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Quinsy in throat

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 26, 2009
  • 09:19 PM

I had a sore throat about 8 weeks ago and roughy a week in I noticed a lump on one side of my throat. About ten days on I found it increasingly difficult to open my mouth, swallow or speak. I went to the doctor who put me on penicillin. The problem went away, but only to re-surface. I then went back to the doctor who gave me a course of co-amoxicillin for ten days and told me that its just severe sore throat or could be tonsil stones. I again completed this course of anti biotics and my problem again seemed to clear up for roughly a week, but only to return with a vengance. This time I had a lump on my throat which was quite large, i could barely speak or swallow and was referred to A&E, they diagnosed me with a quinsy and referred me to a ENT specialist, who again put me on another course of amoxicillin for ten days. The ENT doctor said he couldnt pop the abessess as it was too small, but yet again he couldnt see into my throat as my throat was too swollen and gave me another course of amoxicillin. I completed this fourth course of antibiotics a week ago, but now I can feel this quinsy returning. What can I do to make it go away for good, as I feel im on a never ending cycle of anti biotics, whereby all they do is suppress this quinsy but dont actually get rid of it. Is it normal to get a quinsy four times in 8 weeks?? Im also worried I'm taking too many antibiotics over a short period of time and my body could potentially get immune to them. Is there some sort of secret terminology that I need to tell my doctor in order to get it removed???

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  • I am 55 but i remember my mum telling me before antibiotics a quinsy was very serious indeed.I wonder if there is some other remedy besides antibiotics as they stoop working so well after a time.i seem to remember painting the throat with something years ago.the ent doctor should get to the bottom of it surely.let me know how you go on.
    maz666 19 Replies
    • October 31, 2009
    • 06:52 PM
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  • I had a sore throat about 8 weeks ago and roughy a week in I noticed a lump on one side of my throat. About ten days on I found it increasingly difficult to open my mouth, swallow or speak. I went to the doctor who put me on penicillin. The problem went away, but only to re-surface. I then went back to the doctor who gave me a course of co-amoxicillin for ten days and told me that its just severe sore throat or could be tonsil stones. I again completed this course of anti biotics and my problem again seemed to clear up for roughly a week, but only to return with a vengance. This time I had a lump on my throat which was quite large, i could barely speak or swallow and was referred to A&E, they diagnosed me with a quinsy and referred me to a ENT specialist, who again put me on another course of amoxicillin for ten days. The ENT doctor said he couldnt pop the abessess as it was too small, but yet again he couldnt see into my throat as my throat was too swollen and gave me another course of amoxicillin. I completed this fourth course of antibiotics a week ago, but now I can feel this quinsy returning. What can I do to make it go away for good, as I feel im on a never ending cycle of anti biotics, whereby all they do is suppress this quinsy but dont actually get rid of it. Is it normal to get a quinsy four times in 8 weeks?? Im also worried I'm taking too many antibiotics over a short period of time and my body could potentially get immune to them. Is there some sort of secret terminology that I need to tell my doctor in order to get it removed???I too have had similar problem. going into the 10th week now. Mine started off with pain when swallowing on the left side which got really bad within a few days (before that I did have a cough and was clearing my throat alot) It was agony trying to swallow talk or open mouth and palate was all swollen with flu like symptoms as well. Went to doctors who diagnosed quinsy and sent me to hospital straight away. Was put on drip and given antibiotics then they tried needle aspiration but no pus came out only blood. was still no better. They ended up given me a steroid injection. Not long after that I was sick then I felt better. So after 3 days in hospital I got out on a Tuesday. Wasn't given any follow up antibiotics and by the Friday I felt it coming back. From then it's been the same pattern. Take the antibiotics, start to feel better, finish antibiotics then within 5 days it comes back. I am now on my 6th course of antibiotics.I am allergic to penicillin. The antibiotics I had were - first through drip in hospital (I don't know what they were) then erythromycin, for 5 days , more erythromycin again for 5 days which didn't work so were doubled up with metronidazole for 7 days followed by clarithromycin for 7 days and again currently clarithromycin for 7 days The fourth time I went to doctors he said I would have to get my tonsils out and referred a letter to the hospital haven't heard anything yet.I too hate having to take antibiotics all the time. I feel they should be investigating it further instead of being continiously sent away with antibiotics. Like given an x ray, scan or somrething as there could be different causes.The last doctor I seen on Friday said that a swab should really be taken but he didn't have enough time to do it that day and I should go back next week if it hasn't settled down and I would be referred to hospital as a matter of urgency.I'm not so sure myself that getting my tonsils out will solve it as when I look at the sight of the problem it is just above the tonsil. This is where the pain starts then if untreated spreads to the tonsils.I just wish it could be cured too I am so sick of it It really gets you down.At the moment I dont feel it getting any better so I will probably go back to doctors next week and try and get this fixed once and for all.So will just have to wait and see what happens. here's hoping..................Hope you can get cured too it's not anice thing to go through all the time
