Peritonsillar Abscess (Throat Abscess)


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Comment from: insider22, 25-34 (Patient) Published: April 21

I was trying to brush my teeth when the peritonsillar abscess broke. It was the weirdest feeling and a lot of blood that came out, but I couldn't eat, drink, swallow for a week, and then all of a sudden felt 100 times better. The giant insanely painful lump was gone. I went to the hospital after though, because I didn't know what the heck happened, and apparently from every google search when these things pop it could be extremely dangerous. I was on antibiotics before and after the hospital because I already went to the emergency room.

Comment from: DayMan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

It began as a sore throat/tonsils. It slowly grew worse and worse, and for a few nights I was not able to sleep because of the ear pain, drooling and difficulty swallowing. I was prescribed antibiotics and a steroid, but the next day had to go in to get the peritonsillar abscess drained because I could no longer talk and my uvula was very swollen. Feeling better afterwards, but there is still swallowing pain and I will have to continue the antibiotics course.

Comment from: Lagon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had tonsillitis and physical symptoms of a quinsy or peritonsillar abscess, however, the doctors were uncertain. Some felt there could be an abscess whilst others were sure there is not. I ended up in Accident and Emergency (A and E) after 3 days of penicillin V with IV steroid, antibiotics, saline fluids and pain relief as I was unable to swallow, speak, drink or eat. I was discharged that day due to improvement and decided by the doctors that there was no abscess. Next day, out of the hospital the abscess burst in my mouth and began to swell again. I returned to A and E and was given Co-amoxiclav.

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.


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