Quinsy

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Definition

Quinsy is also known as peritonsillar abscess or PTA. This is a pustule between the wall of the throat and the back of the tonsils.

Diagnosis

A physical exam will be conducted by a doctor who will look at the patient's tonsils to check for infection and abscess. The doctor looks for physical signs including redness and edema in the tonsillar area of the affected side and swelling of the jugulodigastric lymph nodes.

Treatment

This disease has become rare because of prevention and early medication. In many cases, a small operation may be conducted to drain the pus from the abscess. Patients may also take antibiotics as treatment. In severe cases a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) may be needed.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms are similar to that of tonsillitis that includes: a worsening sore throat, usually on one side, fever, difficulty opening the mouth, difficulty swallowing, changes to your voice, bad breath, drooling rather than swallowing your own saliva, and swelling of the face and neck. Neck pain associated with tender, swollen lymph nodes, referred ear pain and breath odor are also common.

Causes

This disease occurs during a sever case of tonsillitis. It is when the infection spreads from a swollen tonsil to its surrounding areas.

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