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A 21-year-old female asked:

8 days post tonsillectomy, severe pain on 1 side and earrache and also im sure i might be swallowing pus? im not sure if this is to be expected?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Maybe: Throat and ear pain are common after tonsillectomy. The ear pain is actually "referred" pain from the throat. This is not uncommon, even 8 days after surgery, particularly if you are not drinking enough. Infection after tonsillectomy is uncommon and the "pus" you describe is often normal sloughing of the scab as the throat heals. It may be grey or white in color.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Probably normal: It can take a couple of weeks for you to get over it. The ear pain is common. You may want to chew on gummy candy or gum to see if that loosens up some of the throat muscles spasms. Ask your ENT if they're okay with you using Motrin as that can really help. Use a nasal saline mist hourly while awake if still having a lot of mucous, or at least saline gargles. Or see your ENT for a recheck.
Dr. William Rosenblatt
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
See your doctor: Go back and see your doctor, let him take a look. It may be normal, but it should be checked out.

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