Peritonsillar Abscess | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • If I get tonsillitis, will I get a peritonsillar abscess?
  • When should I call my doctor?
  • I think I have a peritonsillar abscess. What can I do to make myself more comfortable until I go to the doctor?
  • If I have a peritonsillar abscess, am I contagious?
  • Will I have to have a tonsillectomy after the abscess is drained?
  • What antibiotic will I take after the abscess is drained?
  • How long will it be until I feel better?


Peritonsillar Abscess by Nicholas J. Galioto, MD (American Family Physician January 15, 2008,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/09