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 10:59 AM
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  • I had a sore throat about 8 weeks ago and roughy a week in I noticed a lump on one side of my throat. About ten days on I found it increasingly difficult to open my mouth, swallow or speak. I went to the doctor who put me on penicillin. The problem went away, but only to re-surface. I then went back to the doctor who gave me a course of co-amoxicillin for ten days and told me that its just severe sore throat or could be tonsil stones. I again completed this course of anti biotics and my problem again seemed to clear up for roughly a week, but only to return with a vengance. This time I had a lump on my throat which was quite large, i could barely speak or swallow and was referred to A&E, they diagnosed me with a quinsy and referred me to a ENT specialist, who again put me on another course of amoxicillin for ten days. The ENT doctor said he couldnt pop the abessess as it was too small, but yet again he couldnt see into my throat as my throat was too swollen and gave me another course of amoxicillin. I completed this fourth course of antibiotics a week ago, but now I can feel this quinsy returning. What can I do to make it go away for good, as I feel im on a never ending cycle of anti biotics, whereby all they do is suppress this quinsy but dont actually get rid of it. Is it normal to get a quinsy four times in 8 weeks?? Im also worried I'm taking too many antibiotics over a short period of time and my body could potentially get immune to them. Is there some sort of secret terminology that I need to tell my doctor in order to get it removed???i keep getting tis every year round april time is annoying xx
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
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  • I had quinsy when I was 14. I was chronically getting tonsilitis and it finally turned into quinsy which resulted in me not being about to speak, swallow, sleep or eat without immense pain. I ended up having it three times. I went to my doctor who sent me to an ENT. During just a conversation he diagnosed me with quincy and immediately in the office was able to drain it. Not a fun promise but this gave me immediate relief. Based on my history it was decided to remove my tonsils. This stopped all issues revolving around having even a sore throat. I am not suggesting everyone have thier tonsils removed but it was the only thing that finally stopped my issues.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2009
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  • I am now 55 but I had Quinsy when I was 17 and was very sick for over a month---the final effective antibiotic I used was something called TETREX which is tetracycline and nystatin combined. Mention this to your Doctor; it worked for me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 7, 2010
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  • I had quinsy when I was 14. I was chronically getting tonsilitis and it finally turned into quinsy which resulted in me not being about to speak, swallow, sleep or eat without immense pain. I ended up having it three times. I went to my doctor who sent me to an ENT. During just a conversation he diagnosed me with quincy and immediately in the office was able to drain it. Not a fun promise but this gave me immediate relief. Based on my history it was decided to remove my tonsils. This stopped all issues revolving around having even a sore throat. I am not suggesting everyone have thier tonsils removed but it was the only thing that finally stopped my issues.I totally agree, I am 15 and have just recovered from quinsy. I am currently on some oral antibiotics but I had mine drained a couple of days ago and it's really amazing how quickly I have healed. I would definately recommend getting it drained because the pain of the needles is worth how quickly you recover. However if as you say it is too small to drain or it keeps occuring then the only other option I can think of is having your tonsils removed. I know that if I get quinsy again I will just get my tonsils removed because I keep on having problems with Tonsilitis. But maybe next time you get quinsy talk to the doctor about it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2010
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  • I agree with last comment. Do not underestimate this condition, if left untreated it can become very serious. I had no history of tonsilitus, then developed quinsy at 21, with no idea of what it was. I ended up having my abcess drained in ENT ward and on a drip to combat lost fluids, then on oral antibiotics... Not nice at all.Danger signs are loss of voice after sounding really strange (a certain way of talking which my landlady recognized), not being able to swallow even your own saliva, fever and really bad breath. Mine has never come back but they said some folks just get one really bad attack. I count myself lucky I was brought home to a good hospital-don't let them fob you off with antibiotics you can't swallow. Hard I know when your voice is going.
