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Seek care immediately if:
- You see bright red blood in your saliva or coming from your nose.
- You have trouble breathing.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You are vomiting.
- You have a fever higher than 102°, or a low-grade fever for longer than 2 days.
- You have signs of dehydration, such as dark yellow urine, little or no urine, dry eyes or mouth, or increased thirst.
- You have severe pain, even after you take your medicine.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Do not blow your nose for 1 week after surgery, or as directed. You may have heavy bleeding if scabs fall off when you blow your nose.
- Drink liquids as directed to prevent dehydration. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
- Eat soft, bland foods. Soft foods may be easier for you to eat when you have throat pain. Soft foods include applesauce, ice cream, scrambled eggs, or soups with soft vegetables, pasta, or rice. Do not eat spicy or citrus foods. These may irritate your throat and cause pain.
- Increase your activities slowly. Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your daily activities.
- Do not smoke. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars can prevent healing after surgery. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. E-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.