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What Can I Eat After Getting My Tonsils Removed
Do not need to: You do not need to eat frozen things after tonsil removal. Cold items are suggested in the first 24 hours to help reduce the swelling. ...Read more
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
I removed a tonsil stone last night. Will the whole left behind ever close? I'm worried that every time I eat food will get in it.
Pain after surgery: In young adults, a general anesthetic will be used for tonsillectomy. Once that wears off, there will be pain, which may require a strong analgesic every 4 hours or so. Bleeding is the most common complication. In the beginning, till the scab falls off, mainly drink cold or iced fluids, like gatorade. Avoid any acid (citrus) or spicy foods; soups, jello, ensure. When scab falls off, warm foods. ...Read more
I had my tonsils removed Friday the 6th. I'm starving. I was vomiting so I had a strict liquid diet. When can I eat normal again?
Now: Start with soft foods and liquids be gentle if any bleeding call doctor ...Read more
4 days ago I got a top tooth removed. I'm wondering how long does it take for the hole to heal? And how soon can I eat on that side of my mouth?
1-3 weeks: Depends on a number of factors. Likely 1-3 weeks. You can chew on that side as soon as there is no pain with chewing. ...Read more
Got 1 upper left wisdom tooth removed. When can I eat normally meaning use both sides of my mouth? As of now I've been chewing away from surgical site.
Wisdom Tooth: Give yourself a good week-then start with soft foods-make sure you keep the surgical site clean. Rinse with warm salt water-1/4 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water or saline if they gave it to you to squirt the site-if it feels better and then changes after 3-4 days and starts to feel worse-go to see the surgeon right away as you might be developing a dry socket. ...Read more
What does it cost to get wisdom teeth removed? My medical aid plan does not cover the procedure and my mouth is too sore to sleep or eat.
Unknown: You'll need to personally speak to a local oral surgeon. ...Read more
I'm a singer and probably getting my tonsils removed soon. I'm wondering if I should get my adenoids removed as well?
Adenoids?: Your surgeon should be able to evaluate your adenoids with a nasopharyngoscope. In your age group the adenoids are not removed routinely during a tonsillectomy. ...Read more
Rid of Tonsil Stones:
I do not recommend physically dislodging tonsil stones.
Warm salt water gargles or hydrogen peroxide gargles can be beneficial in removing tonsil stones.
Tonsillectomy remains the most effective way to prevent tonsilloliths and definitively treat patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), chronic tonsillitis, persistent tonsillar swelling and chronic sore throat as a result of tonsil stones. ...Read more
Unlikely: In children with chronic sinusitis, adenoidectomy can sometimes be very helpful. But while the adenoids are the cousins of the tonsils functionally, the tonsils are not removed for this issue. In adults, adenoids are typically no longer present as they shrink away with age, so that isn't a surgical option for sinusitis. And tonsillectomy is also not indicated for sinus issues in grownups. ...Read more
Tonsillectomy: It depends on the reason. If you are having Chronic tonsillitis or more than 3 episodes of acute tonsillitis per year fro 2-3 years, also if you are getting painful tonsil stones as well as airway oropharyngeal obstruction due to enlarged tonsills leading to swallowing or breathing problems. Your ENT will evaluate you for tonsillectomy indications. ...Read more
4 possible reasons: There are 4 reasons that palatine (throat) tonsils may be ethically removed. 1.) a minimum of 3 documented episodes of acute suppurative (pussy) tonsillitis annually. 2.) extreme enlargement of the tonsils resulting in a sleep disorder. 3.) foul odor to the breath resulting from food particles getting caught in the tonsillar crypts. 4.) the complication of a peritonsillar abscess. ...Read more
Check with an ENT: You should visit an ent-eyes, ears, nose and throat specialist- to find out whether you need this done. Typically, if you have frequent colds, suffer from severe seasonal allergies or the tonsils are so swollen that you are having trouble breathing and/or mouth breathing, then you may likely need the procedure. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on how scarred down your tonsils are. This is t ypically directly related to the number of infections that you have had. It also depends somewhat on the technique your surgeon uses. Adults who get tonsillectomy for chronic and recurrent infections typically report substantial discomfort that oral analgesics will usually adequately address. ...Read more
