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Is it normal to have a bad taste in the mouth after tonsillectomy

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: This should get better with time. By 3-4 weeks postop, you should be feeling better.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: It is common to have a bad taste in the mouth for several days to weeks following tonsil surgery. Occasionally, the taste buds on the tongue can get ... Read More
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Not usually: Sometimes the taste can be affected, hopefully short term, by the operation itself. In order to expose the tonsils a device is used which pushes the t... Read More

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Blood: May give you a bad taste for a few days.
Dr. Samuel Burchfield
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Drainage from wound.: As you heal from your surgery there will be a minor amount of normal discharge from the wound that has a characteristic bad taste and odor.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
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Sense of smell: Taste is augmented by the sense of smell. Having said that I'm not sure what is going on but I think you should check with your doctor or get another ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Infection: Often when there is surgery in the mouth there is an odor associated with it. Just to be sure have your child checked for an infection.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Tonsillectomy postop: What you are suffering sounds like a very typically post-op course. You have to expect the worst sore throat of your life and it will likely last abo... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: If your symptoms have been worsening like this, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation to see what's going on.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: If you are having symptoms months after your tonsillectomy I do not think this has anything to do with your surgery. Double check with your ENT or PCP... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Yavrouian
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsillectomy: Yes. It can take a week or two for the tonsillar wound to heal. The white appearance is part of the healing process.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
7-10 days: 7-10 days. Try ibuprofen. Saline rinses.
A male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Uvula: No smoking, alcohol, spicy foods, TCH for the next three weeks. Can suck on ice chips to decrease swelling.

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