How much longer do I have to swallow knives before I can go back to the doctor?
June 3, 2010 6:27 PM Subscribe
Dear Chronic Strep Throat sufferers, how long should I wait for a strep throat infection to start clearing up before going to the doctor again?
posted by Felicity Rilke to Health & Fitness (19 answers total)
This is the third time in a 12 month period that I have had strep throat. This is by far the worst. Tuesday morning, I woke up with a sore throat, did the salt water gargle/oil of oregano bit, by early evening I had a fever. Started cycling between tylenol and advil to control the fever, it helped a bit but the fever never went below 38.7.
Wednesday morning I went to the walk-in clinic, got a 7-day prescription for penicillin (taking two 300 MG pills three times a day). I just took the 6th dose. I know it might be a little early to expect results, but I seem to be getting worse. The fever was lower this morning, but it's gone up again towards the end of the day. The lymph nodes on the right side of my neck/underside of my chin are visibly swollen and very sore. I've just discovered a tender, swollen lymph node on the back of my head (same side). That was not there before today.
My throat is more sore on one side than the other (the right, obviously) and is completely covered in white pus. The left side is also significantly covered, but not to the same extent. My tonsils are so swollen that they touch and basically close off my throat. Neither antibiotics or home remedies have changed their appearance.
I can't stay awake for longer than an hour at a time. I can't eat anything, not even soup, it hurts too much. I am just able to swallow my pills and drink water in small sips.
Chronic strep sufferers, how long should I wait before going back to the doctor? I am also a chronic strep sufferer, but it's never been this bad before. I don't want to go back too soon, but I also don't want to ignore this if it is really bad and needs some other kind of treatment.
(sorry this is so long, I'm delirious.)