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Treatment for sore throat and swollen tonsils with white patches?

Apr 2013
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My 14 year old son went to er this am for sore throat ,swollen tonsils,and white patches. However tonight it is worse and also has black spots. What is this
Posted Sat, 2 Mar 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 1 hour later

This is not something unusual. This is obviously that your son has developed abscess around tonsil - called as peritonsillar abscess (Complication of acute tonsillitis) - this will require drainage and intravenous antibiotics for few days.
In most cases, it is caused by Streptococcal infections and antibiotics can cure it. Usually antibiotics need 2 weeks to work.
Once this is treated and the pain is relieved he will require removal of tonsils - about 6 to 8 weeks after remission.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be happy to help.
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