i actually thought the scab was gonna come out of my nose (of course it didn't but it was weird how the taste become an extreme smell in my nose as i coughed the scabs out).

      you cannot use ibuprofen for 3 weeks prior to the surgery and you cannot start back up using it until 3 weeks after the surgery. ibuprofen can thin blood which would put you at a much higher risk of bleeding.

      you also cannot use a straw until 3 weeks after the surgery.

      as far as food goes you are not supposed to have any dairy. i know so many people say "you can eat all the ice cream you want" but thats not true. back in the day drs used to recommend ice cream cuz its soft and cold but they do not recommend it any more cuz dairy creates a lot of mucous which will cause a lot of congestion and you'll have to cough hard to try to get in out and coughing will highly irritate your throat. plus the congestion causes you to loose your voice.
      (i did not have any dairy during my recovery and i could talk just fine and i was not congested at all)

      things to drink are:
      -tons of cold water
      -apple juice
      -passion fruit juice
      -peach juice
      -gatoraid
      for the first 3 days the only things you are supposed to "eat" are things like jello, popsicles, and soup broth. (thats why you need to have a wide variety of drinks so you don't get extremely bored with your diet)
      after the first 3 days you can start eating things like:
      -mashed potatoes
      -mac n cheese
      -soup
      -oatmeal
      -apple sauce
      -peas
      -baked beans. (my ENT was in shock when i said i loved eating baked beans during my recovery but that was cuz he usually deals with little kids like under 10yrs old and knows many kids don't like them lol)

      you'll go for a 10 day check up. the dr will just look at your throat they won't poke around or anything so don't worry about that happening. as long as they say you look good you'll be able to go back to a pretty much normal diet. they suggest still eating fairly soft foods. (i had a mcdonalds cheeseburger when i left the appointment).
      you just cannot eat chips or pretzels for 3 weeks after the sugery cuz they are rough.

      also you cannot exercise for about 3 weeks afer surgery as well cuz they don't want you to strain anything.

      you do still have a risk of bleeding for 4-6 weeks after the surgery so you souldn't make any plans that require you to leave the area.

  36. QUESTION:
    can you die from getting a tonsillectomy?
    I have HORRIBLE anxiety! And these weird white little pebbles (there not hard as a rock) things keep coming out of my tonsils i believe! Can what ever I have kill me? Jw. Maybe its because i don't drink enough water? Thanks for answering!!

    • ANSWER:
      um i think you are a bit confused and don't even know what you are trying to ask.

      you asked if a tonsillectomy (surgery to remove your tonsils) could kill you.
      in fact it can as there are always risks associated with surgery plus if you start bleeding after the tonsillectomy you could literally bleed to death.

      but then all the sudden in your question you asked if the white pebbles coming out of your tonsisls could kill you. that has nothing to do with your original question of whether a tonsillectomy could kill you.
      btw the "white pebbles" are known as tonsil stones and they can be annoying and can start to make yoru tonsils hurt and you could get bad breath but they are not harmful to your health and will not kill you.

  37. QUESTION:
    Having trouble for tonsil stones, natural solution?
    For three years now I've been dealing with tonsil stones. Those who know about it probably also know about its disgusting side effects; the coughing, the irritated throat and worst of all the smell. My parents aren't really for removing my tonsils so I'm looking for a non-medication treatment.
    Any home remedies for the cure of tonsil stones?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get rid of your tonsil stones without drugs or painful surgeries.

      While I got rid of them many years ago without even knowing that those were tonsil stones, I did a recent review on natural solutions available online. Because back when I got infected with Syphilis I got strange bumps on my tongue and that reminded me of tonsil stones, but that is quite another story.

      I personally use now a natural gargle solution but I am not sure if you can get it in the United States. It is called Salviathymol and contains natural herb oils. There is a link to a German site down in the resource box (I usually bring it from there when I visit friends), so you might need to find a place where you can get it yourself in your country.

