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Suffering from sore throat and bleeding gums - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My gums are swollen and bleeding, and I have a (very small) sore on the underside of my tongue. My throat is very sore, and my lymph-nodes are also swollen and sore. I have gargled salt water and have very good dental hygiene habits, so I don't know what else to do! any ideas?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hello/
User :   okay.
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   19
Doctor :   and since when is this happening ?
User :   2 days ago
Doctor :   ok
User :   okay?
Doctor :   hold on please
Doctor :   sorry for the delay
User :   its okay
Doctor :   are you taking any medications ?>
User :   no, just tylonal cause it helps my throat to feel better
Doctor :   what you are experiencing are typical signs of an infection
User :   what kind of infection?
Doctor :   and just tylenol will not be suffiecient
Doctor :   its usually a bacterial infection
User :   how do i get rid of it/
Doctor :   you would have to take an antibiotic course for it
User :   it wont just go away on its own/ is there anything i can do that wont require a prescription/
User :   ?
Doctor :   you can go to any walk in clinic and they can prescribe you a antibiotic
Doctor :   i am afraid you do need the course
Doctor :   as it wont go by it self
User :   okay, is there anything i can do in the mean time?
Doctor :   moreover we dont want it to spread either
Doctor :   gargles will give some relief and advil or tylenol can help reduce the inflammation
User :   so just what i was already doing?
Doctor :   but once you take the course thats the PERMANENT cure
User :   okay
Doctor :   yeah you have been doing good in helping yourself
Doctor :   but the course is must
User :   great.
Doctor :   i wish you a speedy recovery
User :   thanks
Doctor :   take care
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