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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting abscess in tonsils?

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)

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

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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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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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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