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Swollen tonsils, difficulty in swallowing, nasal congestion. Any medication except antibiotics?

I caught a nasty cold virus from my 4 kids, but I don t usually get sick and if I do I fight it off very quickly, but with this one I have been sick almost a week with very swolen glands an d tonsils sore to swallow , coughing up green phlem nasal congestion staring to sudside but pain in tonsils and cough still bad. I don t like to get antibiodics unless I really have to.
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Daisylee,
Thanks for writing your query.

After reading your post, it seems that you are having infection in the upper respiratory tract.
I would suggest that you should get the following investigations done :-
1. Throat swab culture.
2. Complete Blood Count(CBC).

You can take pain killer like Ibuprofen one tablet twice a day after meals along with an antacid like Omeprazole 20 mg for relief from pain and swelling.
Antiallergic like Fenofexadine 120 mg once a day will help in reducing the cough stimulus.
Antibiotic should be started after the culture/senstivity reports of the throat swab.
Gargling with antiseptic mouth gargle or with warm saline water will be helpful.

Also get your throat examined by an ENT specialist to rule out tonsillar stone.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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