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Can removing your tonsils completely cure tonsillitis?

Can removing your tonsils completely cure tonsillitis?

Yes, But see below: Tonsilectomy will prevent tonsilitis but this procedure is not recommended today unless all alternatives have failed. See an infectious disease specialist or an ear, nose and throat surgeon for advice and treatment. ...Read more

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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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Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Not from vallecula: The vallecula is a gutter between the epiglottis and base of tongue that is covered with the lingual tonsils. The palatine tonsils sit just lateral to, the vallecula. Tonsil stones are usually from actinomyces bacteria from the mouth that get into crypts in the tonsils and could spill into the vallecula. Normal swallowing should be able to clear the vallecula. ...Read more

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Tonsils and adenoid removal- covered by medicaid?

Tonsils and adenoid removal- covered by medicaid?

Yes: However, the criteria for the procedure must be obtained. Tonsils are removed for sleep disordered breathing, several bouts of recurrent tonsillitis, dysphagia, failure to thrive, speech abnormalities. Sometimes specific insurance companies have specific criteria. There are multiple medicaid companies per state and each one may have different criteria. ...Read more

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Can you have tonsillitis with no tonsils. Throat not sore, back of throat roof of mouth and tonsils have yellow look to them. Red streaks on tonsils.

Can you have tonsillitis with no tonsils. Throat not sore, back of throat roof of mouth and tonsils have yellow look to them. Red streaks on tonsils.

Yes and no: Not all of your tonsils are removed when a tonsilectomy is done. The ones that remain can get inflamed. There is also a fair amount of lymphoid tissue within the oropharynx and throat that can become swollen and irritated when they are exposed to an allergen or pathogen. If your throat is not sore try gargling with warm salt water 3 times a day to see if you can reduce the redness. ...Read more

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Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

No: Apnea of prematurity is primarily caused by an immature respiratory center in the brain, and not an anatomic obstruction, so removing tissue like tonsils or adenoids is not indicated. True apnea of prematurity will resolve over time without any treatment. ...Read more

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Symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Big Tonsils: Enlarged tonsils may cause voice changes and blockage of airflow during sleep. Most of the time, the swelling goes down after an infection. If just one of your tonsils is enlarged, go see your doctor. Unless there are other problems, generally no treatment is necessary for enlarged tonsils. Not sure? Go see an ent. ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose taste buds after the removal of the tonsils and adenoids?

Is it normal to lose taste buds after the removal of the tonsils and adenoids?

Taste and tonsils: generally speaking taste is the domain of the taste buds located on the posterior section of the tongue. Removal of tonsils and adenoids should not affect taste directly. However occasionally post operatively the taste buds are affected with symptoms of decreased sense of taste. It should resolve over the matter of weeks. If persistent I would follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can getting adenoids + tonsils out hurt?

Can getting adenoids + tonsils out hurt?

Definitely: This surgery is definitely painful. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can removing your tonsils cure snoring?

Can removing your tonsils cure snoring?

R/O OSA: IT MAY: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP vs ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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Help docs, is getting rid of tonsil stones worth the removal of the tonsils?

Maybe: Tonsil stones are just particles of food and mucous that have been pushed into the crypts or infolds of the tonsils during the act of swallowing. They are harmless and common. If the problem is associated with chronic pain, halitosis or infection then it may be worth it to you to undergo tonsillectomy. ...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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Can tonsil stones form after tonsils and adenoids are removed? wife has severe halitosis, great dental hygiene, non smoker, non drinker...

Can tonsil stones form after tonsils and adenoids are removed? wife has severe halitosis, great dental hygiene, non smoker, non drinker...

No: But anything is possible. Could be from GERD, gum infection, pet nasal drip, infected sinus, abscessed tooth, change in Meds or supplements, impacted food debris, etc. Start with a dental examination. Ask Dentist about tongue scraper. Let him/her do oral hygiene evaluation. If cause is not a Dental her Dentist will refer her to appropriate Physician to continue investigation. ...Read more

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I have one enlarged tonsil with craters and tonsil stones in it; and the other tonsil has one red bump sticking out and tonsil stones as well.

I have one enlarged tonsil with craters and tonsil stones in it; and the other tonsil has one red bump sticking out and tonsil stones as well.

Cryptic tonsils: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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Sore throat, bright red throat and tonsils, swollen tonsils, looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypts, swollen lymph nodes. Go to doctor?

