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Alternative Treatments For Peritonsillar Abscess
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
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
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
No he can not: Usually your family will refer you to ENT specialist. ...Read more
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
Peritonsillar absces: 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 generally result in tonsillectomy. ...Read more
Ask the French: Probably more important to get that darned thing drained so you don't develop serious complications. And as far as being "contageous, "you've probably got residual inflammation for a few days after it is drained, so as long as you don't cough in someone's face or do any French kissing you won't pass it on. It may recur if no antibiotics are taken (or even with) so keep an "eye" on it for a while ...Read more
See the MD: See your ENT md for evaluation and tx options. Do not ignore this infection. ...Read more
If you can't swallow: This usually needs drainage and antibiotics. If you can't swallow it should be in the er (one that has access to ENT doctors). If you can swallow you can call a ENT to see if they can do it in the office. It's cheaper to do in the office but if you're sick they can give you IV fluids and antibiotics and pain medicine in the er. ...Read more
Depends on specialty: As an ent, we typically see a few every month, however, most primary care physicians may only see one every few years. ...Read more
I was wondering if a peritonsillar abscess is contagious and if so what's the likelyhood my toddler will get it if exposed.
Generally not: Usually a peritonsillar abscess is a bad-luck complication of a tonsil infection. It usually occurs in healthy young people. While not to say that you couldn't have HIV or herpes for other reasons, they are not known to significantly predispose to peritonsillar abscess (although being immune deficient can increase risk of all sorts of infections). Get the pta treated by an ent. ...Read more
I have a Peritonsillar abscess and I am breastfeeding a baby 15 weeks of age who loves kisses. Can I infect my baby? How do we test him to find out?
Protected: Breast feeding your baby is one of the best things you can do to help protect him from infection. Combined with the fact that you are on antibiotics, the risk if transmission is relatively low. Avoid kisses on the face and hands while you are recovering, and take him for evaluation if he shows signs of infection (fever, fussiness, poor nursing, etc) ...Read more
Peritonsillar absces: A peritonsillar abscess is a very specific problem and involves a collection of pus behind the tonsil, nearly always on one side, although I have seen abscesses on both sides at the same time. This is rare, though. The classic symptoms include severe throat pain on the side of the abscess, a "hot potato voice", deviation of the uvula to the opposite side as the abscess. You need an ENT to look. ...Read more
I have the symptoms of Peritonsillar Abscess Do I have to get the puss pocket surgically removed? I'm 18 The puss pocket hurts
Tonsil: You should go to the ER now to have it checked and possibly drained. ...Read more
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
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
Another patient asked if a peritonsillar abscess is possible after tonsillectomy, & dr replied, yes it is. I just had my tonsils removed b/c of abscess. Would recurrence after tonsillectomy be rare?
ENT: Possible, but very unlikely if the tonsils were really removed. ...Read more
I just had a peritonsillar abscess in my throat drained. How long should it take for me to be completely healed?
A week: Usually draining it heals things rapidly and you should be all healed within a week. ...Read more
Have peritonsillar abscess (past tonsillitis & tonsilloliths) Should I manage symptoms or go in? Pain lower but abscess growing (2-3mm now). No fever
Peritonsillarabscess: You need to treat with antibiotics for starters. See a doctor or perform a virtual consult for help. ...Read more
Peritonsillar: Peritonsillar abscesses are serious medical conditions that may require surgical drainage. This is usually done by a trained physician who may be a surgeon in a facility equipped with advanced airway management and suction. ...Read more
Should I go to urgent care for a peritonsillar abscess? I made an appointment with an ENT but they can't see me until the 9th. I'm swollen and in pain
Yes this way they will start you on antibiotics, and some topical treatment until you see the specialist.
you can go to the ER, it is more expensive, but if they found out that your condition urgent and required immediate surgical intervention, they can admitt you and ask for an urgent ENT consult.
either way seeing somebody sooner will be better ...Read more
Is it possible that peritonsillar abscess due to staph aureus is on left side but right jaw lymph nodes would be swelled? Not of left side
Yes: Treat the abscess and see if the swollen lymph nodes go down. Right side swelling could be from the left side infection, or from a less obvious right-sided infection happening at the same time. If you finish the antibiotics and the lymph nodes remain swollen more than a week or so, get re-checked. ...Read more
My boyfriend had pre peritonsillar abscess 1 months ago for the last 2 weeks I have had a mild but persistent sore throat got a fever Thursday eve, en?
In the past four months, I've had kidney stones, strep throat with a peritonsillar abscess, two colds and a flu-like virus. Do I just have bad luck?
Yes and No: Any time your body is stressed, certain hormones are released by your body to help you deal with the acute situation. While these are essential to help you during the acute event, they also slightly reduce your immune system, making you more prone to pick up something else. Listen to your body, and get plenty of extra rest, nutritious food, put stressors on the back burner and you will recover! ...Read more
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