      However I highly recommend you read of those many examples
      that tonsile stones can be solved naturally:

      You might want to read the story from Diane Puttman:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/DianePuttman

      Or the case of Anna Watson who was a Tonsil stones sufferer
      for over 7 years:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/AnnaWatson

      Another women is Juliana McFadden:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/JulianaMcFadden

      James Anderson even published ugly pictures about
      tonsil stones about his success story:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/JamesAnderson

      The following is taken from Jennifer Watts page:
      http://www.eyeonstd.com/JenniferWatts

      Tonsillitis is the infection of the tonsils, sometimes a simple virus can cause them to inflame. It is extremely common, especially in children and also in adults.

      There are two different types of tonsil infections. A viral infection is usually caused by a sore throat or, in some cases, glandular fever. In about 15 percent of tonsillitis cases, the problem is caused by a bacterial infection. In most cases this is the streptococcus bacteria infection.

      Some of the common symptoms of Tonsillitis includes:

      *Pain swallowing/eating food
      *White patches on Tonsils
      *Swollen tonsils
      *Fever
      *Tenderness of the jaw and throat
      *Headache/Earache
      *Bad Breath

      "You will get better as long as you keep taking the drug". The drug companies want you to keep using their products. Over and over again. Do you really think they want to CURE YOU ....Or keep you coming back for more?

      Drugs, Drugs....and more DRUGS, they simply do not treat the root cause of the tonsil infection. They mask the symptoms for a while. The tonsillitis becomes Drug Resistant to the treatment and the infection comes back even worse than before, more pain, more suffering and more drugs.

      What about tonsillectomies? Do you know it costs between 00 to 00 for a doctor to perform a tonsillectomy on you? Which one will you prefer, a surgery that cuts you open and also costs 00 to 00 or a natural permanent cure?

  38. QUESTION:
    Does getting a tonsillectomy hurt bad?
    Im getting my tonsils out May 4 and im really scared, im 16. Anyone whose has had this done please tell me your experience, preferbally teenagers, becasue I heard the older you are the more painful. Also is it really hard to breath after the surgery ?????, because I have ashma.

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that the older you are the worse it seems to be. Your throat will be quite sore for a while, probably as long as two weeks. You should not have any problem with breathing. Read about the recovery here.

      http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5215316_long-tonsillectomy-recovery_.html

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you have your tonsils removed if you have tonsil stones.?
    You have tonsil stones bad bad bad. They are starting to get impossible to remove and are leaving holes in my tonsils.

    • ANSWER:
      yep you can and in fact i just had a tonsillectomy 4 weeks ago because i've had tonsil stones since i was 12 (i'm 23 now) and in the last couple years they have just gotten to the point that i couldn't stand it anymore. my throat was always sore, i had bad breath, i felt like something was back there, i'd cough a lot, and i'd clear my throat ALL THE TIME. (just the clearing my throat part was an annoying enough sound to make me want my tonsils out lol).

      when i went to the ENT in july he said he only saw like one tonsil stone in each tonsil and they were pretty small but i insisted there were more. sure enough after the surgery he told me that when he cut into my tonsils there were TONS of them so it was a very good decision on my part to have them out.

      most regular drs will say there is no need to take out your tonsils and tonsil stones are nothing to be bothered by (but it seems like they haven't experienced what i did for 11 yrs of my life)
      i would skip the regular dr and head straight to the ENT.

      **edit**
      "maya" sorry to say but you are completely off the mark here.
      first of all tonsil stones doesn't just mean your tonsils are inflamed! tonsil stones are little peices of food that get stuck in your tonsils.
      and NO the holes will not just heal themselves. they get bigger allowing for more to get stuck in there and if you can get the tonsil stone out it will get embedded in your tonsil.

  40. QUESTION:
    What exactly are tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) and how do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some info I found on websites:

      Tonsil Stones are irregularly shaped, whitish/yellow, foul-smelling globs of mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. They form in the tonsil crypts which are simply small pockets or divots that appear in everyone's tonsils. The scientific name for these white globs is tonsilloliths.

      It is only recently that the oral care community has begun to understand what these white spots actually are - many people have reported that their dentist told them that they were just extra food debris, which is not true!

      These tonsillar stones don't do any physical harm, and sporadically coughing them up doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you. However, they can be annoying (who wants to cough one up while they are kissing someone?), and sometimes they are an indication that you have bad breath.

