What do I need to know about caring for someone with peritonsillar abscess?

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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 attend doctor's appointments, be available during the required surgery, and help during recovery. As with any illness, dealing with peritonsillar abscess could be stressful.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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