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Help! There's white coating on tongue after having tonsillectomy?

Help! There's white coating on tongue after having tonsillectomy?

Don't panic: White coating of the tongue is not a serious problem. Usually is reflection of other problems (like use of antibiotics, digestive issues, bad oral hygiene). Due to your recent surgery once you start eating normal food and brushing better white coating will go away. If it persists longer then 2 weeks see you physician. ...Read more

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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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Why is my tongue numb after my tonsillectomy? Got them out 5 days ago. How long will it last?

Why is my tongue numb after my tonsillectomy? Got them out 5 days ago. How long will it last?

Wait...: This type of surgery occasionally can cause this unwanted result. If your symptoms still remain more than 3 weeks you should have this surgery reviewed by the treating doctor. Hope to recover sensitiveness ...Read more

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I got a tonsillectomy on the 16th and my tongue is covered in this nasty beige layer that almost feels like a fuzzy blanket.?

I got a tonsillectomy on the 16th and my tongue is covered in this nasty beige layer that almost feels like a fuzzy blanket.?

Scab: You will develop a scab over the area where your tonsils were removed. It will be moist because of your mouth. You should make sure it is not thrush (yeast in the mouth). Make sure your tell your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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I have tongue cramping 5 days after a tonsillectomy, how do I fix/stop this?

I have tongue cramping 5 days after a tonsillectomy, how do I fix/stop this?

More time needed: If tonsillectomy was 5 days ago, the tonsil beds are undergoing the process of sloughing, where the surgical areas lose the clotted "scabs" that form after removal of the tonsils. The muscles around the tonsils are sore from the recent surgery, and it's impossible to move your tongue without disturbing these areas - it's likely the cramping will decrease in time, but check in with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy 5 days ago now and last night my tongue started cramping up and it still is cramped this morning. How do I fix this?

Talk 2 surgeon: Always talk to your surgeon about any complications & concerns that occur after your surgery/procedure. In fact, during your pre-op consultation, you should ask possible & common complications & concerns and what to do. ...Read more

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Tonsillectomy recovery day 7. Is there a way to speed up the tongue healing? Still having intense pain on tongue, worse than pain everywhere else.

Tonsillectomy recovery day 7. Is there a way to speed up the tongue healing? Still having intense pain on tongue, worse than pain everywhere else.

Time: Unfortunately there is no way to speed up the healing process. At day seven pain should be substantially improved, so if you are having severe pain, you should see your surgeon. ...Read more

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My 3 y old had tonsillectomy from 3 days now he has a white spot in his tongue. He is in the antibiotic from more than one week. So worry help pls??

My 3 y old had tonsillectomy from 3 days now he has a white spot in his tongue. He is in the antibiotic from more than one week. So worry help pls??

No worry: It is not uncommon after a tonsillectomy, that children get a white coating on the tongue due to build up of dead cells on the surface from lack of friction from eating and mild dehydration. Push fluids, and when your child is eating normally again, it should resolve. Alternatively, anyone on antibiotics can develop a yeast infection or thrush which will usually clear when off antibiotics. ...Read more

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My 3 y old had tonsillectomy from 3 days now he has a white spot in his tongue. He is in the antibiotic from more than tonsillectomy week. So worry?

My 3 y old had tonsillectomy from 3 days now he has a white spot in his tongue. He is in the antibiotic from more than tonsillectomy week. So worry?

Possible thrush: I hope your son is feeling better after having his tonsils removed. What you are describing could likely be thrush which is a yeast infection due to post surgery antibiotics. Your physician could prescribe nystatin, or You could try dabbing white distilled vinegar on it, or having him eat yogurt with active cultures. Some people also recommend probiotics to restore bacterial balance. ...Read more

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4yr old had tonsillectomy. Has a grey/whitish coating on tongue. Also bad breath. Is this normal?

Coated tongue: Coated tongue may be due to debris ndbcteri ccumulating on your tongue after surgery.Dehydration may add to the oroblem. ...Read more

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I am 10 days post op tonsillectomy and around day 6 I started getting this stinging burning pain near or on my tongue in the back edge left side.

I am 10 days post op tonsillectomy and around day 6 I started getting this stinging burning pain near or on my tongue in the back edge left side.

