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Can I get a middle ear infection when my tonsils and adenoids are removed?

Can I get a middle ear infection when my tonsils and adenoids are removed?

Yes: Absolutely... The issue is related to your eustachian tubes - not your adenoid/tonsils (or absence). ...Read more

Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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Hi. I got my tonsils removed over a year ago due to chronic strep throat and frequent tonsil stones. Since my tonsillectomy, I often develop a sore throat, white patches, and pain in the areas where my tonsils used to be. Could there possibly be residual

Hi. I got my tonsils removed over a year ago due to chronic strep throat and frequent tonsil stones. Since my tonsillectomy, I often develop a sore throat, white patches, and pain in the areas where my tonsils used to be. Could there possibly be residual

Tonsillectomy: taking the tonsils out doesn't mean you won't develop sore throat any more, on the contrary, an important organ which helps contain infection now is removed, main reason is that tonsils become useless and themselves are harmful if left where they are, there are other tonsils at a lower level called lingual tonsils, smaller in size, can get infected too, but to a lesser degree, see ur doctor ...Read more

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I have a bad ear infection and i'm using ciprodex. Now my teeth are hurting. Can it be because of the ear infection.

I have a bad ear infection and i'm using ciprodex.  Now my teeth are hurting. Can it be because of the ear infection.

See your dentist!: If you have a sinus infection, the rearmost upper teeth may hurt. I would see your dentist to be sure that you don't have a temporo-mandibular joint disorder (tmd). Clenching and bruxing can make the teeth sore and affect the jaw joint. I have seen patients complain of a feeling of "water in their ear". A bite appliance resolved the issue. ...Read more

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Could me having ear tubes be the cause of my ear infections. I got them in 4th grade and they already came out.

Could me having ear tubes be the cause of my ear infections. I got them in 4th grade and they already came out.

Odd question: The walls of the middle ear make mucous like the skin inside your cheeks. The mucous, is a food source for germs, who enter middle ear space from the blocked eustachian tube ; multiply to the point they may cause fever or pain. The tubes provide an extra drain for mucous so it is not trapped, and germs have nothing to feed them.This drops the frequency of infections, it doesn't increase them. ...Read more

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Can I get my tonsils and adenoids removed if I have a bad cold?

Can I get my tonsils and adenoids removed if I have a bad cold?

No: Most anesthesiologists will not put you to sleep if you have a really bad cold. It is safer to wait 7-10 days for the cold to resolve. ...Read more

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Can I get my hearing back and get rid of this fluid inside ear without tubes just antibios?

Can I get my hearing back and get rid of this fluid inside ear without tubes just antibios?

Usually: Most episodes of fluid behind the tympanic membrane will resolve spontaneously, or with antibiotics. Tubes are only used when fluid remains for more than 90 days or there other problems observed in the ear. ...Read more

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Will an ENT take my tonsils out? My tonsils have always been about the size of ping-pong balls when i'm not sick, and even larger when I do get sick. They cause me major problems with strept throat and i get awful tonsil stones fairly often, causing horri

Will an ENT take my tonsils out? My tonsils have always been about the size of ping-pong balls when i'm not sick, and even larger when I do get sick. They cause me major problems with strept throat and i get awful tonsil stones fairly often, causing horri

Based : Based on the history you give, you certainly would be a candidate for tonsillectomy by an ENT surgeon. You should consult a board certified ENT to determine whether tonsillectomy is truly indicated or not based on your current problems and physical exam. I hope this information helps you in your treatment of chronic tonsil problems. ...Read more

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I've had my tonsils out and my lymph nodes seem to be swollen lot can it be from allergies I get a lot of drainage?

I've had my tonsils out and my lymph nodes seem to be swollen lot can it be from allergies I get a lot of drainage?

Inflammation: Enlarged nodes are usually an indication of inflammation, mostly from infections. You may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if the lymph glands double in size, become painful, ulcerate, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a danger of getting a middle ear infection with my tonsils and adenoids removed?

Is there a danger of getting a middle ear infection with my tonsils and adenoids removed?

Yes: Removing tonsils and adenoids can make ear infections less common, but they can still happen. Talk to your doctor if you want to consider any other treatment. ...Read more

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I have a problem in the ear nose throat section? My ears tend to be plugged and pop off and on

I have a problem in the ear nose throat section?  My ears tend to be plugged and pop off and on

Very difficult: It is hard to answer the question because it is non-specific. Popping of the ear may be a physiological phenomenon. For example, swallowing alone can almost always be felt as a popping sensation in the ear. The swallow causes the muscle that opens the eustachian tube (auditory tube) to open and gases from the back of the nose equalize pressure in the middle ear. See ENT for specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've had my adenoids removed and a partial tonsillectomy yet i still have tonsil stones gathering down deep in my throat. I can taste and smell them. ?

I've had my adenoids removed and a partial tonsillectomy yet i still have tonsil stones gathering down deep in my throat. I can taste and smell them. ?

Tonsil stones?: Without tonsils do not know how you think you have tonsil stones "deep in throat". This sounds as if you may have an esophageal diverticulum or other collection of decaying tissue in a pocket or outpouching of tissue. See an ENT doctor and have this examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have problems with my ear I get ear infections a lot and sometimes the hum or ring slightly and they really hurt?

Do I have problems with my ear I get ear infections a lot and sometimes the hum or ring slightly and they really hurt?

Mgt: I would advise a consultation with ENT. You may need ear tubes. In the meantime, avoid getting water in the ear canal. If you have recurrent sinus infections this can also predispose to ear infections. A hearing test may also be performed by your ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Unable to diagnose throat pain...Please help! I have had sinus, thraot and upper respiratory infections since i was a child. Last summer, at 37, i finally had my tonsils and adenoids removed. The ENT released me and said everything healed great and doesn'

Unable to diagnose throat pain...Please help! I have had sinus, thraot and upper respiratory infections since i was a child. Last summer, at 37, i finally had my tonsils and adenoids removed. The ENT released me and said everything healed great and doesn'

Your : Your son's slp raises a distinct clinical possibility. Sore throat, refered otalgia, globus sensation, and cough can be seen with lpr. I would be very interested to know what your dietary habits are ( smoking, drinking, caffeine intake, late meals at night, etc. ), current level of stress, history of reflux or peptic ulcer disease, and response to antacid therapy of any type since onset of symptoms. The laryngeal exam would be of interest, since there are often clues that support a diagnosis of lpr ( posterior laryngeal redness/ mucosal swelling, pachyderma, contact granulomas, etc.). If the physical findings are not there, yet one strongly suspects lpr because of a strong hoistory, you could get 24 hour ph monitoring (dual channel) to objectively study reflux events. The simpler alternative would be to empirically treat you with ppi therapy (omeprazole 40 mg bid for 6 weeks, then wean down with symptomatic response). Understand that if this is lpr, it needs to be treated longer, and typically more aggressively, than simple gerd. This is only an internet impression, and my personal approach, and you should discuss this with your or another ent, or in consultation with a GI specialist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sinus infection and you can hear your heart beat in your ear? I had post op surgery on 3/30 for a deviated septum and my tonsils were removed.

This : This is called autophony and can occur when there is blockage of the eustachian tube opening in the nasopharynx creating a conductive hearing loss. A sinus infection typically causes post-nasal drainage resulting in inflammation and/or swelling around the tubal opening. Plugging your ears externally will often do the same thi ng and make you more aware of internal sounds. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more