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Breathing Difficulty after Tonsillectomy. Normal?
asogilvie posted:
I had a tonsillectomy this past Friday due to recurring infection. Since I woke up from the anesthetic, I have had difficulty breathing nasally when lying down, specifically when exhaling. Is it normal to have breathing problems after a tonsillectomy?

As an aside, I can breathe normally through my mouth (although it dries my throat) either sitting up or lying down. I can only breathe normally through my nose when sitting up. I currently sleep in an upright position.
Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Asogilvie,

I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing difficulty breathing after your tonsillectomy and wish we could offer more help for you here on the Oral Health community.

I encourage you to participate in our Ear, Nose and Throat Community . Since this is a Oral Health community, your answers will be limited here. The Ear, Nose and Throat community will be able to help as a support group and be able to point you to other online resources.

Good luck!


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