The lump IS my throat...
July 31, 2006 5:46 PM Subscribe
Doctor at the clinic said I don't have strep throat, but I'm not convinced. What else could this be? Should I take antibiotics? Other ways to fight strep?
posted by poweredbybeard to health & fitness (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
He said I don't have the lesions (or whatever) on the throat or tonsils that go with strep. The reason I'm not convinced is I used to get strep all the time as a kid and this feels pretty familiar, and I'm pretty susceptible to bacterial infections.
Is it possible for absence of the lesions (or whatever) on the throat and tonsils to give a false negative, especially if you've got the other symptoms (swollen neck, fever, headache, earache, excruciating pain swallowing)? In retrospect I should've insisted on a swab.
He prescribed me antibiotics anyway (very strange, I know) - should I take them?
What else could this be if not strep?
Other things to do short of antibiotics?
Thanks for reading...