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On treatment for bacterial tonsillitis, getting a chesty cough, brown phlegm with sore throat, persistent enlarged glands. Help?

Hi im a 21 year old male, had bacterial tonsillitis two weeks ago, treated with clarithromycin for 5 days which cleared it. But as it was being cleared by the antibiotics I started to get a chesty cough. Now I ve coughing up large amounts of brown phlegm every morning with a sore throat at the same time. Later in the day there s less coughing but still producing a clearer sputum . No noticeable fever or other symptoms. Been hydrating quite well. I had mono at the start of summer which only lasted about 3 weeks with noticeable symptoms. glands are still slightly enlarged but they were worse with the tonsillitis. Thaks
Asked On : Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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After going through your history it seems you suffered a Upper respiratory tract infection and Throat infection (Tonsillitis) treated by antibiotics. But cough with brown sputum indicates there is some aspiration in lungs and may have caused small Pneumonia/Bronchitis .If smoking is there?
It is advisable to see a Physician and after examination if justified a X Ray may be done and simultaneously sputum may be given for anlysis and Culture.
depending on finding treatment (Anti biotics) may be required.
Symptomtomatic therapy may be given to reduce cough and clear the chest.
One should keep in mind why lymph glands are still enlarged?
May with treatmet you will be al right soon
Best of luck.
Answered: Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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