Possible neuritis: There is a possibility that you could be suffering from what is referred to as a glossopharyngeal neuritis or neuralgia depending on the characteristics of your pain (i.e. sharp and transient vs. More continuous and burning). A neurological examination may be worth while. ...Read more

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10days postoperative tonsillectomy. I believe my mouth is full of thrush surgeon says didn't think so. But tongue and throatvery raw. What should I do?

Try Hydrogen Peroxid: Rinse and swish around in your mouth some diluted hydrogen peroxide. A few capfuls in an 1/8 cup of water. Then spit it out. ...Read more

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Can tonsillectomy involve any tubes in the nose or mouth?

Can tonsillectomy involve any tubes in the nose or mouth?

Tubes in tonsillecto: Tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia and it requires intubation either thru mouth or nose. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bad taste in the mouth after tonsillectomy?

Is it normal to have a bad taste in the mouth after tonsillectomy?

Not usually: Sometimes the taste can be affected, hopefully short term, by the operation itself. In order to expose the tonsils a device is used which pushes the tongue down. If the operation takes a long time this device can sometimes cause temporary damage to te tongue. Rarely this can last a long time with change in the sense of taste. ...Read more

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Is it possible to rip open the scabs if I open my mouth too much after tonsillectomy for brushing and/or chewing.?

Is it possible to rip open the scabs if I open my mouth too much after tonsillectomy for brushing and/or chewing.?

Yes: Ulikely with the brushing, but with chewing, particulary what you are chewing you need to be carefull. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy approximately 2 months ago. I have a bad - not quite bitter taste in my mouth, but the worst part is I can't taste most things.

I had a tonsillectomy approximately 2 months ago. I have a bad - not quite bitter taste in my mouth, but the worst part is I can't taste most things.

Sense of smell: Taste is augmented by the sense of smell. Having said that I'm not sure what is going on but I think you should check with your doctor or get another opinion ...Read more

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I just had tonsillectomy and adnoids out, I am on day 6 and I have a horrible taste in my mouth causing me to not swallow, drink, or eat!

I just had tonsillectomy and adnoids out, I am on day 6 and I have a horrible taste in my mouth causing me to not swallow, drink, or eat!

See your doctor: If your symptoms have been worsening like this, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation to see what's going on. ...Read more

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The top/back of my mouth hurts. Mainly when I swallow. It feels like it did when I had tonsillitis but I had a tonsillectomy 2 years ago. Any advice?

The top/back of my mouth hurts. Mainly when I swallow. It feels like it did when I had tonsillitis but I had a tonsillectomy 2 years ago. Any advice?

Pharyngitis: Throat infections are quite common-even if you did have a tonsillectomy. Different viruses and bacteria can cause these symptoms. A throat culture or rapid test can help find out the cause. Once that is done, the treatment can be targeted towards that. In the meantime, hot lemon tea with honey, throat lozenges, even tylenol (acetaminophen) would be helpful. See a doc for the diagnostic test and targeted treatment ...Read more

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How to keep mouth moist after tonsillectomy? Have to breathe out of mouth due to nasal surgery. Drinking lots of liquids hasn't helped. Anything else?

How to keep mouth moist after tonsillectomy? Have to breathe out of mouth due to nasal surgery. Drinking lots of liquids hasn't helped. Anything else?

Tonsils and nose?: Was your nose recently operated on or are you referring to previous surgery on nose. If old surgery, consider breathe right nasal strips to help open your nasal passages. If not and you has concurrent nasal surgery, consider biotene oral rinse prior to sleep, and keep nasal passages open by using saline nasal sprays and valse line on lips. ...Read more

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Can not tonsillectomy should be eradicated despite that cause pain in both the mouth and throat even further from the tonsils?

Can not tonsillectomy should be eradicated despite that cause pain in both the mouth and throat even further from the tonsils?

Tonsillectomies: Still need to be done sometimes for people with recurrent infections or when it obstructs airway. They have not been routinely for many decades. ...Read more

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Last week I got a tonsillectomy now the left side of my mouth itches (teeth & gums)and hurts X-ray came neg for abscess what is it? Hurts to bite.

