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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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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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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

White Patches On Tongue (Definition)

Leukoplakia describes a white patch, however it is not a diagnosis. Often the white patch is a fungal infection. See your physician ...Read more


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