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my 5 yr old daughter had an adenoidectomy but was not given any medicines for healing. her mouth smells really bad now. what could be the reason?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Totally normal: Some doctors give antibiotics to help prevent the odor but the most common complaint from parents that i hear about children who have adenoidectomy's is a several days of very foul breath. It goes away and is nothing to worry about. It occurs because in the back of the nose when the adenoids are removed tissue left behind becomes colonized with bacteria. This is only temporary.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
There are...: ...No medicines that speed up healing. Scar formation in the mucous membranes such as in the mouth and throat always produces exudate that smells rotten (ask anyone who had a tooth extracted.) your doctor can certainly check to make sure that nothing else is happening, but what you are describing sounds pretty much as expected for adenoidectomy.

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Last updated Aug 26, 2013

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