Displaced TMJ disc: During procedure when they had your mouth wide open for the precedure, the disc may have displaced and your bite is now off causing pain when your teeth meet. If the itchy teeth and gums are only in the upper teeth could be dis location is pressing on a ligament
Do you hear any new noises when you open and close? Hearing slightly diminished? See your dentist for TMJ eval;avoid hard foods
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I had a tonsillectomy 3 days ago today and now the scans on my throat are bright green and I can barely open my mouth. Should I go to the hospital?

I had a tonsillectomy 3 days ago today and now the scans on my throat are bright green and I can barely open my mouth. Should I go to the hospital?

Call your surgeon: Just call your surgeon's office, explain the situation, and they will direct your care. No need to run to the hospital. Call today. ...Read more

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Got my tonsillectomy on Monday. So I'm on my 6th day. Throat and Mouth is dry, hurts to swallow, feeling sharp pains. No amount of water helps. Help?

Dry throat: Because it hurts to swallow after a tonsillectomy, patients often get dry mucous membranes which worsens post-op pain. Gargling with warm salt water can help, as can numbing lozenges that relieve pain. Drooling, inability to swallow, bleeding, difficulty speaking or difficulty breathing should be evaluated as soon as possible by a physician. ...Read more

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I had a tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy also a uppp surgery 10 days ago. Now I feel like wire scrapping my tongue. What's going on?

I had a tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy also a uppp surgery 10 days ago. Now I feel like wire scrapping my tongue. What's going on?

Throat pain: If you are 10 days after ENT surgery you are still healing. The tissue tends to harden and then get better. The process can take a few weeks. Sounds like you had extensive surgery. I do not know if your ENT used sutures or not. You should let them know about your symptoms though. ...Read more

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Five days post op from tonsilectomy. As of last night I have an intense burning sensation on the right back side of my tongue. It is excruciating and I am unable to drink water, or even allow any liquid to touch the tongue without dropping to my knees in

Five days post op from tonsilectomy. As of last night I have an intense burning sensation on the right back side of my tongue. It is excruciating and I am unable to drink water, or even allow any liquid to touch the tongue without dropping to my knees in

See doctor: Typically post-operative symptoms should improve gradually with time. With such severe pain causing you to drop to your knees 5 days post-op, I would be seen by physician in person so a comprehensive physical exam can be completed to look for any signs of infection or surgical complications. ...Read more

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What causes tongue pain on one side?

Trauma or ulcers...: Most common causes or unilateral pain "on" the tongue are trauma from burn, bites, cuts, or dentistry, or ulcer--aphthous, or herpetic. Most commonly it is one sided. ...Read more

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Could you help me with my tongue pain?

Determine cause: An internet diagnosis for such a problem is not possible... The pain can be coming from a number of different factors. Medical history as well as smoking/alcohol history needs to be established, as well as a physical exam. Please see a local oral surgeon for a consult. ...Read more

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I am having some chest and tongue pain while jogging/running followed by coughing fit?

I am having some chest and tongue pain while jogging/running followed by coughing fit?

Chest pains: Regardless the cause, could be only muscle pain or tongue pain, etc. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP or cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Random tongue pain driving me crazy. Please help anything I can take?

Random tongue pain driving me crazy. Please help anything I can take?

See oral surgeon: I would recommend you see an oral surgeon to have this looked at. They can help determine what is causing the random pain and either treat it or refer you to the proper medical person to do so. ...Read more

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Can lisinopril cause tongue pain?

Can lisinopril cause tongue pain?

Yes: Angioedema of face, extremities, lips, tongue, glottis and/or larynx is seen in patients treated with ace inhibitors, including lisinopril. Lisinopril should be promptly discontinued and appropriate therapy given. Even when swelling of the tongue without respiratory distress occurs prolonged observation may be needed since treatment with antihistamines and corticosteroids may not resolve this. ...Read more

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How get rid of tongue pain after biting it?

Take a pain reliever: As long as your tongue is not bleeding, a pain reliever like ibuprofen, Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) can be helpful. Fortunately, the tongue heals quite quickly, so your pain should be short lived. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u get bad tongue pain?

It means time to see: Your doctor. Tongue pain can be caused by a primary localized condition affecting the tongue or may be due to a systemic condition. Recommend seeing your doctor since the possibilities are many. ...Read more

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