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Swollen throat, difficulty in swallowing. Tonsillitis? Recovering from a knee replacement surgery

Hello - I had a knee replacement about 6 weeks ago and I have a cold. In the last day or two my throat has gotten swollen and I have trouble swallowing . I m afraid that I might be coming down with tonsillitis or something bacterial and I m wondering whether I have to take a course of antibiotics just to be sure and protect me new knee from infection.
Asked On : Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Your concern is understandable but most cases of sore throat are viral and therefore do not need or respond to antibiotics

A bacterial throat infection is usually found where there is high fever and pus seen at the back of the throat, enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck.

If your doctor examines you and there is no indicators of bacterial infection then only symptomatic treatment would be used.

If there is any indicators of a bacterial infection then antibiotics would be commenced.

I hope this helps
Answered: Sat, 2 Nov 2013
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