Peritonsillar Abscess | Treatment


How is it treated?

Your doctor will need to remove the pus from the abscess. Your doctor will numb the skin around the abscess. He or she will either take the pus out with a needle or make a small cut in the abscess so the pus can drain out. Surgery to remove your tonsils (called a tonsillectomy) is also an option. You will probably only need surgery if you have had many tonsil infections or abscesses before.

Your pain and symptoms should get better after the pus is drained. Your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics to make sure the infection goes away completely. He or she may also give you medicine to help relieve the pain.


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

Written by editorial staff

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