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what is the treatment for a peritonsillar abscess?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Usually drainage: Early abscess may respond to antibiotics and steroids but usually require drainage.

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What are fistulas and abscesses?

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Dr. Scott Browning
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Related: There are glands located around the anal canal with ducts draining into the canal. These glands can become infected. When this happens, an abscess developes. Abscesses enlarge and gradually burrow their way to the surface and are either drained by a physician or drain spontaneously. About 50% of the time, the resulting tunnel from the anal canal to the skin persists as a fistula.
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How does the doctor know if you have a brain abscess?

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Investigation.: Clinical findings are correlated with imaging studies and sometimes biopsy is performed.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for peritonsillar abscess?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
No: A peritonsillar abscess may well require surgical drainage. Adjunctive treatment with antibiotics would also be indicated. Neither of these modalities is available "over the counter".
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Do all mouth abscess require being drained?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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All abscesses : Require drainage for proper healing. Regardless of location.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

What causes an abscess? I have one in my arm and it's leaking puss non stop and i've been squeezing it to help get it out but it's a lot and hurts.

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Drainage- stop squee: Abscess caused by an infection of bacteria. Squeezing usually makes it worse and spreads the infection into otherwise healthy areas. Drainage is the only treatment. Heat may help and keep it covered and clean. I will have patients wash it with hydrogen peroxide. If it is bad then see your doctor to have it opened and drained.

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