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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Throat problem diagnosed as Quince Infection



My son started with a severe sore throat yesterday and was unable to eat and only drink a little. Today the problem was worse so I took him to our GP. He wanted to put him on penicillin but he`s allergic to this so has prescribed Erythromycin. I`ve to return tomorrow morning with him, but in the meantime if the condition gets worse during the night I`ve to seek immediate medical attention. He diagnose a condition called Quince (which I`ve never heard of) and said it could cause his airways to close up. I cannot find any information about this on the internet, can you help?


A quinsy is an abscessed tonsil, that is, the infection spreads to form a pocket behind the tonsil.  If this is the case, it needs generally to be drained.  I suggest your son be evaluated by an ENT physician.

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Charles Monroe Myer III, MD Charles Monroe Myer III, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati