c. Treatment. Corticosteroids can relieve small polyps. If the polyps obstruct
the airway or promote sinusitis, refer the patient for surgical removal. Nasal polyps are
easily removed by a doctor using a nasal snare and cautery.
3-29. PERITONSILLAR ABSCESS
a. Description. Peritonsillar abscess is a common condition of the throat. Also
called quinsy, this throat problem occurs as a complication of acute tonsillitis. The
infection spreads to the potential peritonsillar space between the tonsillar capsule and
the constrictor pharyngis muscle. Mixed pyogenic organisms such as staph, strep, or
pneumococci may be the cause of infection.
b. Signs and Symptoms. Included are the following:
Sore throat or tonsillitis becoming more severe on one side.
Increase of dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).
Swelling of the soft palate and displaced uvula (away from the affected
c. Treatment. Refer the patient to a physician.
The diseases dealt with here may not be life-threatening, but they can be painful
thus preventing a soldier from doing his best. Much of your patient work load will be
simple sick call. The management of these soldiers has a great impact on the Army's
ability to complete the mission.