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In December 2015 (8th) I got terrible ear ache, sore throat

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In December 2015 (8th) I got terrible ear ache, sore throat and burning nose symptoms. I believed it was just a dose of flu, but when this continued beyond Christmas, I saw my GP on 29th December. By this time my throat was so red and infected, so the GP gave me Amoxicillin for 5 days. I did not have flu symptoms or chest infection. I completed the antibiotics, but the throat infection did not clear up completely, and steadily got worse.
I saw my GP again on Wednesday 13th January, but she just said it will clear up and would not give me any medication. I have tried so many gargles, sprays, immune building concoctions, cough syrups, yet my throat is steadily getting worse. Initially, my GP said I had Strep throat or Epiglottis infection. Yesterday (January 14th) my throat became so inflamed I found it difficult to swallow and also a bit difficult to breathe. Unfortunately, my GP surgery has no appointment vacancies for today, so I am left in a dilemma whether to go to our emergency walk-in. As I have had this infection for so long, I need to now get this over and done with. It has left me so exhausted and drained of energy and run down.
Please could you advise.
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amoxicillin for 5 days is a short course of antibiotics.
you might have an incompletely treated strep throat infection.
your doctor should have done a throat culture for you.
you might have needed 7-10 days of amoxicillin
I would go back to the emergency walk in and have a doctor look at your throat
and ask for a throat culture and blood test to check for elevated WBC white blood cell count to check for infection.
it is very rare, but some bacterial throat infections can be resistant to amoxicillin as well.
the only way to know is to get a throat bacterial culture to see what might be growing in the throat
you have to make sure you have no acid reflux which can also be irritating the throat as well
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