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Old 11-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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pain and infections 2 months post-tonsilectomy

I've been getting infections every month for the past year (colds, sinus infections, tonsilitis). It was recommended that I get a tonsilectomy, due to this, and I had it done the first week of September. However I'm still getting sick frequently - cold in late September, and sinus infection in mid-October. I'm also having throat pain still. It doesn't feel like it did right after the surgery, but it's like a constant pain, similar to what it was like before I had my tonsils out when they were inflamed/swollen all the time. Is this part of normal healing or do I need to pay my doctor a phone call?

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: pain and infections 2 months post-tonsilectomy

You may need to do some sinus rinses to rid yourself of any residual sinus infections. They can hang around forever. Won't help though if you have a deviated septum or other blockage as germs can hide in the nooks and crannies. Colds are harder as you really have to police yourself - wash your hands frequently, take something like Alka Seltzer plus for colds the MOMENT you think you may be getting a cold and then every 4 hours for 2 days to ward it off. Do not put your fingers on your face,eyes, etc after shakign hands with someone, using them alot , etc. Wash them first. That's the best way to keep colds at bay.

As for the pain, you'd probably have to ask your surgeon about that. It could be a holdover but after 2 months, I would think that would be gone by now

 
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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Re: pain and infections 2 months post-tonsilectomy

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You may need to do some sinus rinses to rid yourself of any residual sinus infections. They can hang around forever. Won't help though if you have a deviated septum or other blockage as germs can hide in the nooks and crannies. Colds are harder as you really have to police yourself - wash your hands frequently, take something like Alka Seltzer plus for colds the MOMENT you think you may be getting a cold and then every 4 hours for 2 days to ward it off. Do not put your fingers on your face,eyes, etc after shakign hands with someone, using them alot , etc. Wash them first. That's the best way to keep colds at bay.

As for the pain, you'd probably have to ask your surgeon about that. It could be a holdover but after 2 months, I would think that would be gone by now
My surgeon did diagnose me with a deviated septum. He had wanted to do a sinus ct prior to surgery, and correct both (tonsils and nasal passage) at the same time, but I opted to wait. My SO thinks I should go ahead and do the ct. For sinus/allergy issues, I'm currently taking Singular, Claritin, Pataday (for eye allergies) and Astepro. I'm also using an inhaler.

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