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Severe sore throat, swollen glands, shortness of breath, dry cough , head ache, conjunctivitis and tiredness. Treatment?

Hi, me and my friend returned from a holiday in XXX on the 6th of June. We shared a room together and on the 4th day I came down with a sore throat and a feeling of unusual tiredness. These symptoms got worse and today 18 June I am off sick from work. My friend came down with the same thing straight after returning from holiday. Full symptoms are: severe sore throat, swollen glands, shortness of breath, dry cough , head ache, conjunctivitis and tiredness. I have been to see a nurse at the doctors surgery and explained this is a virus and can last upto 6 weeks. Both myself and my friend have been taking all the recommended medicines, such as dissoluble paracetamol , mouth washes etc and still no signs of getting better. I have asked my doctor for a blood test to determine whether we have caught something from the air conditioning unit in our hotel room which was not working properly but he is reluctant and believes its a virus that will go in time. Please could you give your professional opinion on what these symptoms could be telling us? Many thanks
Asked On : Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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Hi Colette,

Both your friend and you may have acquired an infection from a common source.

Both of you need the following tests to be done.

1. Chest X-ray is most important for both of you.

2. Complete blood count with ESR.

3. Throat swab, culture, and sensitivity.

A course of antibiotic depending on the report will help both of you.

Wish you both early recovery.

Answered: Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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