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Peritonsillar Abscess


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Comment from: Michelle 47, 65-74 (Patient) Published: October 01

I woke up with right side severe throat pain. No previous symptoms of a peritonsillar abscess. Thought it would resolve by itself. Two days later having not been able to swallow saliva (or anything) for 2 days I saw my doctor. I made an immediate visit to the emergency room. I had intravenous antibiotics and steroids (and fluids), then needle aspiration which removed a lot of pus but didn't relieve the symptoms. Then I had an intervention with a scalpel. The next day the pain was better. Altogether I spent three days in hospital and took antibiotics.

Comment from: Cappuccino , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

The peritonsillar abscess started with a sore throat (strep). Then one tonsil got bigger, and didn't go down. I couldn't move my head or gargle, ear pain and throat pain were terrible. I made a paste from green clay olive leaf powder and castor oil. I put the mud on my neck below the ear with hot water bottle, and in 20 minutes it opened the abscess so I could keep spitting it out. I did have an antibiotic and colloidal silver.

Comment from: Jm, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I have an abscess on my right tonsil. I am very worried this was already too long, about three months ago. I already went to two doctors but nothing changes.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: March 29

About a month ago, I had a sore throat and was given some medicine by my parents. I got better and stopped taking them. That was a mistake because I didn't realize they were antibiotics. Because I finished taking them too early, I got a sore throat again except the second time was much worse. I had a low fever, excruciating pain when eating, drinking and swallowing saliva, my left tonsil was so swollen that it was pushing my uvula to the other side, my left ear was in pain, the left side of my tongue was swollen and in pain, I could not open my mouth very wide, and I eventually could not even speak because it was too painful. I visited one doctor who gave me antibiotics that did not work. I visited another doctor and he gave me a stronger dose of antibiotics. I was still getting worse. After another sleepless night, I decided I needed to go to the emergency room in the morning. But before I left, I tasted a foul liquid in my mouth. I rushed to the bathroom and spit out brown pus and blood for about ten minutes. I felt better immediately and checked my tonsils. My left tonsil was significantly smaller because the peritonsillar abscess had ruptured and let out everything that was making me sick. Afterwards, I thoroughly cleaned my mouth. The rupture occurred three nights ago, now I have a very mild sore throat and am experiencing no pain. I'm still taking my medicine and cleaning my mouth after every meal to prevent further infection.

Comment from: MPin, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I had chills followed by sore throat severe pain swallowing and ear pain, drooling, muffled voice, difficulty opening mouth, general malaise and discomfort.

Comment from: Coonhound Lover, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I had a peritonsillar abscess. I had difficulty on the right side of throat. I had right ear pain, too and frequent headaches.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


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