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Sore throat. Tonsil, lymphnode swollen. Pus comes out of tonsil when pressed. What could it be?

I have had a sore throat for over a month, left tonsil and lymph node swollen. I just finished my second round of antibiotics and it worked for a bit but now is getting worse. I also notice that when I push on my tonsil wet pus comes out. I know this is not a tonsil stone . What could it be? Could it be an oral STD? Cancer? Absece?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

In severe infections of the tonsils and also infections where you have not aggressively treated the infections, some amount of pus can come out of the tonsil. Like you rightly mentioned it is called an abscess and in technical terms its called quincy if it is acute.

In any case you need to consult an ENT to get to a proper diagnosis. You may further require a throat swab for culture and sensitivity to get a better and more directed treatment.

If your pain is more you can consider taking injectables for better symptom control in consultation with your ENT

However if the symptoms are recurring and since you are getting recurrent such lesions it is advisable that you consult an ENT who may advice treatment which can be in the lines of medication or even removal of tonsil which can cure the problem

get well soon

take only warm fluids and do salt water gargle

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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