Oral Thrush After Tonsillectomy

What is Thrush? (Candida)

Oral Thrush or Candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mucus membrane lining of the mouth and tongue. It is often referred to as candida. Candida or thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus called candid. This candida fungus or yeast infection is always present in the mouth but certain conditions can affect your bodies ability to keep the candida fungus in check. For tonsillectomy patients, weakened immune system and doses of antibiotics can are the usual causes. Most people first notice a white tongue.

Since the mouth is abnormal anyway, many post tonsillectomy patients do not realize that they have candida or thrush. A white film on the tongue and sores are common symptoms of oral thrush or yeast infection. This white tongue may seem the least of worries but could indicate a yeast infection

Many of the visitors to the tonsillectomy forum have reported that eating yogurt or taking over-the-counter acidophilus capsules can help clear up the Candida (oral thrush). You might also try using a soft toothbrush to gently clean the area and rinsing your mouth with a diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide solution several times a day.

If these home remedies don’t work, see your doctor who may prescribe an antifungal mouthwash or lozenges to suck on .

Candidiasis is actually quite common among tonsillectomy patients, but quite treatable. Tonsillectomy recovery is uncomfortable without oral thrush. Don’t suffer with it unnecessarily. If you think you have thrush, call your doctor to discuss treatment options

Here is a photo of a fairly typical case of oral thrush (Candidiasis).

Oral thrush after tonsillectomy
Oral Thrush




  1. I have thrush. Got my tonsillectomy 6 days ago. Realized I have thrush this morning. Tongue is totally white. I’m depressed and posses off to be quite honest. I haven’t eaten in 6 days. I feel like I’m dying. Its horrible. I wish I would’ve found this site earlier. Its really helpful. I cannot wait to eat again.

  2. Ugh thrush… Isn’t it enough I have 3rd degree burns on my throat now my tongue and cheeks feel like they’ve been thoroughly sanded. Eating is now incredibly painful and nearing impossible. My advise to everyone is if you feel like you have thrush get it checked out immediately I’ve been dealing with this pain thinking it was a normal part of getting my tonsils out when I could’ve had it treated and gone by now…

  3. Looking at the picture, I’m fairly certain I had oral thrush but I had no idea. I just thought it was normal. It went away on it’s own around day 8 or 9 when my scabs finished coming off but now I’m wondering what effect it had on my recovery…

  4. I had a horrible case of Oral Thrush after surgery. I called the doctor and he was no help – he was a complete a$$ saying that he did not believe it – but trust me – there is no mistaking it! I found a candida gone kit from my earthy crunchy store and in a couple days it was cleared up. Trust yourself – if you think you have thrush, there is no harm in the home remedies.

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