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Peritonsillar Abscess (cont.)

Prevention

There is no reliable method for preventing a peritonsillar abscess other than reducing risks: Do not smoke, maintain good dental hygiene, and promptly treat oral infections.

  • If you develop peritonsillar cellulitis, you may possibly prevent a peritonsillar abscess by taking an antibiotic. However, you should be closely monitored for abscess formation and may even be hospitalized.
  • If you are likely to form an abscess (for example, if you have tonsillitis frequently), talk with your doctor about whether you should have your tonsils removed.
  • As with any prescription, you must finish the full course of the antibiotic even if you feel better after a few days.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2014
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