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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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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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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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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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 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 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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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

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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?

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?

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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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

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