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I have severe throat pain. Please help.

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Published At May 6, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I feel as though I may have Streptococcus infection or tonsillitis. I have been fine healthwise. All of a sudden this morning I woke up with severe throat pain. I am Type A Streptococcus. When I had Streptococcus infection, my lymph nodes never hurt too much and they were never too swollen or hurt by touch. This time, it hurts to put any amount of pressure on my throat, even to move my neck. I cannot even swallow my own saliva unless I force it. I have no appetite either. Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com. The condition you have is URTI (upper respiratory tract infection) with odynophagia (pain on swallowing). It includes GAS (group A Streptococcus) causing tonsillitis and tonsillopharyngitis. It is an infectious disease and is usually a childhood disease. Recurrent streptococcal infections are usually of concern and lead to many suppurative and non-suppurative complications. You need to probe and ascertain the probable source of infection. It is a communicable illness and can spread through salivary droplets. I would hence recommend you refrain from intimate relationships and maintain good oral hygiene. Also, do a throat swab and culture test or RADT (rapid antigen detection test). After the tests, I suggest you take Z-pak (Azithromycin). If it is not responsive as in your previous history then you may have a tablet of Amoxicillin 500 mg thrice daily for 10 days. If you are allergic to Penicillin then tablet Clarithromycin 250 mg twice daily for 10 days. Tablet PCM 500 mg (Paracetamol) if any fever. The infection is spread by droplets of saliva, so maintain the best oral hygiene with mouthwash. Do salt water gargling repeatedly with lukewarm water? Have more water or liquids and a bland diet not to hurt your oral mucosa.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana
Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Internal Medicine

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