Tonsillectomy (cont.)

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When to call the doctor

Notify the doctor if the patient has:

  1. A sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the mouth or nose that lasts more than a few minutes.
  2. A fever greater than 101.5 F (38.6 C) that persists despite increasing the amount of fluid they drink and administration of acetaminophen (Tylenol and others). A child with a fever should try to drink approximately one-half cup of fluid each waking hour, and an adult should drink one cup per hour.
  3. Persistent sharp pain or headache which is not relieved by pain medications prescribed.
  4. Increased swelling or redness of the nose, neck, or eyes.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014

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