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Dr. Scott Rickert
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Tonsils And Adenoids (Overview)

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 work to fight infections.


Dr. Scott Rickert
92 doctors shared insights

Tonsils And Adenoids (Overview)

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 work to fight infections.


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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?

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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Can I get my tonsils and adenoids removed if I have a bad cold?

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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What kind of specialist would I see for my tonsils and adenoids?

What kind of specialist would I see for my tonsils and adenoids?

ENT: An otolaryngology - head and neck surgeon (aka ENT for ear, nose, and throat) would be more than capable to take care of your tonsils and adenoid problem. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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 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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Can or why can't radiofrequency be used to reduce tonsils or adenoids if it is used successfully to reduce turbinate size?

It can: Coblation or "cold ablation" technology uses radiofrequency energy to reduce turbinates, remove or reduce adenoids, and to remove or reduce tonsils. I utilize this technology for all three areas routinely. ...Read more

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Will taking out my tonsils and adenoids help my allergies?

Will taking out my tonsils and adenoids help my allergies?

Not likely: Indications for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are usually for recurrent infections or obstruction (ents please feel free to expand). Treatment for allergies is directed at avoidance measures (as practical), medications and allergy injections. ...Read more

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How well do infants recover from tonsils and adenoids surgery?

How well do infants recover from tonsils and adenoids surgery?

Infants?: Tonsil and adenoid surgery is rarely indicated in infants, unless the tonsils are so large that they cause a serious sleep disorder. Therefore, most children do not have a need for tonsil and adenoid surgery until about 3 years of age. These children do very well after surgery and require about 10 to 14 days of recovery. Indications for surgery need to be discussed with an ENT surgeon. ...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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My son had his tonsils and adenoids out 3 days ago. Any reason he shouldn't sit in hot tub? He's 6.

My son had his tonsils and adenoids out 3 days ago. Any reason he shouldn't sit in hot tub? He's 6.

Yes: This soon after general anesthesia and surgery could still cause too significant of a drop in his blood pressure in a hot tub and cause him to get nauseous or even pass out. I'd make sure he's at least a week out and is very, very well hydrated before he goes back in there. He may still have too much anesthesia stored in fat cells and risk may be more than the benefits ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on each side and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago so can it be tonsillitis?

Can you tell me if on each side and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago so can it be 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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My daughter is having surgery to have tonsils and adenoids removed on thursday august 8 i'm worried what should I expect?

Strep-like pain: The surgery only lasts 30-40 minutes in most cases and she will be asleep for any painful part. Most go home the same day. You will have to constantly be encouraging her to drink to stay hydrated- she should pee 4-5x a day. The pain is similar to a strep and she will likely receive prescription pain medicine of some sort. There will be a lot of mucous and bad breath for 1-2 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed two months ago. I notice a growth of tissue in back near right tonsil area and tongue. What could it be?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed two months ago. I notice a growth of tissue in back near right tonsil area and tongue. What could it be?

Possible tonsil: It is possible for tonsils to regrow when they are removed, but usually they do not grow back to their original size. It is best to have your doctor look at this to make sure it is tonsil tissue and not some other sort of growth. ...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


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