Sore throat, bright red throat and tonsils, swollen tonsils, looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypts, swollen lymph nodes. Go to doctor?

Yep: New onset sore throat, with redness, discolored patches needs to be evaluated for strep throat. If a rapid strep test is negative, ask for a throat culture, Since 1 to 3 out of 10 rapid strep tests have false negatives & strep is missed. As long as strep is treated within 10 days the risk of acquiring rheumatic fever is minimal. So go to an UC today or see doc tomorrow. Now if had for 10 days. ...Read more

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Wat causes enlarged adenoids &tonsils in child?Doc said tonsils grade at 2 & adenoids are very large & to see allergist.Has asthma and acid reflux

Wat causes enlarged adenoids &tonsils in child?Doc said tonsils grade at 2 & adenoids are very large & to see allergist.Has asthma and acid reflux

Drainage: Drainage and infection cause tonsil enlargement. Adenoids too. Little ones have small sinuses and tend to have constant drainage which causes tonsillar hypertrophy. ...Read more

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4 yr son full adenoids&tonsils removed 3/18/15. Snoring&breathing issues again.Had few colds since sept.Can adenoids grow back?Nose membranes swollen?

4 yr son full adenoids&tonsils removed 3/18/15. Snoring&breathing issues again.Had few colds since sept.Can adenoids grow back?Nose membranes swollen?

Unfortunately, yes: Adenoids can grow back, your son most probably has seasonal allergies, started again in fall with weather changes and back-to-school season, affecting his upper and lower airways, and possibly airway hyper-responsiveness causing respiratory difficulties, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Tonsil crypts dev. Over a year. Constant stones. Constant irritation of tonsils for 2 years. 2 ENTs won't do tonsillectomy. Say tonsils fine?!

Tonsil crypts dev. Over a year. Constant stones. Constant irritation of tonsils for 2 years. 2 ENTs won't do tonsillectomy. Say tonsils fine?!

Second opinion: If a patient has tonsil symptoms, and actually has enlarged tonsils, painful tonsils, repeated tonsil stones, or other symptoms such as snoring, recurrent strep throat infections, etc..., and she feels her ENT doctor is not helping enough, she can see another ENT doctor for a second opinion. Insurance usually covers first and second opinions the same way, but one can also self-pay in some cases. ...Read more

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Enlarged uvula in back of mouth ?

Enlarged uvula in back of mouth ?

Viral Infection: Typically is caused by a viral infection, it may also be from an allergy. If you are having issues with breathing, go to the ER. At times it is severe enough where patients will take prednisone to decrease the swelling. ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose taste buds after the removal of the tonsils and adenoids?

Taste and tonsils: generally speaking taste is the domain of the taste buds located on the posterior section of the tongue. Removal of tonsils and adenoids should not affect taste directly. However occasionally post operatively the taste buds are affected with symptoms of decreased sense of taste. It should resolve over the matter of weeks. If persistent I would follow up with your doctor. ...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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Removal of tonsils in most of my boomer adult friends. Why did they do that to us kids?

Removal of tonsils in most of my boomer adult friends. Why did they do that to us kids?

Pressing reality: The push to avoid the dreaded tonsillitis had been commonplace for a hundred years, before antibiotics & general anesthesia. It was a socially acceptable approach to a frequent problem & we had little research to counter demand, similar to bloodletting & purges. Once the process was studied & detail & we understood the immune system better, the docs pushed back. ...Read more

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Can I give chlorseptic after removal of tonsils?

Yes: Chloroseptic spray in moderation is okay to use after tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery after getting tonsils and adenoids out?

5-10 days.: It usually takes about a week to recover from t&a surgery, give or take a few days. ...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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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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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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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?

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

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What can I do for bad breath after removal of tonsils?

What can I do for  bad breath after removal of tonsils?

Decrease bacteria level: If the bad breath is coming from plaque buildup and bacteria buildup you need to use a tongue scraper and brush and floss your teeth to keep the bacteria level down. ...Read more

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Is it sure after removal of tonsils there is no any problem like hard in breathing, cough, and so...

Is it sure after removal of tonsils there is no any problem like hard in breathing, cough, and so...

Breathing: Loud breathing or snoring can occur after the tonsils are removed. For significant difficulty breathing – emergency evaluation should be obtained. ...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

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


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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