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Abscess Behind Tonsil
I have small series of 5 small indents that are in a line in the back right side of the roof of my mouth behind a hard bump. Abscess? Cancer? What?
I have a peritonsillar abscess and a piece of my tonsil is hanging off. Should I be concerned? Should I try to remove it or will it fall off by itsel
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Hi doc, I assume I have a sort of peritonsillar abscess or else white vertical strips on both tonsils. Can I drain them? Advise pls.
Antibiotics: And see your doctor, do not try this at home. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with tonsillitis and tiny abscess on my tonsil. I was given antibodics, didn't drain. A month later no pain just still swollen. Wats wrong?
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