How to Relieve Pain after Tonsillectomy?

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Nearly everyone experiences pain after a tonsillectomy. Pain is most often in the throat and frequently in the ears but may also be located in the jaw or the neck. Steps that you can take to reduce pain, promote recovery and prevent complications include the following:
  • Medications. Take pain medications as directed by your surgeon or the hospital staff.
  • Fluids. It's important to get plenty of fluids after surgery to avoid dehydration. Water and ice pops are good choices.
  • Food. Bland foods that are easy to swallow, such as applesauce or broth, are the best choices immediately after surgery. Foods such as ice cream and pudding can be added to the diet if they're tolerated. Foods that are easy to chew and swallow should be added to the diet as soon as possible. Avoid acidic, spicy, hard or crunchy foods as they may cause pain or bleeding.
  • Rest. Bed rest is important for several days after surgery, and strenuous activities — such as running and bike riding — should be avoided for two weeks after surgery. You or your child should be able to return to work or school after resuming a normal diet, sleeping normally through the night and not needing pain medication. Talk to your doctor about any activities that should be avoided.
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