Peri-tonsillar Abscess

peritonsillar abscess

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What is the peritonsillar abscess?

A peritonsillar abscess is a bacterial infection that usually begins as a complication of untreated streptococcus throat infection or tonsillitis. It generally involves a pus-filled pocket that forms near tonsils.

It is common in children, adolescents, and young adults, usually occur at the beginning or end of the winter season.

Peritonsillar abscess is also known as quinsy.

Is Peritonsillar abscess serious?

peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis. The bacteria involved are similar to those that cause streptococcus throat. Streptococcal bacteria commonly cause an infection in the soft tissue around the tonsils (usually just on one side).

Can Peritonsillar abscess be treated with antibiotics?

Yes, a peritonsillar abscess is treated with antibiotics, either orally or intravenously.

Is Quincy serious?

Quinsy is a complication of tonsillitis, a bacterial infection of the tonsils.

Infections of the membranes of tonsils may produce serious, life-threatening complications which include fluid accumulation around the heart or lungs and causes breathing difficulty (pericarditis).

Is throat abscess contagious?

Tonsillitis is caused by viral and bacterial infections and is contagious by direct person-to-person contact. Viral infection can spread for about 7-10 days whereas bacterial tonsillitis can remain contagious for about two weeks.

Can you get a Peritonsillar abscess if you don’t have tonsils?

If the tonsils are removed after tonsillectomy than the chances of having peritonsillar abscess is very less.

What causes pharyngeal abscess?

A pharyngeal abscess is usually caused by a bacterial infection that has spread from the tonsils, throat, sinuses, adenoids, or nose.

What is Quinsy abscess?

Quinsy, also known as a peritonsillar abscess, it is a rare and complication of tonsillitis. The abscess (a collection of pus) forms after the bacterial infection spread from an infected tonsil to the surrounding area.

Can tonsillitis go away on its own?

Yes, it can go away from its own but antibiotics are used to prevent complications.

How long does tonsillitis last if untreated?

Tonsillitis caused by bacterial infection can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Symptoms usually go away within 7 to 10 days.

Is tonsillitis bacterial or viral?

Tonsillitis is caused by both virus as well as from bacteria.

Causes of a peritonsillar abscess?

Risk factor includes:

-Dental infections (such as the gum infections periodontitis and gingivitis)

-Chronic tonsillitis

-Infectious mononucleosis


-Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

-Stones or calcium deposits in the tonsils (tonsilloliths)

Symptoms of a peritonsillar abscess?

-swelling in the mouth at the site of inflammation

-enlarged lymph nodes on the neck

-Painful swallowing

-fever and chills

-Spasm in the muscles of the jaw (trismus) and the neck (torticollis)


-sometimes hoarseness of the voice. -Chronic tonsillitis

-Infectious mononucleosis


-Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

-Stones or calcium deposits in the tonsils (tonsilloliths)

For more information, you can visit AAFP and Wikipedia.

Peritonsillar Abscess

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