What is a throat abscess?

A throat abscess is sometimes a rare complication of strep throat. Symptoms may include extreme difficulty swallowing, pain tending to one side of the throat, fever, earache, headache, a muffled voice, and difficulty opening the mouth. A throat abscess should be suspected if a child shows these signs; excessively drooling may also be present. These symptoms generally need immediate medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.

Other possible causes of a throat abscess are staph infection and Haemophilus bacteria, but the symptoms and signs are the same regardless of the cause of the abscess.

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