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Vertigo, ear infection, trouble swallowing, white patch on tonsil. Strep?

Hi, started two weeks ago with vertigo and I thought I a left ear infection . And then my nose started draining a little and then sinus headaches. 7 days ago I went to local urgent care because I thought I had strep . I had a white patch on my left tonsil .. Test was negative.. Next day I could barely swallow so I call my Dr and she saw me right away. She put me on Amox-Clav 875MG one tablet twice daily for ten days. I ve been on it for six days. It was getting better after 24 hours an this morning it has come back and is now on bothe sides of my tonsils. I feel it down my throat. Dr said if it isn t any better by today she is sending me to an ENT. Do you think they will take my tonsils out? I don t understand why this will not go away. I am 46 years old. Do you think spicy food would make it worse?
Asked On : Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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If antibiotic (amox-clav) did not resulted improvement, if I were your caring doctor would suggest:

- do culture of throat swab and sensitivity (bacteria and fungal infection)

It could be of great help if you could send the photo of your throat, so I can give an exact answer.

However, to my judgement, you are suffering of infection of throat caused by candida (that's why I suggested culture for candida of throat swab).

Meanwhile, until the results are in and you consult ENT specialist, I'd advise to:
- do washing of throat with water and salt and little soda bicarbonate (you will see improvement for sure)
- take 1 tablespoon of olive oil after 15 min you had washing with water and salt and soda
- take 1 teaspoon of honey with little squeezed lemon after 15 min of taking olive oil.
- drink more water
- avoid spicy, chilly, too hot too cold foods

Looking forward to have the photos of your throat in.
Answered: Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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