August 5, 2010

Home Remedies for Pain after Tonsillectomy Surgery

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

Tonsils are lumps of tissue that are located on either side at the back of the throat. They help fight infection and trap any virus or bacteria that are entering the throat. Tonsillitis is a condition whereby the tonsils become infected by bacteria or virus. At such times the tonsils then become red and swollen and on examination have a white or yellow coating on them. Fever, a sore throat and pain while swallowing are symptoms of tonsillitis. Your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy or removal of your tonsils once he has examined you.

Tonsillectomy is usually an outpatient surgery and does not require hospitalization. The maximum period of time that you would be required to stay in hospital is about 8-10 hours; that is till the anesthesia wears off. After a tonsillectomy, your throat will be extremely sore and sensitive.

Here are some ways to get pain relief after tonsillectomy.

  • It is important to have plenty to drink. Increase your fluid intake.
  • Try to eat normal food as soon as possible. Stay away from hot and spicy foods as these will irritate your throat even more.
  • Using ice packs will also help you with pain relief after tonsillectomy.
  • Sucking an ice cube, drinking cold juices, eating ice cream or even popsicles are all good ways of keeping your throat cool. Cold substances will help alleviate the pain.
  • It is necessary to eat foods that are easy to swallow. Soft foods like oatmeal, puddings, jellies, yogurts or even soups are good choices. Continue to have such foods till your throat is less sore and you find it easier to swallow.
  • Your doctor will also prescribe pain medication for pain relief after tonsillectomy. Take them regularly and if possible, at least half an hour before you eat. Unless your doctor or the instructions on the medicines advise otherwise. Your doctor may even prescribe soluble medicines (these can be dissolved in water) as these will be the most comfortable for you to take.
  • It is necessary to rest from a tonsillectomy as this speeds up the recovery process. Rest for at least two weeks before returning to school/college/work. Sporting activities should be avoided at this time. You can resume sexual activity when you fee able.
  • Humidify: Placing a humidifier in the room is another helpful source of pain relief after tonsillectomy.
  • Salt water gargles after your meals will help to keep your mouth refreshed.