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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for peritonsillar abscess?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for peritonsillar abscess?

No: A peritonsillar abscess may well require surgical drainage. Adjunctive treatment with antibiotics would also be indicated. Neither of these modalities is available "over the counter". ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Tonsil Abscess (Definition)

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


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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. What's wrong with me?

Persistant cough. Just had peritonsillar abscess. What's 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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What does peritonsillar abscess actually mean?

What does peritonsillar abscess actually mean?

Peritonsillar absces: Peritonsillar abscess describes a collection of pus that has collected behind an infected tonsil. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of peritonsillar abscess?

What are the most common symptoms of peritonsillar abscess?

Go in: If you have any problems breathing or swallowing, go to er. May notice if lying flat on back. I've seen these require emergent awake tracheostomy to secure the airway. Don't mess around. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: peritonsillar abscess?

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

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If you have a peritonsillar abscess how likely are you to have it happen again?

If you have a peritonsillar abscess how likely are you to have it happen again?

Depends: Peritonsillar abscess frequently treated with oral, sometimes IV antibiotics,
Sometimes patients need surgery to drain the abscess.
Hard to predict potential for recurrence. Ask your ENT,
Feel better ...Read more

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Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Depends: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious complication of an acute tonsillitis. It is not that the abscess is contagious, but that the etiology of the tonsillitis, if is viral or bacterial can be contagious. ...Read more

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How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

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

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My peritonsillar abscess just drained, what do I do now?

My peritonsillar abscess just drained, what do I do now?

See the MD: See your ENT md for evaluation and tx options. Do not ignore this infection. ...Read more

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Should I go to the emergency room if I have a peritonsillar abscess?

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

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Can getting a peritonsillar abscess drained hurt?

Mildly uncomfortable: With proper local anesthetic, this can be relatively easy to go through. It is done in the office and you will feel much better soon after drainage. The benefits are well worth it. ...Read more

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Peritonsillar abscess, can't get rid of pain. Please help?

Peritonsillar abscess, can't get rid of pain. Please help?

Most likely you'll -: Need to have it drained, which will decrease the pain and also help with its healing.
Surgery should be done asap, as it can easily become life threatening.
See your ENT doc asap or go to an er. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with peritonsillar abscess?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with peritonsillar abscess?

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

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Peritonsillar abscess - prescribed antibiotic shot, what to do?

Peritonsillar abscess - prescribed antibiotic shot, what to do?

Peritonsillar: abscess may require surgical intervention. See ENT for significant swelling. ...Read more

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I was wondering if a peritonsillar abscess is contagious and if so what's the likelyhood my toddler will get it if exposed.

Be careful: The bacteria that are causing your abscess can be transmitted to others through your saliva. Do not share food or drinks and do not kiss on or near the mouth of your children. Wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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I have peritonsillar abscess. Could this be any indication of HIV or herpes?

I have peritonsillar abscess. Could this be any indication of HIV or herpes?

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

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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?

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

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How to tell if I have a "peritonsillar abscess"?

How to tell if I have a "peritonsillar abscess"?

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

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What is peritonsillar abscess?

What is peritonsillar abscess?

Infection: A peritonsillar abscess is an infection around the tonsils an is sometimes a complication of tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Have peritonsillar abscess (past tonsillitis & tonsilloliths) Should I manage symptoms or go in? Pain lower but abscess growing (2-3mm now). No fever

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

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I've got peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), how will my doctor drain my throat?

I've got peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), how will my doctor drain my throat?

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

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What to do if I have peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), how will my doctor drain my throat?

What to do if I have peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), how will my doctor drain my throat?

See an ENT MD: If you have a peritonsillar abscess this is best treated by an ENT physician who may aspirate the abscess with a needle and syringe or drain it with a scalpel. Either way it will be through your mouth usually under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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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 but: 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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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

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