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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How to treat swollen lymph glands?

A few weeks ago I had a sore throat accompanied by body aches. No other signs of a cold. My lymph nodes were swollen and my throat hurt very bad when swallowing. I went to the doctor and got antibiotics, it got better within the 2-3 day period. A week later, it came back. I got the same antibiotics and it went away again. Today about a week after healing again, I feel like the swollen type of sore throat is coming back. How can I get rid of this?
Fri, 12 Jun 2015
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The vast majority of infectious sore throat are due to viral not bacterial infection, in over 80% of cases, it is viral.

Viral infections do not require antibiotics for resolution. It may be best to use only if testing such as a swab or blood test, confirms a bacterial infection. This would reduce the chance that you would develop antibiotic resistance.

It may be a recurrent infection or post nasal drip may be contributing to your symptoms as well.
The use of a topical steroid nasal spray such as nasocort, nasonex, flonase , may help.

Oral gargles/sprays such as covonia or chloroseptic which contain a pain killer and antiseptic may also be important.

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