How is a peritonsillar abscess treated?

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Standard treatment for peritonsillar abscess consists of using antibiotics, pain medication, and draining of the abscess. Antibiotics are used provided the infection is caused by bacteria, and pain medication is prescribed to relieve the pain. Surgery is necessary to drain the abscess. Doctors sometimes perform a tonsillectomy after draining the abscess.


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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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