Who is most at risk for peritonsillar abscess?

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Since peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis, people suffering from tonsillitis are at highest risk, especially those with recurring infections. Smoking and periodontal disease may increase the risk. Peritonsillar abscess may affect people of all ages, but the infection is more common in young adults; adolescents and older children are also commonly more affected. It also occurs most often during the late fall and early spring.

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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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