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I removed a tonsil stone last night. Will the whole left behind ever close? Im worried that every time I eat food will get in it.

I removed a tonsil stone last night. Will the whole left behind ever close? Im worried that every time I eat food will get in it.

Nope: those craters and crevices are part of your tonsils. You have what are called cryptic tonsils. That stone is made up of food particles and saliva. Gargling and water piks can help but the only way to get rid of them is by having them removed. ...Read more

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Should all children have their tonsils removed?

Should all children have their tonsils removed?

Absolutely not: Unless the child has frequent throat infections, a complication such as a tonsillar abcess, or sleep apnea caused by enlarge tonsils, there is no reason to put the child at surgical risk. ...Read more

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Is it common for children to sweat a lot whilst sleeping whether its during the day or night. My 4yr old had her tonsils and adeniods removed a wk ago?

Is it common for children to sweat a lot whilst sleeping whether its during the day or night. My 4yr old had her tonsils and adeniods removed a wk ago?

Yes: Yes it is more common for kids to sweat at night. They should be dressed for comfort with care not to overbundle. However if they HAV not had sweating at night previously and it is a new problem, it should be evaluated. ...Read more

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When should I get my tonsils removed?

When should I get my tonsils removed?

You shouldn't unless: You meet surgical criteria. There was a time when tonsillectomies were done routinely without a specific indication. If you are having problems - see your ear/nose/throat doctor. ...Read more

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What are symtoms to have tonsils removed?

What are symtoms to have tonsils removed?

ENT Dr, can evaluate: The more common reasons for getting tonsils removed are: snoring, sleep apnea, frequent tonsil infections, and persistently enlarged tonsils with "crypts", which are holes containing pieces of firm whitish stuff. An ENT doctor (otorhinolaryngologist - ear nose throat doctor) can evaluate and make recommendations. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get your tonsils removed?

Does it hurt to get your tonsils removed?

Yes: Worse for adults than children. Depends on a lot of things such as size of tonsils, how often inflamed, technique of surgery, etc. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need my tonsils removed?

How do I know if i need my tonsils removed?

Depends on the why: There are many good reasons for having one's tonsils removed. There are also plenty of bad reasons. If you visit with an ENT s/he can explain whether you fit one of the indications (good reasons) for surgery. You didn't give any information about symptoms/problems in your throat but frequent infections, complicated infections, abnormal size and bad breath are among the reasons to do tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have tonsils removed?

How dangerous is it to have tonsils removed?

Almost never: If your tonsils are being removed by a board certified ENT surgeon, the chance of danger is extremely small (about1%). Hemorrhage is the only serious complication. You must, however, expect severe throat pain for about 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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Why do tonsils grow back after being removed?

Why do tonsils grow back after being removed?

Incomplete removal: Tonsil tissue has the ability to regenerate if it is not completely removed during surgery. Even a very tiny amount of tissue can cause them to grow back. However, this isn't a common occurrence. ...Read more