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8 days post tonsillectomy, severe pain on 1 side and earrache and also im sure I might be swallowing pus? Im not sure if this is to be expected?

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Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably normal

It can take a couple of weeks for you to get over it.
The ear pain is common. You may want to chew on gummy candy or gum to see if that loosens up some of the throat muscles spasms. Ask your ENT if they're okay with you using Motrin as that can really help. Use a nasal saline mist hourly while awake if still having a lot of mucous, or at least saline gargles. Or see your ENT for a recheck.

In brief: Probably normal

It can take a couple of weeks for you to get over it.
The ear pain is common. You may want to chew on gummy candy or gum to see if that loosens up some of the throat muscles spasms. Ask your ENT if they're okay with you using Motrin as that can really help. Use a nasal saline mist hourly while awake if still having a lot of mucous, or at least saline gargles. Or see your ENT for a recheck.
Dr. Dale Tylor
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Dr. Marc Rosenthal
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Throat and ear pain are common after tonsillectomy.
The ear pain is actually "referred" pain from the throat. This is not uncommon, even 8 days after surgery, particularly if you are not drinking enough. Infection after tonsillectomy is uncommon and the "pus" you describe is often normal sloughing of the scab as the throat heals. It may be grey or white in color.

In brief: Maybe

Throat and ear pain are common after tonsillectomy.
The ear pain is actually "referred" pain from the throat. This is not uncommon, even 8 days after surgery, particularly if you are not drinking enough. Infection after tonsillectomy is uncommon and the "pus" you describe is often normal sloughing of the scab as the throat heals. It may be grey or white in color.
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
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Dr. William Rosenblatt
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: See your doctor

Go back and see your doctor, let him take a look.
It may be normal, but it should be checked out.

In brief: See your doctor

Go back and see your doctor, let him take a look.
It may be normal, but it should be checked out.
Dr. William Rosenblatt
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