L.E. asks from Red Rock, AZ on June 11, 2009
Anyone Else Heard of an Abcessed Tonsil....
I took my 3 year old son to the doctor today after several days of running a fever and complaining that his mouth hurt. When he would let us look inside we were unable to see anything. The Dr. said his right tonsil is swollen along with the area all around it including part of the roof of his mouth. It is abcessed. This is a really bad infection that usually starts out as strep. We were at the lake this weekend and my son sucks his thumb so probably picked up some bacteria then. The rapid strep test was negative but she is sending the culture to the lab. He was given two shots of an antibiotic and we have to go back tomorrow to recheck. He will either get another injection or we can start oral antibiotics. Then she said we will need to see a Ear, nose, and throat specialist and he will most likely need his tonsils removed. i was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and is the removal of the tonsils necessary?
So What Happened?™
Went back to the doctor on Friday and the swelling had gone down from 3 1/2cm to 2 1/2cm. She put him on oral medication and we go back in a week to check progress. Also made an appointment at the ENT. My son is feeling much better, in fact that night after he got the shots he had seconds on his dinner! Thank you to everyone for your responses. I am going to do some research and see what the ENT says.
J.W. answers from Phoenix on June 12, 2009
I had this happen to ME but I was a young adult (20) and had to have emergency surgery. The drs. say it is much harder on an adult for this type of surgery, so if this were my child and me having been through it, too, I would have the surgery if it comes down to it. Otherwise, like me your child might keep getting strep over and over and then end up needing surgery in the future OR an emergency surgery. I know it is not fun, but kids bounce fast. Good luck, and hope your lil one gets better soon!
P.B. answers from Phoenix on June 12, 2009
My son had the same thing. It's called Peritonsillar Abscess. Google it so you can check the symptoms to your son's. It is really bad and extremely uncomfortable. My son was around 16 years old when he got it. He was prone to Strep but and all tests came back neg. of strep. He got a steroid shot and antibiotics and was good again in a few days. He never had his tonsils out.
C.P. answers from Phoenix on June 12, 2009
I haven't had experience with an abcessed tonsil, but if you need an ENT, I know of one in the West Valley, Dr. Gerald Altman, ###-###-####. The address is 9305 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ. He may be in another office other days of the week, but he's there on Thursdays. He's not a pediatric otolaryngolist, but he was great with my son (3-4 years when he saw him and that was recently). I saw him too and liked him, that's why I sent my son to him. He is great with kids, I thought.
Good luck. My son had to have tubes put in last year and then on our last visit this last April he had to pull them out and he was really good with him. I found him to be straightforward, and I liked that.
M.I. answers from Albuquerque on June 11, 2009
Awww, poor guy. Well, I had an absessed tonsil when I was a girl. It was sooo long ago so I don't remember much but I didn't get my tonsils out and I don't think they can take them out while they're absessed. As far as I know they usually don't remove tonsils unless there's a recurring problem. Hope he gets better and all goes well!
S.L. answers from Tucson on June 12, 2009
Don't get started trying to treat him with antibiotics. They will only make the infection resistant and his immune system weaker. My youngest of three sons had really bad tonsilitis from the time he was two until nearly five - and ended up needing a tonsil and adnoid-ectomy so he could breathe again. He was stopping breathing while he slept and it scared me nearly to death. The "doctor" kept prescribing stronger and stronger antibiotics until finally I insisted on seeing an ENT specialist - who looked at my son for five seconds and knew he needed the surgery. He's never had a problem since. We only us herbal remedies now. NO PHARMACEUTICALS!!! The best anti-viral, anti-bacterial HERB is called Una de Gato. I am a certified herbal consultant so if you want more info on it feel free to contact me or visit my website: www.shootingstarherbs.amazonherb.net.
P.S. answers from Phoenix on June 11, 2009
When my daughter was 4 her tonsil abscessed twice. She ended up having Mono and had to have her tonsils removed. If you need and ENT I recommend John Raines,###-###-####)
he works at PCH. He took my youngest tonsils out last August and he is wonderful.
I hope your son is feeling better soon.
B.B. answers from Tucson on June 12, 2009
When I read your request my little brother, who happens to be a pediatrition happened to be at my house, so I presented the question to him. He said that in most cases with an absess like that they will drain it and then, after it heals, remove it. He said that you could choose not to have it removed, but your son would be prone to another absess and if there was another absess, to DEFINATELY get the tonsils taken out. I know that it's kind of scary, but if the tonsils aren't removed he will, more than likely, end up with mroe infections. I hope that your little guy heals quickly, whatever you choose to do. Good luck.
D.H. answers from Phoenix on June 12, 2009
YES! I have had a few kids with problems with their tonsils, and if it is infected enough to be abcessed, it has lost it's usefulness. An abcess just pours infection into his throat and can cause years and years of sickness that is unnecessary. The doctors didn't believe me and my son and he spent years documenting sicknesses that originated in his throat before they would allow us to take it out. Some of my kids still have their tonsils, and that is good, because it is obviously doing its job, which is to take on the first bit of infection away from the person. But when it becomes the infection, as in an abcess, and becomes the source of sickness, it no longers functions correctly and needs to be removed. Good luck!