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Sore throat, white patches on tonsils, fever, chills, dizziness, headache, body aches. Given prednisone. Cause?

I went to the ER on Saturday (4 days ago) with a sore throat (little white patches on tonsils), fever, chills, dizziness, headache, and body aches. Got a rapid strep test and it was negative, they did give me antibiotics and prednisone . I have been taking my medications and everything but my sore throat has gone away. I still have white patches on my tonsils and it is very difficult to swallow and it painful. What could be the cause?
Asked On : Sat, 10 Nov 2012
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The presence of white patches on the tonsils acutely usually indicates the presence of a bacterial infection.
The rapid strep test may sometimes be falsely negative.

If you are not having any response to the antibiotics that you are using then it is possible that you are resistant to them and other antibiotics may be needed.There should have been at least a slight improvement of symptoms after 4 days.

You may need to revisit your doctor for another assessment.

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Answered: Wed, 13 Nov 2013
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