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cause of tonsilar abscess

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not usually done: Usually we can tell if somebody has an abscess by just examining them. In rare cases a ct scan of the neck can be performed to confirm this.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Tonsilar abscess: Tonsilar abscess = a localized pocket of pus on tonsil.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Drainage and meds: Usually we drain the abscess with with a needle or incise it with a blade under local anesthesia. Then we treat with antibiotics and sometimes steroid ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Tonsilitis: Yes Staphylococcus aureus can produce tonsillar infection.
A member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
No: It is common for patients to ascribe symptoms which occur after an event to that event simply because they are temporally related. That does not make ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Contamination without infection. Many bacteria live with us, or within us. Usually pus - white cells is a sign of infection beyond contamination.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Omega Edwards
19 years experience Infectious Disease
Varies: Definitive treatent is surgical removal; although not usually necessary. Carefully selected antibiotics, taken as prescribed, should suffice. Trust yo ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Don't do it: If you have a swelling in that locatio or otherwise have reason to believe you have an abscess in your throat, it would be a big mistake to attempt to ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Possible: It's possible but unlikely. It can happen anytime bacteria get into the blood stream.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Tonsillectomy: The tonsils exist to aid in fighting infection. Unfortunately when you have had numerous episodes of infection and this becomes chronic tonsillitis t ... Read More

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