Viral Throat Infections
- Q What increases my child's risk for croup?
Though it can occur at any age, children are most susceptible to croup before they are six years old. Because it is usually caused by a virus, coming into contact with other children who are infected puts your child at risk. Frequent hand-washing can... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat croup?
In mild cases of croup, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, can help your child feel more comfortable during the recovery period. If your child is having trouble breathing, your child's doctor might prescribe corticosteroids or... Full Answer
- Q Can croup be prevented?
Because most cases of croup are caused by the same kind of contagious virus that causes the common cold, one of the best ways to prevent croup is to make sure that children wash their hands frequently. Parents should also try to avoid contact with others... Full Answer
- Q Will antibiotics be effective against my peritonsillar abscess?
Antibiotics are one of the standard treatments used for peritonsillar abscess, but they are only part of the treatment process. Treating this infection effectively requires surgery in addition to antibiotics. Surgery is necessary in order to drain the... Full Answer
- Q Who is most at risk for peritonsillar abscess?
Since peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis, people suffering from tonsillitis may be most at risk, especially those with recurring infections. Peritonsillar abscess does affect people of all ages, but the infection is more common in... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for peritonsillar abscess?
Your risk for peritonsillar abscess (pocket of infection) increases if you suffer from tonsillitis. Your doctor might recommend a tonsillectomy to prevent peritonsillar abscess from developing. The risks for this infection are also greater for younger... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with peritonsillar abscess?
When caring for someone with peritonsillar abscess, remember to offer both emotional and physical support. Peritonsillar abscess can cause severe throat pain and fever. A person with peritonsillar abscess may also have difficulty speaking. It may help to... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my peritonsillar abscess symptoms?
Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms that may be an indication of peritonsillar abscess. Peritonsillar abscess (pocket of infection) can cause an obstruction in the airway making it difficult or impossible to breathe. The infection could... Full Answer
- Q Is peritonsillar abscess serious?
Peritonsillar abscess is a serious infection that can be life threatening. It may cause severe swelling of tissue in the throat leading to a blockage of the airway, interfering with a person's ability to breathe. Complications of peritonsillar abscess... Full Answer