Peritonsillar AbscessWednesday, June 09, 2010
Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of infected material in the
area around the tonsils. One or both tonsils become infected. Dr. Edward Hill discusses peritonsillar abscesses in todays 60 Second Housecall.
A peritonsillar abscess is when a sore filled with pus forms near one of your tonsils at the back of your throat. It is caused by an infection, but doctors dont know why it happens.
Most of these abscesses are a complication of tonsillitis, an infection of the tonsils. But infectious mononucleosis or tooth or gum infections can also cause them. People who smoke are more likely to get abscesses.
The most common symptom is a severe sore throat that is worse on one side. You may also have a fever or trouble swallowing. It can be hard to speak or you may only be able to talk softly. It also can hurt to open your mouth wide. Call your doctor right away if you have trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking, or if you start to drool.
The pus will need to be removed. Surgery to remove your tonsils is also an option if you have had tonsil infections or abscesses before. After the pus is gone, the pain and symptoms should get better.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.