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Abscess on roof of mouth right behind front teeth. Painful. Help.

Abscess on roof of mouth right behind front teeth. Painful. Help.

Phone call: Help is as close as your telephone. Please call a local dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. An abscess can be caused by a non-vital nerve or periodontal problems, conditions that you cannot treat yourself. Feel better soon.. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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What are signs you have a tonsil abscess?

What are signs you have a tonsil abscess?

Clinical signs: Include inflammation and pain on palpation in the tonsillar region, symptoms include painful swallowing and possibly fever. ...Read more

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting abscess in tonsils?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting abscess in tonsils?

Tonsillectomy: The tonsils exist to aid in fighting infection. Unfortunately when you have had numerous episodes of infection and this becomes chronic tonsillitis the changes in the tissue now make the tonsils a liability rather than a benefit and they may need to be removed. This would obviously prevent abscess from developing. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Had strep that turned to abscess. 8 months later and I still have pain and some swelling on that side. Now I have a cyst on tonsil. What is the issue?

Had strep that turned to abscess. 8 months later and I still have pain and some swelling on that side. Now I have a cyst on tonsil. What is the issue?

Abscess now cyst: Greetings. I sympathize with you regarding your peritonsillar abscess. Some of my patients suffering the most are those with a PTA. The fact that you still have pain and swelling means that you may need further care and possibly even a tonsillectomy. I feel the cyst is probably unrelated however your surgeon will make that determination. Follow up with your ENT for a recheck. ...Read more

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Had abscess near n in tonsil. Dr put swab on tonsil to detect the bacteria type. Just swab around infected site give true result? Or abscess pus needed?

Had abscess near n in tonsil. Dr put swab on tonsil to detect the bacteria type. Just swab around infected site give true result? Or abscess pus needed?

Strep throat: Your doctor may have tested for strep throat. It is a rapid test and you should know the results quickly. He/she probably also sent a culture as well. This will allow the antibiotic to be accurate. Meanwhile continue the medicine and rest and use a saline to gargle. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice! Will my ENT be able to remove my tonsils if I still have a peritonsilar abscess?

Peritonsilar abcess: YES also known as hot tonsillectomy, though not commonly done, unless symptoms, like worsening condition, or if infection not controllable, ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take pus on swab in case of abscess in and around tonsil to detect bacteria? Or simple saliva around abscess can detect bacteria?

Abscess of tonsil: To get a good bacterial culture from the abscess it is necessary to use a culture swab on the pus itself. Getting a swab of the saliva around the area is not likely to get a good result. Additionally, if the abscess is drained with a needle, then the material from the syringe can be sent on culture swabs. ...Read more

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Left tonsil very swollen. Told doesn't look abscessed right now. Strep rapid test was very very faint. Machine read negative but APRN saw faint line?

Left tonsil very swollen. Told doesn't look abscessed right now. Strep rapid test was very very faint. Machine read negative but APRN saw faint line?

Get strep culture!!!: The rapid strep text has a FALSE NEGATIVE RATE of up to 30%. Hospitals are required by regulatory agencies to send all negative rapid streps for confirming strep cultures. This isn't done in many outpatient settings & is a serious failure because strep is missed & complications develop. Insist on a strep culture, not a throat culture which isn't necessary, is expensive & takes 4 days. See comment ...Read more