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Tonsil Abscess In Children
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
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
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
Someone in my household has strep & a tonsil abscess, she accidentally coughed in my face. I do not have tonsils. Can I catch strep from her?
Not too bad: It is transmissible, but not easily, so odds are will not be a problem. ...Read more
Had strep that turned to abscess. 8 months later and I still have pain and some swelling on that side. Now I have a cyst on tonsil. What is the issue?
Abscess now cyst: Greetings. I sympathize with you regarding your peritonsillar abscess. Some of my patients suffering the most are those with a PTA. The fact that you still have pain and swelling means that you may need further care and possibly even a tonsillectomy. I feel the cyst is probably unrelated however your surgeon will make that determination. Follow up with your ENT for a recheck. ...Read more
I recently was given amoxicillin 500 to clear up an abscess on my right tonsil, however I have had no pain relief, I actually feel worse?
Seek Care: Anytime one has a medical condition that is under treatment and is either not better or getting worse then one should consider seeking medical care ...Read more
Had abscess near n in tonsil. Dr put swab on tonsil to detect the bacteria type. Just swab around infected site give true result? Or abscess pus needed?
Can you give me advice! Will my ENT be able to remove my tonsils if I still have a peritonsilar abscess?
Peritonsilar abcess: YES also known as hot tonsillectomy, though not commonly done, unless symptoms, like worsening condition, or if infection not controllable, ...Read more
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
Is it necessary to take pus on swab in case of abscess in and around tonsil to detect bacteria? Or simple saliva around abscess can detect bacteria?
Abscess of tonsil: To get a good bacterial culture from the abscess it is necessary to use a culture swab on the pus itself. Getting a swab of the saliva around the area is not likely to get a good result. Additionally, if the abscess is drained with a needle, then the material from the syringe can be sent on culture swabs. ...Read more
Diagnosed with tonsillitis and tiny abscess on my tonsil. I was given antibodics, didn't drain. A month later no pain just still swollen. Wats wrong?
Left tonsil very swollen. Told doesn't look abscessed right now. Strep rapid test was very very faint. Machine read negative but APRN saw faint line?
Get strep culture!!!: The rapid strep text has a FALSE NEGATIVE RATE of up to 30%. Hospitals are required by regulatory agencies to send all negative rapid streps for confirming strep cultures. This isn't done in many outpatient settings & is a serious failure because strep is missed & complications develop. Insist on a strep culture, not a throat culture which isn't necessary, is expensive & takes 4 days. See comment ...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
My left tonsil has been moderately painful when I swallow for the past 3-4 days, could it be an abscess? No other symptoms -had tonsilitis last week
After getting my abscess drained on my tonsil it still hurts a little to swallow. Is this just normal recovery time? My voice is getting better also
Yes, It Is:
Yes, that sounds like "normal"recovery.
Each and every succeeding day you should be getting better (swelling, pain, fever, voice, etc).
Please take the medication as advised/prescribed, and especially complete the antibiotics course.
In about 7 - 10 days after the procedure you should have recovered back to your normal healthy self.
#GetWellSoon ...Read more
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