A peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus that forms in the tissue around one or both tonsils, usually as a result of a bacterial infection. It can also be referred to as a quinsy or a peritonsillitis abscess.
Symptoms of a peritonsillar abscess may include severe sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, ear pain, difficulty opening the mouth, and a muffled voice. The affected area may appear red and swollen, and the lymph nodes in the neck may also be swollen and tender.
Diagnosis of a peritonsillar abscess may involve a physical exam, which can reveal the presence of pus in the area around the tonsils. Imaging tests, such as a CT scan or ultrasound, may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment of a peritonsillar abscess typically involves draining the pus from the abscess, which may be done through a small incision or needle aspiration. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to treat the underlying bacterial infection.
If left untreated, a peritonsillar abscess can lead to serious complications such as the spread of infection to other parts of the body or the development of a chronic infection. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you have a peritonsillar abscess.