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* Rest!!!! NO STRENUOUS ACTIVITY for the next 24 hours!
* Reduce activities for 2 weeks following surgery.
* DRINK WATER, WATER, WATER! This is more important than food! Especially the first 3 - 4 days, this will prevent dehydration and keep you from going to the emergency room for IV fluids.
* No aspirin or aspirin products for the next 10 days. Follow the medication list given prior to surgery. Take only your prescribed pain medication or Tylenol!
* All pain medication has a tendency to upset your stomach. If so use plain Tylenol occassionally.
* Low grade fever is common, if fever gets above 101, call the office.
* Some blood steaks are common, first try holding ice cold water in the mouth, then spit out, do this a few times this will help coagulate (stop bleeding) but if there is significant bleeding (a mouth full) call the office.
* Ear pain is also common after a tonsillectomy, (it it referred pain from the tonsil area).
* There will be white patches where the tonsils were for 2 - 3 weeks. This is the scabbing over period.
* Avoid hard or crunchy foods like chips etc. this will take the scabbing off causing bleeding. Stick to a soft diet of foods like scrambled eggs, pasta, yogurt, applesauce, soups/broths (on the cool side) popsicles, milkshakes, icee's, cold watermelon etc. are recommended.
* Bad breath is common during healing.
* Avoid citric acid juices such as orange or tomato juice as they will burn.
* Avoid excessive throat clearing.
* Lozenges such as Chloraseptic, Cepacol that have an anesthetic in them can be helpful.
* Cold packs to the neck can also be helpful.
* Adults may have discomfort longer than children, up to 2 weeks.
* Pain will subside more rapidly using those muscles as in swallowing or chewing gum.
* On occasion the uvula will swell. Recommend cold liquids or sucking on ice chips, this will help bring the swelling down.
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