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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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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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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Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Highly unlikely: It would be extraordinarily difficult to contract spinal meningitis in this manner. But if you have any concerns, it's always better to convey your concerns to your family doctor. ...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