      If you have ever broken open a tonsil stone, then you know that they smell absolutely terrible! The smell is actually caused by a combination of volatile sulfur compounds(methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide), post nasal drip, and bacteria.

      They will only form in people who still have their tonsils; however, that does not mean that you should run out and get your tonsils removed! Not too long ago, they were routinely removed for being swollen and inflamed. What was not understood then was that the tonsils' sole purpose is to prevent organisms and bacteria from traveling deeper in the throat.

      Tonsilloliths are not something that you have to live with - there are various treatments to get rid of them, without having your tonsils removed (which can be dangerous as people get older).

      Tonsillectomies are surgical procedures for removing tonsils. They are not necessary for tonsil stones; there are much easier methods for solving this problem. To get rid of tonsil stones, you may just need to gargle with warm salt water combined with lime juice. You can also squeeze your throat or use a syringe to dislodge them. However, some people may have a recurring problem, but they can use home remedies which normally take care of the tonsilloliths. Laser surgery may be needed for extreme cases, so be sure to consult your doctor if the problem is persistent.

  41. QUESTION:
    Will a doctor do a referral for?
    I get tonsillith stones in my throat. It's very annoying, and causes halitosis. If i go to the doctor and tell him i want a tonsillectomy because im tired of these and the halitosis, shouldn't he write a referral? I was told they will do a tonsillectomy if its causing halitosis (bad breath).

    • ANSWER:
      If the doctor does not consider it medically necessary the refferel might not be approved. You might want to look at health discount plan , which is something you might want to keep handy. Go to www.mybenefitsplus.com/learn and check the video out . You can buy the plan and cancel at anytime after you have your procedure done.

  42. QUESTION:
    6 year old had tonsils and adnoids taken out, but now he has bad breath?
    My 6 year old son had his tonsils and adenoids taken out last Wednesday. I knew he was gonna have bad breath from the scabs, but how long will that last? It about knocks us out! He is to go back to school on Wednesday, but I don't want him to get teased for his breath...Help??!!

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath after tonsillectomy is caused by the healing process and by fluid from infected lymphatic tissue caused by the original infection; this liquid can reach the front of the mouth, coating the teeth, causing halitosis; changes to diet during recovery from tonsillitis can also be a cause of bad breath.

      It's essential that he gargles regularly with salt water, never store-bought mouthwash; chewing gum will also help reduce odour.

      Once the tissues have completely healed and all infected lymphatic tissue has drained, the problem should disappear; if he's still suffering from bad breath after a month he should see his doctor for an oral and pharyngeal (throat) exam, this can be a symptom of infection caused by the surgery itself.

      Take care.

  43. QUESTION:
    What does a Tonsillectomy feel like?
    I have to get one in December! What should i prepare for? Im scared. What should I do. What does recovery feel like? I need answers Quick!!!!!!!!! And I am 13 yrs old. What tools are used in the operation?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how old you are, they say its nothing for any one 10 and under then it gets worse for every year past 10 you go. I had mine taken out three weeks ago now at age 18, the first night I was in allot of pain. but once the meds get into your system its uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful, except from the occasional burst of pain.

      Then on the fifth night I woke up in unbelievable pain but by the morning it had moved onto moderate pain which didn't ease for a couple of days.

      Along side a sore throat, I also suffered bad ear aches and occasional tooth ache. I felt bruised under the tongue for about two weeks, and I couldn't lift it particularly well. Also I had cuts either side of my mouth and you get a mild jaw ache after a couple of days but that's nothing.

      As for the instruments they use, I'd imagine they change between doctors and their methods, I had a needle in my hand for the anesthetic, they then inject a local anesthetic under your tongue once your asleep. They clamp your tongue to keep it out the way and if they need to they might dislocate your jaw (I had this and didn't know anything about it until the mild jaw ache a few days later). They put tubes through your nose to help you breath. The surgeon then uses a heated scalpel to take your tonsils out the heat cauterizes as they're cut away so there's not a lot of bleeding.

      When you come round from the op your mouth will feel numb like after
      you've had dental work done, and you can taste blood in your throat and if you burp you can taste blood for a few days.

