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Throat pain after starting birth control pills - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi i just started a birth control pill about 4 days ago and now my throat hurts extremely bad, the pain is constant on the left side and it hurts very bad to talk or swallow, is there any way this is related to my new medication?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
Doctor :   Let me read the query
User :   nice to meet you
User :   okay
Doctor :   Do you mean the BCP is started only this month or this pack?
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   yes i started it on sunday and i have been taking it everyday since so its been about 4 days
User :   im 18
Doctor :   Did you ever take BCP's earlier?
User :   no this is my first time
Doctor :   BCP's causing a throat pain is very uncommon
Doctor :   It is because of dehydration
Doctor :   i suggest you to sip on warm fluids
Doctor :   and extra fluids per day
User :   so its not like strep or my tonsils? my glands arent swollen either and i have no other symptoms
Doctor :   Observe for two days, if you develop new symptoms like fever, cold, cough etc
Doctor :   Otherwise just follow up with warm home food, extra fluids
User :   okay, im just concerned because of how severe the pain is when i swallow it feels like i have a baseball stuck in my throat
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Suck on popsicles
Doctor :   Suck on popsicles
Doctor :   Are you with me?
Doctor :   Do you have more questions
User :   no i guess not, sucking on a popsicle just seems verrrrrry painful. should i try gargling with salt water?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Gargling warm water with salt in it better
User :   if i see my doctor tomorrow should i tell him about how i started the birth control pills, i'll be with my mother and she doesnt know about the pills so i'd rather avoid it if it the cause of my sore throat is not related
Doctor :   Did you not take the prescription of the BCP from the doctor
User :   i went through a planned parenthood doctor so she saw me and i guess evaluated me before, but i did not get it through my regular doctor no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   No problem
Doctor :   You may not mention it
Doctor :   or take a private consultation without your mother
Doctor :   If it permits, take private consultation.
Doctor :   Otherwise no need to mention it
User :   okay
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