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What are symptoms of a peritonsillar abscess?

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The first symptom of a peritonsillar abscess is usually a sore throat. It can take 2-5 days before symptoms start to show:

  • Swelling in mouth and throat
  • Enlarged or tender lymph glands in the neck
  • Painful or difficulty swallowing
  • Fever and chills
  • Spasm in the muscles of the jaw and neck
  • Ear pain on the same side as the abscess
  • A muffled voice

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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