Peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis. It is most often caused by a type of bacteria called group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus.
If the infection is caught early, you will be given antibiotics. Maybe IV penicillin, or if you allergic, erythromycin. More likely, if an abscess has developed, it will need to be drained with a needle or by cutting it open.
Sometimes, the abscess may be drained and the tonsils removed at the same time. You will be prescribed painkillers.
For more information see: https://www.drugs.com/enc/peritonsillar-abscess.html
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