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How is a peritonsillar abscess medically treated?

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Your doctor’s first concern is your breathing and airway. If you have blocked throat, your doctor may insert a needle in the pus pocket and drain away enough fluid so you can breathe comfortably.

Otherwise, your doctor will injecting numbing medication into the skin over the abscess. You may also get pain medicine or be put to sleep. Your doctor will use suction to help you avoid swallowing pus and blood.

From: Peritonsillar Abscess WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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