A peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus around the tonsils and in the throat. Pus is a thick fluid that usually contains white blood cells, dead tissue, and germs.
Your child has 2 tonsils, one on each side of the back of the throat. They are small reddish, oval-shaped masses and are easy to see. They help fight nose and throat infections.
A peritonsillar abscess is usually an infection. Your child may get a peritonsillar abscess after he has been sick with:
Sore throat is a common symptom that can be just scratchiness or can be intense pain.
Signs and symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine him. Tests may include:
Treatment may include:
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your child’s healthcare provider. In addition:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
The following suggestions may help prevent a peritonsillar abscess:
Help your child have good dental hygiene. Follow your child’s dentist’s instructions for cleaning and flossing your child’s teeth:
Help or teach your child to: