Also known as a peritonsillar abscess, it can occur due to a complication of tonsillitis where the infection spreads to the tissue adjacent to the tonsils. If the abscess is small, it may respond to either oral or IV antibiotics but larger abscesses or even smaller ones that do not respond to medical therapy need to be drained.
Causes of a Throat (aka peritonsillar) Abscess:
Occurs when an infection spreads past the tonsil and pus forms in the surrounding tissue.
Symptoms of Throat Abscess:
Throat pain, muffled voice, difficulty opening the mouth, fever, malaise, neck pain.
Dr. Davis drains the abscess through the throat. The procedure takes just a few minutes and for adult patients it is performed in the office under local anesthesia. Children need to be sedated and this can be done at a nearby operating room. We provide you with medications to control any discomfort and a soft diet is recommended for a few days. Most patients start feeling much better within 24 hours.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*