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Experience:  MBBS MS. Post doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine. General surgeon and sports medicine specialist
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My throat is hurting and my tonsils are swollen. I have used

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my throat is hurting and my tonsils are swollen.
JA: The Doctor can help. Just a couple quick questions before I transfer you. How long have you had the swelling? Have you used any medication for it?
Customer: I have used and finished the dosage needed with zithromax.
JA: Have you seen a doctor about the swelling?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 10 months ago.

What is your age?

Since when are your symptoms?

What are the investigations done?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Im 21. My symptoms are since Saturday 2 November
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I looked into my throat and saw that it is swollen and had stones on my tonsils
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
after taking the antibiotic zithromax the symptoms are still there
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 10 months ago.

You may get a throat swab for ascertaining the best antibiotic.

You may need the following antibiotics;

1) Penicillin G plus metronidazole

2) Clindamycin

3) Cefoxitin

You may seek a referral for an ENT specialist and following investigations, should be done;

1) Throat cultures have been the "gold standard" for diagnosing GAS (group A streptococcus) pharyngitis and another pathogen, such as N. gonorrhoeae.

2) Blood counts

3) EBV virus antibodies

4) Indirect laryngoscopy (ENT specialist sees the inside of the throat by a mirror).

5) Lateral (side neck)) cervical view of the plain radiograph, exposed for soft tissue detail.

Following measures may be helpful, meanwhile;

1) Warm saline/saltwater gargles

2) Lozenges

3) Rest to throat; less talking!

4) Warm fluids; increase the fluid otherwise also.

5) Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will take care of your pain and discomfort.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Where do I get the throat swab from? is it possible if I only take picture and send it here
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have taken penicillin before for this kind of problem
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Is it possible to get a prescription for penicillin through here and then purchase it from the pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 10 months ago.

Your GP can also prescribe Penicillin G.

You may post a picture but throat swab is essential for the evaluation.

This is illegal to prescribe without personal visit and investigations.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 10 months ago.

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