      Eating is hard but I was told that I had to eat something with texture to it to clean your throat (i.e. not just jelly) bread and baked potatoes were fairly easy to eat. Don't even think about anything remotely acid based, I tried to drink squash after I came round and it stung really bad, it was two weeks before I could drink anything other than water and I still can't drink orange juice.

      A few tips for managing the pain; hot flannels on my neck eased the pain, also hot baths. lozenges make it worse if anything, I had the ones with local anesthetic in them all they did was make my tongue numb, they did nothing for the pain and left thick saliva which I couldn't swallow. Ice cream is also good after a couple of days, but if you have it too early cold stuff hurts.

      I hope there's enough info there to help you know what to expect, it's the worst sore throat you'll ever have but also probably the last. You will be in a fair amount of pain for about 10 days but you'll get through it, good luck :D

  44. QUESTION:
    I'm getting a tonsillectomy tomorrow and am wondering what to expect?
    I'm 17 and haven't been told much about what to expect, can I eat, is it extremely painful as painful as tonsillitis, can I talk, is it hard to sleep, oh and do you still have enough energy to roam around the house or are you bed ridden sorry theres so many questions lol,
    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      These are questions to ask at your pre-op appointment but here is some info for you as I had my tonsils & adnoids out 21 years ago (I was 2, and I'm 23 now) and cannot relate since I can't remember that far back:

      Preparing for Your Tonsillectomy

      As your surgery gets closer, you'll need to remember a few things. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, since this can cause more bleeding after the surgery. If you need medicine for pain or fever, only take Tylenol. Also, get your prescriptions filled a few days before the surgery, so that you won't have to worry about doing it while you're in pain. The doctor will most likely be giving you 2 prescriptions; one for an antibiotic like liquid form amoxicillin (which tastes good) and another for a pain killer, like Tylenol with codeine or Percoset. The liquid form antibiotics are usually only good for 14 days, so don't get this one filled too soon before surgery.On the day of your surgery, remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes water, candy, gum, etc. Do not put anything into your mouth. This will probably be hard, especially if your appointment is later in the day. Do not take medications before the surgery, unless
      your doctor tells you to. No smoking or tobacco use before surgery either. The surgeon will operate on younger children first, then adults later on. Children are first priority for this surgery. Next, you must make arrangements for someone to drive you home from the surgery and stay with you for at least 24 hours. This time after surgery is the most important for someone to be there for you, especially because you'll still be groggy from the anesthesia. If you don't have somebody there with you, your surgery will be rescheduled.

      What To Expect After Surgery

      The surgery may be done as outpatient surgery or, occasionally, during an overnight hospital stay.

      A very sore throat usually follows a tonsillectomy and may last for several days. This may affect the sound and volume of the person's voice and his or her ability to eat and drink. The person may also have bad-smelling breath for a few days after surgery. There is a very small risk of bleeding after surgery.

      A child having a tonsillectomy may feel "out of sorts" for a period of a week to 10 days. But if the child is feeling well enough, there is no need to restrict his or her activity or to keep the child at home after the first few days.

  45. QUESTION:
    Should I get a tonsillectomy?
    I'm 15 and I get tonsil stones every few months. But my parents want me to get a tonsillectomy but I don't feel the need to. I never have problem swallowing or anything I just sometimes have bad breath, And I'm also scared of all kinds of surgery especially in my country.

    • ANSWER:
      NO! Tonsils do not have other jobs after age 3. They are a filter that catch every illness you come in contact with until age 3, and then they are supposed to stop working and just sit there. Tonsil stones do not hurt you. If you are concerned about your bad breath or if you're sick a lot, it's a good thing to consider, but if you're not bothered, don't do it!

      I got my tonsils out 5 days ago and the recovery is horrible! I'm 23, so a little older, but good lord this pain is excruciating! I only got mine out because I could choose to get sick many times per year or get them out. I'm a schoolteacher, so I do not have the option of being sick all the time.

      Don't get them out unless absolutely necessary!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is a tonsillectomy like?
    im scared i might have to get one(i have to go to the doctors to see what they say) but my tonsils are a little swollen and it hurts to swallow and they have spots on them. so whats it like directly after the surgery(pain?) and after a few days on a scale of 1-10 how bad is it.
    oh and im scard of needles...like really really scard. do they use ivs?

