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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Peritonsillar Abscess

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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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What is the treatment for a peritonsillar abscess?

What is the treatment for a peritonsillar abscess?

Usually drainage: Early abscess may respond to antibiotics and steroids but usually require drainage. ...Read more

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Should i go to emergency if i know I have a peritonsillar abscess?

Should i go to emergency if i know I have a peritonsillar abscess?

Yes: You should go to the er. I presume your regular doctor does not have office hours currently. Depending on the extent of your peritonsillar abscess, it may need incision and drainage. Intravenous hydration and antibiotics may be beneficial as well. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease and a peritonsillar abscess be related?

Can Crohn's disease and a peritonsillar abscess be related?

Not necessarily: While crohn's disease can have oral mucosal manifestations (apthous ulcers, for instance), peritonsillar abscesses are not necessarily more common in a patient with crohn's disease. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a peritonsillar abscess?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a peritonsillar abscess?

Sore throat and more: Peritonsillar abscess can cause following symptoms including sore throat, painful and difficult swallowing saliva, muffled voice, painful lumps(lymph nodes)in your neck. If you have difficulty breathing or talking, you should seek immediate medical care at ER. ...Read more

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Persistant cough. Just had peritonsillar abscess. Whats wrong with me?

Persistant cough. Just had peritonsillar abscess. Whats wrong with me?

Drainage: It is most likely that there is some drainage down the back of your throat causing cough. You should see the surgeon who drained your abscess. The drainage may just be excess saliva but it could be pus. ...Read more

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Is a peritonsillar abscess treated with an antibiotic shot?

Partially: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious medical condition and aside from iv antibiotics for 10- 14 days, an ENT consult should be considered to evaluate for incision and drainage. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a peritonsillar abscess after a tonsillectomy?

Is it possible to have a peritonsillar abscess after a tonsillectomy?

Yes: The tissues above the tonsillar pillars can still get infected and and abcess form. This is a very concerning infection because the area is close to brsin snd becsude it can compromidse the airway. Do not delay evaluation if you think you have this type of abcess. ...Read more

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How can I treat peritonsillar abscess?

How can I treat peritonsillar abscess?

ER and/or ENT : Most cases of peritonsillar abscess (pta) needs to be drained (usually with a needle) by an ENT or a trained er doctor. It isn't fun but it helps. You also need antibiotics (most often clindamycin) and potentially IV hydration and steroid medication. If you have recurrent pta, you might also be a candidate for tonsillectomy once healed up. Tonsillectomy during active infection is rarely done. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Peritonsillar Abscess (Definition)

This is an abscess that forms in the space between the tonsil and the pharyngeal wall. They are usually painful and cause difficulty swallowing. In severe cases they can cause breathing problems. The often respond to simple needle drainage and antibiotics. Recurrent cases ...Read more