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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

Dr. James Krick
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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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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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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 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?

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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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

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