Soft foods: I will tell you how I treat post tonsillectomy patients with food after surgery. Please understand that you will have severe throat pain for about 10 days. Start with popsicles for 2 days, follow this with milkshakes for about 3 days. Custards, pudding, jello are good. Gatorade for sugar and electrolytes. You can eat anything as long as it is cut into very small pieces because it will hurt. ...Read more
Tonsils out?: There are many reasons for removal of the tonsils -- recurrent tonsillits, usually at least six episodes in the last year or four episodes in the past six months; one tonsil larger than the other; large tonsils causing airway obstruction -- snoring or sleep apnea; peritonsillar abscess; and a seldom seen diphtheria carrier. ...Read more
Tonsil criteria: Basic info on criteria for tonsillectomy in kids: 7 sore throat episodes in 1 year, 5 per year for 2 years in a row, or 3 per year x 3 years. Also, airway blockage (obstructive sleep apnea). Adult guidelines are similar but include other factors. Judgment must be used; I e loosen criteria if a patient is severely ill with episodes, has significant difficulty swallowing due to big tonsils, etc. ...Read more
Tonsils: As an adult, we usually recommend removal if you have chronic tonsillitis, where you have three or more episodes of tonsillitis per year for 3 or more years. There are other criteria, but this would be one reason. If your tonsils are really large and obstructive, sometimes we'll take then out for that, too. ...Read more
Weight loss: Hello, after tonsil surgery patients typically decrease their oral intake because of the pain with chewing and swallowing. This causes weight loss that you will usually recover within a few weeks of full recovery. The tonsils are small so by having them removed you typically will not notice any change in your weight at all. ...Read more
Ask your ENT: Ask your surgeon what you should or should not be eating; fair question, should have input from your doc. ...Read more
That depends: What did your ear nose throat physician recommend? Your doctor will tell you if you have medical indications for a tonsillectomy. In the oldern days, lots of people had their tonsils removed - now there are stricter criteria for when it is appropriate. ...Read more
Can I get just one tonsil removed. I know the possibility will be to have other removed in future. My main concern is it might change the voice.?
No.: This is not going to be possible. Why would you want only one tonsil removed? And in the end, your voice returns to normal. ...Read more
Drug problem?: Drug testing is not typically done prior to surgery unless the clinician thinks you may have a drug problem that can make surgery dangerous. However, the question may mean that you're taking drugs you shouldn't be. If you or people around you believe this is a problem, see a psychiatrist or other mental health professional for help. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more
Are you professional: If you make your living singing then removing your tonsils may adversely affect the quality of your singing voice. The throat is part of the vocal tract which modulates the quality of sound. If your tonsils are removed, that area can scar and change the way that sound is formed. If you are not a professional then the change in your voice would be more difficult to notice and less of an issue. ...Read more
At least 10 days: Hard crust and tomato sauce can irritate a raw area in the throat. Generally need to wait at least 10 days to 2 weeks. Best to ask your surgeon after your post op follow up visit to be sure the lining in the area of the tonsil is completely healed. ...Read more
What to do if I am been diagnosed with cryptitis in my tonsils and I have to get them removed. What is cryptitis?
Crypts: Mucosal pockets on surface of tonsil. Collect secretions and epithelial debris. Tonsillectomy will solve the issue. ...Read more
I keep getting these white things on my tonsils that smell really terrible. I get to take it out from time but it is never permanently removed. How do?
Tonsilliths - yuck:
The best way I know of, that helps some but not all, is to get a water pik water flosser from the toothbrush aisle or online and use it to "pressure wash" your throat up to 2x a day as needed.
That can sometimes pop out existing tonsilliths (tonsil stones) and prevent new ones from forming, and help bad breath and sore throat.
Having your tonsils out should be a last resort. ...Read more
YES: The germs of mono do not care whether you have tonsils or not. If exposed and susceptible, they will enter your body through your mouth/throat and find tissue to invade. You may not have throat swelling as prominent as you would with tonsils, but being without them does not make you immune. ...Read more
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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