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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical ...Read more


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I have black spots on my scalp where my hair has thin and 2 spost on my face as well as on my ear. It's not acne or blemish. They scab up. What is is?

I have black spots on my scalp where my hair has thin and 2 spost on my face as well as on my ear. It's not acne or blemish. They scab up. What is is?

Black skin spots: Without a picture, it is hard to say. These could be many things, including benign nevus, seborrheic keratosis, or solar lentigos (due to sun exposure), to name a few. These do not usually scab up unless irritated/scratched. Basal cell carcinoma (a low grade type of skin cancer) can be pigmented. If there are irregular borders and coloration with bleeding or bump, this should be seen by MD ...Read more

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Are dark grey/ redish blackish spots on one tonsil bed (after a tonsillectomy) a sign of healing or an infection?

Are dark grey/ redish blackish spots on one tonsil bed (after a tonsillectomy) a sign of healing or an infection?

Healing: Infections in a post op tonsillar bed are pretty rare, usually I put my patients on antibiotics after the surgery anyway. The reddish black dots are the residual effects of cauterization and granulation tissue together. Eventually they will turn back to the normal color of the oral cavity. ...Read more

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This is now the 7th day after my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and I coughed up a cough black scab twice is that normal?

This is now the 7th day after my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and I coughed up a cough black scab twice is that normal?

Could be: You may be coughing up old blood clots accumulated after surgery, make appointment with your surgeon for post O P visit. N ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy 6 days ago. Today I just threw up, blood and all but it stoped instantly. Later I noticed a black scab, is it normal?

Post op tonsil: Greetings. It is common to see some bleeding after a tonsillectomy. The amount of bleeding and frequency needs to be relayed to your surgeon. If you were my patient, with this brief history, I would suggest just observation. The dark scab is just that a scab that is covering a healing wound. Have it rechecked with your surgeon to be sure. That is my policy, recheck after bleeding in post op pd. ...Read more

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Just had a Tonsillectomy on Monday. I now have red spots on the space where my tonsils used to be?

Just had a Tonsillectomy on Monday. I now have red spots on the space where my tonsils used to be?

Dried blood?: When you cut something off, there would be bleeding points left behind for days to a couple of weeks. I would only be concerned if you find pus there. These will pass. ...Read more

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15, having a tonsillectomy and adenoidsectomy, what should I expect? Especially worried about scabs and bleeding!!!!

No Bleeding is rare: If your surgery is indicated, is a our patient low risk procedure, yes any wound scab will form, rare occasions bleeding can occur. Speak to you doctor about bebifts and risks. ...Read more

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Is all this green mucus my scabs coming off after tonsillectomy?

Healing: After the tonsillectomy the area where the tonsils used to be can turn white and then slowly return to pink. This is the natural course. Scabs are usually dark black/red spots and usually only in a few locations (they don't cover the entire area). ...Read more

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I am 8 days post tonsillectomy & still in severe pain. My scabs do not appear to have fallen off but there is lots of redness. Should I be concerned?

Not really: Post tonsillectomy patients just begin to experience improvement after a week, especially if one is an adult. It is the time that the scabs start to fall off; it is also the time when most postoperative bleeding occurs. Be patient, stay with liquids, and don't strain yourself, and the symptoms will begin to resolve. ...Read more

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After a tonsillectomy how will I know the scabs fell off?

Tonsillar scabs.: Hello. The easiest way to know if your scabs or escher have she'd is to look at your throat in the mirror. Typically this occurs 7-10 after your surgery. Ask your doctor on your follow up appointment and drink plenty of fluids. Advance your diet to soft when you are able. This will help. ...Read more

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If you still have scabs from a tonsillectomy after 15 days, is there still a risk of bleeding?

Yes, but: I have seen a rare patient bleed over 2 weeks following a tonsillectomy. That, again, is rare. If you still are not healed and have scans it's a good idea not to be too aggressive with hard foods. ...Read more

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What can I do about the scabs after tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy?

What can I do about the scabs after tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy?

Be patient: The best thing to do is follow your post surgery instructions diligently to facilitate proper recovery and healing of the tonsil beds. Early displacement of the scabs can lead to bleeding and possible return to the operating room. ...Read more

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1 day post op from tonsillectomy, having dry heaves, but no blood. Are the scabs coming off so soon?

1 day post op from tonsillectomy, having dry heaves, but no blood. Are the scabs coming off so soon?

Patient, be patient: Get info & help from surgeon - report bleeding. Ask for help to reduce dry heaves - any irritation in throat area is to be avoided if possible. Usually pain meds are stopped at 10 days, but you may hurt longer - protect scabs - they protect you. Drink water as much as you can - enjoy smoothies, ice-cream.
Here's a good link: http://tonsillectomyrecovery. Com/tonsillectomy-recovery-forum/
best! ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy 9 days ago, and was wondering if the white stuff where the tonsils used to be are the scabs? .

Yes: What you are looking at are the scabs. Take care to follow your surgeon's post operative directions. ...Read more

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Tonsillectomy 9 days ago. Scabs came if and caused bleeding. Tonsillar fossas are still white. More scabs, or just healing?

Tonsillectomy 9 days ago. Scabs came if and caused bleeding. Tonsillar fossas are still white. More scabs, or just healing?

Tonsillectomy: Unless your throat is looked at, we are going to hover over "possible, perhaps, maybe" zone. If you feel you are not improving the way you feel is right, it's time to be looked at. ...Read more

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I am day 28 post op for an tonsillectomy. I was wondering if it's normal to have bumpy enlarged areas where the scabs used to be in my tonsil beds?

Granulation tissue: This is not unusual at all. The healing response is called granulation tissue and the mucus membrane can have an irregular texture. By 2-3 months postop, everything should look relatively normal. ...Read more

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After my tonsillectomy how long until the scabs come off?

Scabs p/tonsillectom: Usually between 7-10 days. Any sooner, and you run the risk of bleeding. Follow your post operative instructions and check in with your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns. ...Read more

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Is it normal to start coughing when your scabs are coming off from a tonsillectomy?

Is it normal to start coughing when your scabs are coming off from a tonsillectomy?

Probably: This is not unusual if the scabs are making you cough. Just make sure there is nothing else running down the back of your throat making you cough - especially blood. If you are bleeding after your scabs fall off and it doesn't stop right away - you'll need to go to the nearest emergency room right away to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I just had a tonsillectomy, When will my scabs start to come off and what can I expect when my scabs do come off?

Tonsil: Great question. Scabs can stay on for a month and usually just fall off. Make sure you don't try to get them off as it can cause bleeding. See your ENT in f/u ...Read more

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Hi, it's been 4 days since my tonsillectomy, and I'm coughing up scabs already and there dark green is that normal? No bleeding, no pain, just numb!

Hi, it's been 4 days since my tonsillectomy, and I'm coughing up scabs already and there dark green is that normal? No bleeding, no pain, just numb!

Healing?: Probable scabbing from surgery. The green mucous could either be normal or the beginning of an infection. Consult your surgeon: it is not clear if you are currently on antibiotics. Mucous may be from smoking- bad idea. ...Read more

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Post op tonsillectomy 5-6 days- is it normal to have white patches (scabs) on the uvula as well as the tonsils?

Post op tonsillectomy 5-6 days- is it normal to have white patches (scabs) on the uvula as well as the tonsils?

Yes: The uvula can be irritated from the breathing tube (endotracheal tube) which goes down your throat. It is sloughing or shedding mucosa that was injured and new normal tissue will return. The white stuff in the tonsil area is usually eschar (scab) that contains a fibrinous (protein-like) substance that is protecting the site as it heals. ...Read more