Q. I have a sore throat for more than two weeks, even after taking antibiotics. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Bruce Hudkins
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 27, 2020 and last reviewed on: Apr 07, 2020
I have a sore throat for more than 2 weeks now and I am done taking antibiotics (dalacin c) for 7 days but it is not going away..

I feel that there's something stuck inside my throat / esophagus. I have a mild headache but no fever. Pain scale is ranging 4-6 out of ten.

I also gargle every 3 hours using difflam - C.

Gender : M
Age : 36
Ht : 5'11
Wt: 191 lbs

Dr. Bruce Hudkins

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)

If this got worse after antibiotics, it is likely thrush (a yeast infection of the throat often found after antibiotic and/or steroid treatment. See if you can get your physician to prescribe fluconazole 150mg daily X 10 days (not 3 days like prescribed for female yeast infections...this would not be long enough. If it got much better after the antibiotic and has stayed level, you might consider that whatever bacteria you had was partially resistant and another should be tried. A good one to consider (if you have not had this yet) is Clindamycin 450md three times a day X 10 days)..if you have had that already, consider Amoxicillin Clavulinic acid 875mg twice a day X 10 days. If none of these are the case, see an ENT to rule out an abscess behind the tonsil, know as a peritonsillar abscess., or some other cause

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