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Tonsillitis, excess saliva in mouth, pain on swallowing. Taking antibiotics. Treatment?

i have tonsillitis and i have not eaten for 3 days now, but today im suffering with lots of spit in my mouth all the time and having to spit it out into a bucket every time as i cant swallow because it hurts too much i started a course of antibiotics today how long will it take till it goes and what will happen if it doesnt go ?
Asked On : Fri, 14 Sep 2012
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You should not take medicines in empty stomach. Please take semi-solid food like porridge or soups. It is good to know that you have started on antibiotics. You should have a little patience. You can also take 'Calpol- 500mg' twice daily. It will relief you of the pain. You should also use an antiseptic mouth wash. You will get relieved of spits coming in your mouth.
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In many cases tonsillopharyngitis are caused by common cold viruses and antibiotics will not help and is not indicated. Treatment in such cases are supportive with analgesics( ibuprofen , paracetamol, cold tablets, cold sachets, etc..), gargle ( with iodine component), oral lozenges ( strepsil, orophar ), adequate hydration, bed rest, vitamins. But in some cases ( around 30-35 % ) tonsillopharyngitis caused by bacteria such group A B -hemolytic streptococcus, staphylococcus,etc. To determine exactly if infection has bacterial origin you may make rapid strep ( antigen ) test or culture. However you may start empiric antibiotics , most effective are penicillin group ( penicillin V, amoxycillin or augmentin), or macrolide such azithromycin, plus additionally above mentioned supportive measures. Duration of treatment usually 7 days sometimes up to 14 , depend of organism response and right chosen antibiotic.
I wish you good luck and speedy recovery,
Hope this helps and I have answered your query.
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Answered: Fri, 14 Sep 2012
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