abscess is an area of pus-filled tissue at the back of the mouth, next to one
of the tonsils.
More to Know
A peritonsillar abscess can be very painful and can make it difficult to open the
mouth. It can also cause swelling that may push a person's tonsil toward the uvula
(the dangling fleshy object at the back of the mouth). If this happens, it can become
hard to swallow, speak, and maybe even breathe.
Keep in Mind
A peritonsillar abscess
should be seen by a doctor. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious health
problems. Treatment includes antibiotics (often given through an IV) and draining
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