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What does a few gram positive cocci in chains and occasional gram negative bacilli seen in a throat swab test indicate?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018
Question: Hi I am suffering from tonsils past 15 days. i have done my throat swab test which says, Result : Few epithelial cells, moderate number of pus cells, few Gram positive cocci in chains and occasional Gram negative bacilli seen.
Organism Identified: Normal commensals
Please let me know is it serious problem. Can it be reduced by medication. i am taking antibiotics for past 13 days but tonsills are still swolen. Please advice.
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Answered by Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Chronic tonsillitis

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

The culture report is absolutely normal.
It says the organisms are normal commensals.
There is nothing to be worried as far as the report is concerned.
Please tell me what medicines have you been taking so far?
It would be better if you can send me the picture of your throat so that I can suggest you better and prescribe you accordingly.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal,
ENT Specialist
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What does a few gram positive cocci in chains and occasional gram negative bacilli seen in a throat swab test indicate?

Brief Answer: Chronic tonsillitis Detailed Answer: Hi, The culture report is absolutely normal. It says the organisms are normal commensals. There is nothing to be worried as far as the report is concerned. Please tell me what medicines have you been taking so far? It would be better if you can send me the picture of your throat so that I can suggest you better and prescribe you accordingly. Hope I have answered your query. Regards, Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal, ENT Specialist