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Penicillin reaction and strep throat - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello. I've had strep throat since this tuesday and have been taking 500 mg of penicillin VK since 6:30pm tuesday night, 3 times per day. I was also directed to also take about 600 mg of advil about ever 3 to 4 hours for throat pain because my tonsils are really inflamed. For those two days, my temperature was normal. Today, a couple hours after taking the penicilin this morning, I began to feel chills and now I have a fever of 38.0 C. Because I could swallow reasonably, I decided to not take the advil this morning. Could it be that the advil helped keep my temperature down or is this a side effect of the penicillin?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr
User :   hello
Doctor :   let me read your query please give me a sec
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   20 male
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well penicillin reaction is you had that would be not as mild what you have told me
Doctor :   are you taking another medications besides the one you mentioned
User :   well i just took some tylenol extra strength (500mg per pill) for the fever just now
Doctor :   ok
User :   but those are all the medications
Doctor :   well you are taking the right medications
Doctor :   now tell me your [resent symptoms in detail ?
Doctor :   present**
User :   swollen tonsils with white goop on them. Fever. Before i also had chills. and sore throat still
User :   thats all
User :   no fatigue or weekness
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   well you need to take the complete antibiotic course and not miss any medication
Doctor :   now you can take tylenol to curb the fever
Doctor :   it will take time
User :   this is not a reaction to the penicillin VK? I don't have to call my doctor about this?
Doctor :   no not at all
Doctor :   if it was a reaction ... you would not have been in a position to be talking to me right now
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   do take advil for the pain
User :   also I have been confined to a very very warm room and under two blankets today, because of the chills
User :   when i had the chills my temp was normal
User :   could it be just my body overheating to that?
Doctor :   what is most important right now is that you take tylenol to reduce your fever
User :   just go to a cooler room and drink some cool water or take a cool shower or something like that?
User :   yes I already did
Doctor :   and you complete your antibiotic course
Doctor :   keep your self well hydrated
Doctor :   thats important
User :   yes. I am doing that. Would cooling down my body externally help out with the fever? could it be that my body just overheated by being exposed to such warm temperature?
Doctor :   you can cool your body with some ice packs
Doctor :   that will help you
User :   ok thank you.
User :   how much do i have left?
User :   with this chat?
Doctor :   ask me what are your other doubts
Doctor :   you have time
User :   nothing really. just wanted to get my money's worth. maybe just talk to you since I already paid ahead. I do pull out my facial hair a lot and I know that is trichotillomania
User :   but i doubt you have any suggestions concerning that
Doctor :   ok
User :   do you?
Doctor :   well all i can say to that is dont pull
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