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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   for the past 48 hours I have been experiencing severe throat pain, my glands are swollen. However there does not seem to be any white puss on my throat nor do i have any other symptoms besides my throat constantly in pain and making it very difficult for me to swallow anything. this same week i started birth control pills, i know the two aren't related but is there anyway my throat is swelling up due to a bad reaction to the pills? this is my first time being on the pills so i didn't know how my body would react. Also I was tested for strep and it came back negative but they put me on a "z pack" antibiotics anyways, my throat has yet to improve. what should I do?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read it
User :   okay
User :   are you there?
Doctor :   May I know your age & occupation?
User :   im 18 i work in retail its just a part time job
Doctor :   You must complete the full course
Doctor :   of antibiotics
User :   okay. im just concerned that this is a bad reaction for the birth control pills. is that even possible?
Doctor :   You can continue the birth control pills
User :   you don't think that the two are related?
Doctor :   Do you have rashes on your body?
User :   no
Doctor :   Any other symptoms?
User :   no just my throat
Doctor :   Then all you have to do is complete the course of antibiotics
User :   is there anything i can do about the pain of my throat for the time being? nothing is working and i can barely drink water
Doctor :   salt water gargle
Doctor :   lozenges
Doctor :   rest
User :   those didnt help at all
Doctor :   lime juice with salt
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