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- Strep pharyngitis or tonsilitis
- Pharyngitis or tonsilitis caused by other bacteria
- Recent throat infection or dental infection
- Periodontal disease
- Pain in the throat around the tonsil area
- Tonsil that is moved to one side
- Drooling and trouble swallowing
- Bad breath
- Spasm of the jaw muscle
- Discomfort in the uvula and soft palate—the tissue at the roof of the mouth
- Sore and swollen neck glands
Incision and Drainage Procedure
- If you have a throat infection, see your doctor. This is especially important if you have severe or chronic throat infections.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
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Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -
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