Quinsy; Abscess - peritonsillar
If the infection is caught early, you will be given antibiotics. More likely, if an abscess has developed, it will need to be drained with a needle or by cutting it open.
Sometimes, the abscess may be drained and the tonsils removed at the same time. You will be prescribed painkillers.
Peritonsillar abscess usually goes away with treatment, although the infection may return in the future.
Call your health care provider if you have had tonsillitis and you develop symptoms of peritonsillar abscess.
Call your health care provider if you have:
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Melio FR. Upper respiratory tract infections. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Wallis RM, et al, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009:chap 73.
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