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Pain while swallowing. Reddish tonsils and yellowish spots in the throat. What is wrong?

My strep culture was negative but I feel like I am swallowing glass every night for the last 5days and the back of my throat , tonsils and uvula are red and veiny with a yellow tint and patchyspots that are yelllow or white... I feel disgusting and I also had a coold sore on my lip at the same time... what is this? The walk in told me you are definately sick because your glands are swollen, I just don t know with what.
Asked On : Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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In the absence of the streptococcus, it could be an acute viral infection. You need to act fast and start taking appropriate medicines.

Simple home remedies can alleviate your problems. Drink plenty of warm water, avoid excessive hot or chilled beverages, coffee and oily food. Do gargles with povidone iodine solution 3-4 times every day after food. An anti-inflammatory medicine such as diclofenac or ibuprofen will help in reducing the pain and an antibiotic (such as a combination of amoxycillin and clavulanic acid or cefuroxime) will take care of the secondary bacterial infection if any. If the pain hinders swallowing a short course of oral steroids will help in reducing the pain.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
Answered: Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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