Tonsil & Adenoid Problems
Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils that causes soreness and swelling. Affected tonsils appear red and may have white or yellow spots. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, bad breath, ear pain, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and difficulty swallowing. Surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) was a common practice in the past, but now doctors prefer to treat the condition with antibiotics first. If a patient is subject to chronic tonsillitis, a tonsillectomy (and often an adenoidectomy, as well) may be recommended.
Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are another problem; they block the airways and cause soreness, ear infections and breathing difficulties. Side effects include runny nose, snoring and sleep apnea. Steroid treatment is sometimes helpful, but in many cases, enlarged tonsils and adenoids need to be removed surgically.
Recovering from Surgery
- Drink plenty of fluids
- A soft diet is recommended initially
- Increase activity slowly
- Take pain medication as prescribed
Keep in mind that scabs will form where the tonsils and adenoids were removed. These should fall off 5 to 10 days after surgery. There should not be any bleeding other than a little spotting in the saliva. If bright red blood is seen, contact a physician immediately.