    • ANSWER:
      i'm 23 and i've had 9 surgeries including a tonsillectomy last september so i pretty much know the drill.

      i'll try to give you a run down of what usually goes on from the time you get there to the time you leave as well as the recovery process.

      first you'll probably be told not to eat or drink anything effective at midnight the night before surgery.

      you'll go to the hospital and go to the admission desk. they'll put some info into the computer and put a wrist band on.
      then you go up to what ever floor they tell you to and the nurse will put you in a room, ask you a bunch of questions, take your blood pressure and temp, and maybe ask for a urine sample. then they'll give you a gown and tell you to hang out on the bed until they come get you. you'll then be wheeled on a cart down to the preoperative area. depending on your age they may ask your parents to go to the waiting room or they may let them come to the preoperative area with you.
      down in pre-op they will ask you a bunch of the same questions that you were already asked just so they can be sure everything was written correctly. they'll take your BP again (they will put a cuff on that does it automatically every few minutes and this will stay on for the entire surgery and while you are in the recovery room), take your temp again, and also put a pulse ox monitor on your finger. it just measures how much oxygen you have in your body so they can regulate it(this will also stay on during surgery and in the recovery room) it doesn't hurt or anything. and they'll start an IV in the back of your hand or in the bend of your arm. the dr doing the surgery will usually appear to ask if you have any last minute questions and run through exactly what he is doing again. then if you are extremely nervous they may give you something in the IV to calm you down. it will most likely give you a burning sensation in your arm for a minute but it goes away quickly. it may make you feel tired, looopy, or just chilled out depending on what drug they used.
      then they will wheel you into the operating room and help you scoot over onto the operating table. they'll then put an oxygen mask on your face and heart monitor patches on your chest. then they will either give you the anesthesia through the mask or through the IV. if its through the mask you will just breath it in. it smells like nail polish remover. you may feel like you can't breath cuz the smell is sooo strong but with in a minute you are out like a light. if its given through the IV you will have a burning sensation in your arm for a frew seconds and then you may start to feel dizzy or sick but before you can even tell someone you don't feel good you are out like a light.

      when you wake up you may feel like you just closed your eyes and then opened them again. you may not even realize for a second that the surgery even started let alone it being done already.
      you'll almost certainly feel really tired. you may also experience uncontrolable shaking, being emotional and crying cuz you don't know whats going on, feeling dizzy and possibly fainting, and/or feeling sick and possibly throwing up. these are all common side effects after anesthesia.

      you will start out in the recovery room where there are nurses and other patients coming out of anesthesia. they will monitor you and bug you every few minutes to make sure you are alright. they don't really expect you to full wake up in this room. once you are stable you will be wheeled back up to the room you started in when you got there and that is where your parents can see you again. at this point a nurse will come in and really start to try to get you to wake up. they'll try to get you to drink something like apple juice or 7up. they also try to get you to go use the bathroom.
      they usually try to get you up and out as quickly as they can so they can make more room for other patients.
      if you don't feel like you can get up and go then don't let them rush you. its best to go at your own pace this will lessen the chance of you getting extremely sick or dizzy.

      one little thing that i always try to let people know is if you get the least bit chilly ask for a blanket. they have a "warming oven" so when they give you a blanket it is nice and warm. if you are still cold ask for another one and another until you feel comfortable cuz when you get cold you get more shaky and in my opinion then get more nervious.
      oh and if you are prone to cold feet wear a pair of regular socks and then also a pair of those soft fuzzy socks and it will keep your feet toasty.

      the recovery process takes about 10 days.

      you will most likely be taking liquid lortab (which tastes nasty) and liquid amoxicillin (the yummy bubble gum med that you most likely took at some point in your childhood)

      take the pain killers when ever you can. even if your pain isn't all that bad cuz if you skip doses the pain will come back to haunt you. and you may think there isn't enough medicine to last the whole recovery but don't worry cuz they usually allow for one refill which will give you more than enough.

