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Dr. Irena Baker
Board Certified, Orthodontics
33 years in practice
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Help! there's white coating on tongue after having tonsillectomy?

Dr. Irena Baker
Board Certified, Orthodontics
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical ...Read more


Dr. Santiago Roldan
Board Certified, Dentistry
15 years in practice
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Why is my tongue numb after my tonsillectomy? Got them out 5 days ago. How long will it last?

Dr. Santiago Roldan
Board Certified, Dentistry
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Paul Brand
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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I have tongue cramping 5 days after a tonsillectomy, how do I fix/stop this?

Dr. Paul Brand
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
21 years in practice
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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.?

Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
21 years in practice
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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.?

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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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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 ?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
11 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Phillip Goebel
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
11 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Joel Doyon
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
31 years in practice
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Red lump at back of tongue on left side. Had tonsillectomy in janurary. Could it be strep?

Dr. Joel Doyon
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
31 years in practice
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Red lump at back of tongue on left side. Had tonsillectomy in janurary. Could it be strep?

See a dentist: It could be your taste buds. See your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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4yr old had tonsillectomy. Has a grey/whitish coating on tongue. Also bad breath. Is this normal?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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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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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Board Certified, Neurology
28 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Board Certified, Neurology
28 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Dale Tylor
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
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Had a tonsillectomy at 15 - how can I reduce ear pressure & swollen tongue?

Dr. Dale Tylor
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
665K people helped
Had a tonsillectomy at 15 - how can I reduce ear pressure & swollen tongue?

Ask your ENT: Ear pain after tonsillectomy is the rule and not the exception. Pain medicine can help. Motrin is being used increasingly- ask your ENT if they are okay with that. Also, they may consider a dose of steroids. Stay hydrated and this will pass, but it could take a week or more. ...Read more

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