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  • In all cases it is true the tonsils are usually more or less involved in the inflammation; but in many instances they do not occasion any particular symptoms. In the inflammation of the throat known as quinsy, the tonsils become extremely swollen, so that they may indeed meet in the middle of the throat and seriously obstruct the passage of food or of air down the throat. There is usually a cer*tain amount of general disturbance.
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  • I had a sore throat about 8 weeks ago and roughy a week in I noticed a lump on one side of my throat. About ten days on I found it increasingly difficult to open my mouth, swallow or speak. I went to the doctor who put me on penicillin. The problem went away, but only to re-surface. I then went back to the doctor who gave me a course of co-amoxicillin for ten days and told me that its just severe sore throat or could be tonsil stones. I again completed this course of anti biotics and my problem again seemed to clear up for roughly a week, but only to return with a vengance. This time I had a lump on my throat which was quite large, i could barely speak or swallow and was referred to A&E, they diagnosed me with a quinsy and referred me to a ENT specialist, who again put me on another course of amoxicillin for ten days. The ENT doctor said he couldnt pop the abessess as it was too small, but yet again he couldnt see into my throat as my throat was too swollen and gave me another course of amoxicillin. I completed this fourth course of antibiotics a week ago, but now I can feel this quinsy returning. What can I do to make it go away for good, as I feel im on a never ending cycle of anti biotics, whereby all they do is suppress this quinsy but dont actually get rid of it. Is it normal to get a quinsy four times in 8 weeks?? Im also worried I'm taking too many antibiotics over a short period of time and my body could potentially get immune to them. Is there some sort of secret terminology that I need to tell my doctor in order to get it removed???Hi, Although im only 16 i have had a quincy before.I went to the doctors about 8 times before someone actualy noticed that it wasnt just a sore throat and that it was a quincy. I was told to go straigh to a&e as it was really serious. I turned up and was given the option of having the quincy's fluid drained with a needle or having it slit open so that the fluid could drain down my throat.I chose the needle.. it hurt like actual f**k!After that i was kept in hospital for two weeks on a drip.after that it was completely gone, although i rekon now, two years on.. that i have another one. and have read that a by having your tonsils removed, even though its not what i want it looks like thats the road ill be going down :(!
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  • Hello,Quinsy is a peritonsilla abcess that occurs when the weber glands are infected from bacteria, quinsy is actually a rare condition and in some cases can become dangerous if untreated. There is no known cause of quinsy but it is thought that it occurs after an accute untreated case of tonsilitas. i myself have had quinsy twice in one year, beacuse i am aware that general practice doctors ar pretty much useless i did not bother with oral anti biotics. i have also never suffered from any throat infections or had tonsillitas, also quinsy can occur after having tonsills removed so i'm afraid this procedure will not bring a solution to occuring bouts of this nasty condition. the first time i had it i was 19 and it started with a harmless sore throat that was treatable with simple throat sprays, however as the infection was untreated at an early stage it develops into quinsy or an abcess (a lump on one side of the throat) at this point i was in great pain and had not eaten or slept in 3 days so i was taken to a&e and had it drained within hours. it is an unpleasent experience but having it drained is the best way to releive the pain. if you have any symptms of quinsy you musn't hesitate to seek medical advice, if you are dissmissed by your doctor and sent away with oral medication that you can't even swallow you should just go straight to a&e as quinsy can only get worse if the abcess is not removed properly.i currently have a second bout of quinsy as quinsy actually takes a YEAR to completely clear, even after being successfully treated. 10-15% of quinsy sufferes will have it re-occur within a year and you'll have to go through it all over again! there is NO solid cure for quinsy but it is a serious condition if you even suspect you have quinsy seek out an ENT specialist immediatley!!!! GP's are useless!!!!!
