Peritonsillar Abscess: A Complications Of Tonsillitis

Peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis.

Peritonsillar abscess is characterized by a collection of pus between the tonsillar capsule and the surrounding tissues, including the soft palate. 

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Cause of peritonsillar abscess

Streptococcal bacteria most commonly cause an infection in the soft tissue around the tonsils.

Infection of the tonsils (known as tonsillitis) spreads and causes disease in the soft tissues; a peritonsillar abscess may result.

Symptoms of peritonsillar abscess

Symptoms of a peritonsillar abscess similar to those of tonsillitis and strep throat, but they are often more severe.
A person can see the abscess toward the back of the throat, and it looks like a blister or a boil.
In peritonsillar abscess people usually experience:

  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Pain swallowing

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A peritonsillar abscess cannot treat at home. Contact your doctor to discuss appropriate options.

A doctor tries treating a peritonsillar abscess with antibiotics first. If they do not affect, the doctor removes the pus from the abscess to help it heal.

Lancing the abscess with a scalpel to 

    • release, and drain the pus
    • Remove pus with a needle and a syringe

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Complications of tonsillitis

Some complications of tonsillitis are including:

  • Dehydration
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection in neck, jaw, and chest
  • The bacterial infection is known as sepsis
  • Meningitis
  • Endocarditis

Read: What Is Acute Respiratory Infection?: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment


Peritonsillar abscesses cannot be possible prevent. But a person lowers the risk by:

  • Treating oral infection
  • Practicing good dental hygiene
  • Refraining from smoking

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