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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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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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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

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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