      as much as it may hurt make sure you have lots to drink cuz that will actually lessen the pain and recovery time in the long run.
      when you sleep make sure you set an alarm for at least every 2hrs to have a drink cuz your throat will get extremely dry especially cuz your mouth will most likely be open while sleeping.

      i'll break down my pain levels day by day to give you an idea of what your recovery may be like. i'll give it to you on a scale of 1-10
      day 1 and 2 (2-10)
      day 3 (4-10)
      day 4, 5, 6, 7 (8-10)
      day 8 and 9 (4-10)
      day 10 (2-10)
      by day 12 i was pretty much back to normal.

      the reason the pain will not be too bad and then will rise is cuz as the scabs are forming and your throat is healing it makes it hurt more.
      once the scabs start falling off the pain starts going away again.

      you'll get a nasty taste in your mouth DO NOT TRY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. its due to the scabs forming. you do not want to try to get rid of the scabs before they come off on their own. if you try to brush back there or use mouth wash the scabs may come off before they are ready and you would start bleeding which can be life threatening and you would need to go to the ER.

      the scabs usually come off between 8-12 days after the surgery. you'll sudenly feel the need to cough and after a few good coughs you'll spit out a piece of scab. for me the nasty taste in my mouth suddenly shot through my nose. i actually thought the scab was gonna come out of my nose (of course it didn't but it was weird how the taste become an extreme smell in my nose as i coughed the scabs out).

      you cannot use ibuprofen for 3 weeks prior to the surgery and you cannot start back up using it until 3 weeks after the surgery. ibuprofen can thin blood which would put you at a much higher risk of bleeding.

      you also cannot use a straw until 3 weeks after the surgery.

      as far as food goes you are not supposed to have any dairy. i know so many people say "you can eat all the ice cream you want" but thats not true. back in the day drs used to recommend ice cream cuz its soft and cold but they do not recommend it any more cuz dairy creates a lot of mucous which will cause a lot of congestion and you'll have to cough hard to try to get in out and coughing will highly irritate your throat. plus the congestion causes you to loose your voice.
      (i did not have any dairy during my recovery and i could talk just fine and i was not congested at all)

      things to drink are:
      -tons of cold water
      -apple juice
      -passion fruit juice
      -peach juice
      -gatoraid
      for the first 3 days the only things you are supposed to "eat" are things like jello, popsicles, and soup broth. (thats why you need to have a wide variety of drinks so you don't get extremely bored with your diet)
      after the first 3 days you can start eating things like:
      -mashed potatoes
      -mac n cheese
      -soup
      -oatmeal
      -apple sauce
      -peas
      -baked beans. (my ENT was in shock when i said i loved eating baked beans during my recovery but that was cuz he usually deals with little kids like under 10yrs old and knows many kids don't like them lol)

      you'll go for a 10 day check up. the dr will just look at your throat they won't poke around or anything so don't worry about that happening. as long as they say you look good you'll be able to go back to a pretty much normal diet. they suggest still eating fairly soft foods. (i had a mcdonalds cheeseburger when i left the appointment).
      you just cannot eat chips or pretzels for 3 weeks after the sugery cuz they are rough.

      also you cannot exercise for about 3 weeks afer surgery as well cuz they don't want you to strain anything.

      you do still have a risk of bleeding for 4-6 weeks after the surgery so you souldn't make any plans that require you to leave the area.

  47. QUESTION:
    wich one is the best way to get rid of Tonsillolith?
    is food that stocks inside the holes of tonsilles and cause bad breath (alithosis)

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillolith or Tonsil Stone

      Small white or tan foul smelling balls found in tonsils. These form in many pockets of which are called crypts located in the tonsil on ether side of the tonsils. The most probably make up are bacteria and white blood cells, the inner lining of the tonsils. The patient typically notices something like a stuck piece of food or something hard within the back of their mouth. If that is the case then the stone is probably protruding from a crypt. Typically these will self extract and will be digested by the patient. To ease the irritation you can take a flashlight and a cotton tipped stick and "pop" out the tonsillolith by forcing from the side like popping a pimple. Some may be behind areas not easily accessable depending how your parents designed your tonsil. You can design a paperclip bend banded to a pen so it can enter the crypts or around corners. Over time, you will be able to control the gag reflex. Please be gentle and if there is bleeding, stop immediatly and try another time.

