Abscess Tonsil Treatment
Treatment for a peritonsillar abscess includes warm saltwater gargles, narcotic pain medications, antibiotics, and a procedure to drain pus from the abscess.
Specific treatment for peritonsillar abscess includes:
- Warm, salt water gargles
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Antibiotics for peritonsillar abscess
- Needle aspiration for peritonsillar abscess:
- A needle is inserted into the abscess, in order to remove pus.
- Incision and drainage for peritonsillar abscess:
- A small incision is made in the wall of the abscess, in order to allow the pus to drain
Abscess Tonsil Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of peritonsillar abscess.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Do I need surgery?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a peritonsillar abscess again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Abscess Tonsil Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat peritonsillar abscesses:
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