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  • I developed quinsy 35 years ago at age 17 after a sinus infection which was treated with amoxicillin - the doctor at the time said the quinsy was related to my being allergic to amoxicillin - my throat was covered in a white pus-type substance and I could not swallow, eat or breathe - they put me in the hospital on an IV antibiotic drip and after the pus was drained from whatever was in my throat they did a tonsilectomy and I have never had another recurrence of quincy.But I must be an infection magnet because 6 years ago I went in for a simple epidural (that was what they said) and ended up with a MRSE staph infection in my spine that almost killed me and left me with numbness in both feet and hyperhidrosis of the head. I spent 2 weeks in a coma in the hospital, two back surgeries in 1 week, 6 weeks in a nursing home trying to learn how to walk again and then 4 more weeks in rehab. And the witch doctor responsible for all of this walks away scot-free to injure other patients.
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  • I had a sore throat about 8 weeks ago and roughy a week in I noticed a lump on one side of my throat. About ten days on I found it increasingly difficult to open my mouth, swallow or speak. I went to the doctor who put me on penicillin. The problem went away, but only to re-surface. I then went back to the doctor who gave me a course of co-amoxicillin for ten days and told me that its just severe sore throat or could be tonsil stones. I again completed this course of anti biotics and my problem again seemed to clear up for roughly a week, but only to return with a vengance. This time I had a lump on my throat which was quite large, i could barely speak or swallow and was referred to A&E, they diagnosed me with a quinsy and referred me to a ENT specialist, who again put me on another course of amoxicillin for ten days. The ENT doctor said he couldnt pop the abessess as it was too small, but yet again he couldnt see into my throat as my throat was too swollen and gave me another course of amoxicillin. I completed this fourth course of antibiotics a week ago, but now I can feel this quinsy returning. What can I do to make it go away for good, as I feel im on a never ending cycle of anti biotics, whereby all they do is suppress this quinsy but dont actually get rid of it. Is it normal to get a quinsy four times in 8 weeks?? Im also worried I'm taking too many antibiotics over a short period of time and my body could potentially get immune to them. Is there some sort of secret terminology that I need to tell my doctor in order to get it removed???I have a history of quinsy in my family. My great grandfather, uncle, and aunt. My son was three when I noticed he had it. You couldn't put a piece of spig. through his throut. the doc. told me she never here'd of quinsy and sent me home with nothing!!! I didn't leave the doctors office without a refurral. I got him in to a ent. they gave me antibiotics but he could npot diagnose quinsy at that time. but we took his tosils out. after they were removed the doc. asked how I new it was quincy. He is now 10 and has been very healthy ever since. I strongly recommened getting your tonsuels out you'll feel alot better. My daughter has now been sick for a year. and I 'm trying to get someone to lisson to me. and get them out. good luck.
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  • I had a sore throat about 8 weeks ago and roughy a week in I noticed a lump on one side of my throat. About ten days on I found it increasingly difficult to open my mouth, swallow or speak. I went to the doctor who put me on penicillin. The problem went away, but only to re-surface. I then went back to the doctor who gave me a course of co-amoxicillin for ten days and told me that its just severe sore throat or could be tonsil stones. I again completed this course of anti biotics and my problem again seemed to clear up for roughly a week, but only to return with a vengance. This time I had a lump on my throat which was quite large, i could barely speak or swallow and was referred to A&E, they diagnosed me with a quinsy and referred me to a ENT specialist, who again put me on another course of amoxicillin for ten days. The ENT doctor said he couldnt pop the abessess as it was too small, but yet again he couldnt see into my throat as my throat was too swollen and gave me another course of amoxicillin. I completed this fourth course of antibiotics a week ago, but now I can feel this quinsy returning. What can I do to make it go away for good, as I feel im on a never ending cycle of anti biotics, whereby all they do is suppress this quinsy but dont actually get rid of it. Is it normal to get a quinsy four times in 8 weeks?? Im also worried I'm taking too many antibiotics over a short period of time and my body could potentially get immune to them. Is there some sort of secret terminology that I need to tell my doctor in order to get it removed???because tonsillectomy is the only remedy to quinsy.An ENT surgeon must perform a surgery to take them out.so consult themas soon as possible.usually they perform it after 4-6 weeks of therapy.
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