Peritonsillar Abscess Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Peritonsillar Abscess
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Options include the following:
To recover, rest and drink plenty of fluids.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Antibiotics can be given in pill form or via an IV (a needle that goes into the arm). Pain relievers may also be recommended.
Your doctor may puncture the abscess with a needle. Fluid will be removed. A sample will be sent to the lab for testing. This procedure can be done in the doctor's office.
Incision and Drainage Procedure
Your doctor may recommend an incision and drainage procedure. While under sedation, the doctor will make a small cut in the abscess. The fluid will be drained.
Your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy. This involves removing the affected tonsil.