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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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How long after you get your tonsils and adenoids out can you smoke weed?

How long after you get your tonsils and adenoids out can you smoke weed?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We can't answer questions from minors < 16 years old. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, & gender, can affect our answer, as some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, we expect it of you! List any meds you take & any chronic medical problems. ...Read more

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Can you get an endoscopy after you have had your tonsils and adenoids removed? If not how long do I have to wait?

Can you get an endoscopy after you have had your tonsils and adenoids removed? If not how long do I have to wait?

Yes: Having tonsils and adenoid removed should not affect being able to do an endoscopy. If was just done, probably would wait until throat healed- check with gastroenterologist for timing, . ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after getting tonsils and adenoids taken out?

1-2 weeks: Typically it takes 1-2 weeks to recover. The exact time depends mainly on the patient and partly on the method of tonsil removal. Think of your worst sore throat -- that is where you start at right after the tonsils are removed. ...Read more

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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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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago. Can I still get tonsillitis?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago. Can I still get tonsillitis?

Not usually: Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed at same time. Tonsils usually do not grow back. Adenoids not infrequently can regrow related to incomplete removal of all adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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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

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Why I am still having issues with my throat 4 months after having my tonsils and adenoids taken out. Why do I get laryngitis & a sore throat so easy?

Why I am still having issues with my throat 4 months after having my tonsils and adenoids taken out. Why do I get laryngitis & a sore throat so easy?

May not be related : Please see the ENT surgeon with your complaints. The surgery may not be related to your current symptoms. But chronic laryngitis should be investigated. Could be paresis, polyps, nodules, cancer. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to six flags after getting tonsils and adenoids removed?

Is it okay to go to six flags after getting tonsils and adenoids removed?

Tonsillectomy Rest: After tonsillectomy, most individuals experience a severe sore throat for five - ten days. Activity should be limited to decrease the risk of bleeding for ten - fourteen days. If you can go to "six flags" and take it easy - no running, no heaving lifting, and keep your heart rate below 90 beat per minute -- have at it. Otherwise, rest for two weeks. ...Read more

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Just had my tonsils and adenoids removed. What food am i allowed to eat?

Just had my tonsils and adenoids removed. What food am i allowed to eat?

Whatever you can: Tolerate. For first few days, swallowing will be hard. Cold liquids feel better. Popsicles are classics. Also jello. Cold ensure (even in a shake or smoothie) will be better nutrition. Then try soft puréed foods (applesauce, soups). In 5-7 days you should be able to swallow more solid food if chewed well. I tried pepperoni pizza at day 4-didn't feel very good, but got better after that. ...Read more

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I'm 37 and getting my tonsils and adenoids out. What is it like afterwards?

Painful: Tonsil and adenoid surgery is usually painful but in a way that i like to call " controllable pain". Medications work well to keep the pain bearable. You will need to eat soft foods and avoid strenuous activities for up to 2 weeks. Some techniques to remove the tonsils work better that others. Coblation and microdebrider tonsillectomy seems to cause less pain. I don't like cautery tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Which type of specialist would i need to see for my tonsils and adenoids?

ENT doctor: See an ENT physician. They will be listed under otolaryngologist in the yellow pages. Or speak to your doctor, friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations. ...Read more

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What're the most common problems affecting the tonsils and adenoids?

Breathing/infecitons: Breathing issues due to large tonsils and adenoids are the biggest problem. Snoring/sleep disturbed breathing and obstructive sleep apnea affect many people and tonsils and adenoids can be a big part of that. Chronic tonsil and adenoid infections can cause chronic throat infections that adversely affect a person's well-being as well. ...Read more

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I just had my tonsils and adenoids taken out. What tips/advice can you give me?

I just had my tonsils and adenoids taken out. What tips/advice can you give me?

Depends: What kind of tips/advice are you asking for? Immediate postoperatively or in long term? In short term, avoid crunchy sharp foods as this can elicit postoperative bleeding. Long term, you should be okay. ...Read more

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I am getting my tonsils and adenoids out soon! what kinds of food can I not eat?

I am getting my tonsils and adenoids out soon! what kinds of food can I not eat?

No hard/crunchy food: Check with your surgeon on his/her preferences. In general, ENT doctors recommend a strict soft diet for a full 2 weeks after surgery. That means nothing with hard or crunchy edges. It is possible you will only feel like having liquids for a few days after surgery before soft foods are more tolerable. Examples of soft foods include: oatmeal, applesauce, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pancakes, etc. ...Read more

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I'm getting my tonsils and adenoids out, what types of food can I not eat and why?

I'm getting my tonsils and adenoids out, what types of food can I not eat and why?

No hard/crunchy food: Check with your surgeon, but most will recommend a strict soft diet for a full 2 weeks after surgery. That means nothing with hard or crunchy edges. This is not only to prevent discomfort, but also to decrease post-op bleeding risk. Examples of soft foods include: any liquids, oatmeal, applesauce, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pancakes, eggs, etc. ...Read more

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What functions do the tonsils and adenoids have in the body? Why is it so often removed when you are a kid?

What functions do the tonsils and adenoids have in the body? Why is it so often removed when you are a kid?

Tonsils: Tonsils and adnoids are lymphoid tisse that serve as filters , thereby helping to prevent infection deeper in the chest.They are removed for a variety of reasons which include sleep apnea or chronic infections. ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Unlikely: unlikely but possible. Most likely what you're seeing is some scar tissue or at the side of the surgery. If concern, please see your ENT surgeon for evaluation. Hope this answer was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...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


Dr. Scott Rickert
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Tonsils And Adenoids (Definition)

Tonsils and adenoids are lymph tissue located at the back of the throat. Lymph tissue is an important part of the immune system, and are sites where white blood cells communicate and ...Read more