      Another option is to have a tonsillectomy which is a complete removal of the tonsils. This will solve the problem completely. I would only considered this if it were a very serious issue, damaging your well being. Otherwise, it can just be a daily routine like brushing your teeth.

      In order to get rid of or at least decrease the production of the Tonsilloliths

      it is important to do a NASAL WASH with saltwater each time before you brush your teeth ( and tongue !).

      To make the saltwater solution, mix one-half teaspoon unionized salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Unionized salt is used because iodized salt may be irritating when used over a long period of time.

      Sniff the liquid up your nose, one nostril at a time and allow the fluid to run out of your mouth

      Then brush your teeth and tongue with toothpaste as usual.

      After a few days the Tonsilloliths will start to come loose and a few days later their production will become less and less.

      Many doctors tell their patients to gargle with salt water in order to get rid of the Tonsilloliths. But gargling is simply not enough. You have to do the Nasal Wash with the saltwater aswell. At least once or twice a day.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long to Recup from Tonsilictomy?
    For 6.5 yr old, how many days/weeks for complete recovery? Any recent experiece?
    What should we know? Your input appreciated
    Planning ahead! ~Her Mawmaw

    • ANSWER:
      Our son had an adnoidectomy, but a lot of the problems after are similar. Now my husband is going in for a tonsillectomy. Luckily my cousin worked as an ENT nurse for years and was really helpful. We were told 1-2 weeks of recovery. You can expect a lot of pain (but they are pretty good about giving pain meds), they will probably be tired, it will be difficult for them to talk at first, and their breath will smell. I want to explain the bad breath because I was warned and I still wasn't prepared. I'm going to be a little graphic so -sorry: imagine you skin your knee really badly, and it scabs over, now imagine it gets wet in the tub or pool, now imagine it stays wet, for days.... now imagine its in the back of your throat. The smell basically comes from that, and to say it smells horrid isn't doing it justice. Most of the risk post-surgery has to do with bleeding. They recommend that you only eat soft (preferable liquid) foods that don't contain dairy (because it causes phlegm) at first.

  49. QUESTION:
    I have 'Tonsil Rocks' and I don't want a tonsillectomy. What can I do?
    That pretty much covers it. Is there a home remedy anyone knows of?

    • ANSWER:
      about the only things you can do is...
      use your fingers to get them out
      use a Q tip to get them out
      rinse with salt water every day

      if they are bothersome and causing symptoms like sore throat every day, feeling like something is stuck in your throat, coughing, always clearing your throat, bad breath..... then its time to see an ENT and get your tonsils out.

  50. QUESTION:
    What if im allergic to the Anastasia from surgery??
    im having a tonsillectomy tomorrow (im 14 yr old girl) and im TERRIFIED! im sooo scared! but my question is What if im allergic to the anastasia (stuff to make u go to sleep) will it kill me?? ive never been put to sleep before! and im also confused about the tube they put down your throat? the doctor says it breaths for me while im in surgery....what if something happens and the machine stops working...do i die?? and what if i wake up and the tubes still in my throat.....wont it choke me............im soo freaked out soo any answers and advice would be GREATLY aprreciated
    thank you SOO MUCH everyone for your help! im not as worried anymore! and as for me spelling it wrong.....well i typed it in and a million results came up soo i changed it to one of them that looked right LOL! sorry and trust me ive been praying about it! im MUCH less scared now! and ill tell ya how i do! THANKS SOO MUCH!
    hey everyone THanks soo much! surgery went well! and it couldnt of gone any smoother!! i was calm and everything went fine! now im just in ALOT of pain but thanks! just thought id let you know how i did

    • ANSWER:
      jsut chill, i was allergic, all that happened was that i had to stay home a bit longer, and i would get a bit dizzy for the week after the surgery. its not bad... you wont die, this is such a standard procedure that im sure the doctor could do it in his sleep (which im sure he wont)

      dont worry, everything will be okay....plus think about it, after you get popsicals...all the popsicals you want

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