Peritonsillar Abscess / Deep Neck Abscess Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is peritonsillar abscess / deep neck abscess?

A bacterial infection of the areas surrounding the tonsils, or deep parts of the neck. Pus accumulates in these areas, forming an abscess.

Symptoms of peritonsillar abscess / deep neck abscess

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Drooling

  • Feeling breathless

  • Throat redness

  • Thick, muffled voice

  • Ear pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for peritonsillar abscess / deep neck abscess

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose peritonsillar abscess / deep neck abscess

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Do you have drooling (because you cannot swallow saliva)?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

Treatment for peritonsillar abscess / deep neck abscess

This condition is usually treated with antibiotics. If the abscess is large, The doctor may cut or drain the abscess to remove the pus. If you are unable to drink and swallow, hospitalization for monitoring and fluids given through a needle may be needed. Abscesses near of on the tonsils usually require prompt treatment.

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