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tonsilar abscess signs

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 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 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tonsilar abscess: Tonsilar abscess = a localized pocket of pus on tonsil.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Omega Edwards
18 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
52 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Rare but possible: An abscess of the tonsils is actually an abscess in the space around the tonsils, hence the correct name "peritonsillar abscess." the peritonsillar sp ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Possible: It's possible but unlikely. It can happen anytime bacteria get into the blood stream.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 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
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably not: Really takes more direct contact than this is most cases. Airborne transmission is not common.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Parag Parikh
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Peritonsilar abcess: YES also known as hot tonsillectomy,though not commonly done,unless symptoms ,like worsening condition,or if infection not controllable,

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