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Comment from: Sunshine9876, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I was just diagnosed with strep throat. I am 36 yrs of age and have never been diagnosed with strep throat. The symptoms of strep throat are strange. Saturday evening the left side of my throat started feeling very sensitive; almost like I had burned the left side of my throat. I could see that it was red but I felt good otherwise. I had no fever, no coughing or sneezing no body aches...I thought in a few days it would go away on its own. Wrong! Wednesday morning I could hardly swallow, the pain was intense. When I looked in the mirror I had this huge whit spot on the back of the left tonsil wall. I immediately called the doctor but could not get an appointment until next day. I decided to go to a walk in clinic and was diagnosed with strep throat. I am now on amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times a day for 10 days plus Advil for the pain. It is now day 6 of throat pain, however, day 3 on antibiotics, my throat still hurts and I still have the white patch on the back of my throat; left side only. The right side of my throat never hurt and never had the white patches on I said in the beginning weird. I hope I never get strep throat again...very painful. The only thing that helps is to drink lots of fluids, eat lots of ice cream and rest your body.

Comment from: 7-12 Female Published: August 27

My 9 year old came home from school on Wednesday complaining that she felt sick in the belly. That night she felt hot to touch and she woke up through the night saying her throat was really sore and she needed a drink. I checked her temp and it was up, so I hit her with some Panadol which gave her a bit of relief because she finally went back to sleep. Next morning she did not move from the lounge, couldn't eat, barely drink and said her head was aching and her eyes were sore. We were lucky enough to get into the Doctor who said it was Strep throat and prescribed some Penicillin. Last night she had a better sleep but was scratching at her belly which had a bit of an itchy looking rash on it. Today is the third day and she has not had any Panadol at all and is looking and feeling much better, thank goodness.

Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

My husband is 43 years old and started having symptoms last Thursday 5 days ago. He went to the emergency room where they covered him with ice packs to lower the 103.5 temperature. Then they did a strep throat culture and it was positive. They sent him home with 500 mg penicillin for 10 days and Ibuprofen 800 mg for pain. Today is Monday and he is still very sick with sore throat, swollen glands, vomiting, nausea, no appetite and a fever of 102.3. We are about to go back to the emergency room cause we called our clinic and they said give the antibiotics more time. The emergency room discharge papers said if not feeling any better within 3 days to return to the ER, so that is what we are about to do.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I began feeling a little bit of a sore throat on Sunday afternoon but wasn't concerned because a flu was going around. Monday I went to work and had to leave after 4 hours because of swelling and pain on the left side of my throat. I checked my temperature when I got home and it was 103.8. I began taking 2 Tylenol every 4 hours for the next 2 days and could not get the fever any lower then 102. I had severe throat pain, earache, chills, joint pain, and vomiting. Finally on Wednesday afternoon I went to see a doctor. He took a swab and said it was strep throat. Prescribed penicillin and Tylenol 3. Today is Friday and I still have the earache and sore throat but at least the other symptoms are gone.

Comment from: grandma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat and thought nothing of it. By 10 in the morning, I got the chills and could not get warm. By noon, the sore throat felt like a lump and the headache I went home. I slept for the rest of the day and most of Tuesday. When I woke, I found that the pain was so severe I couldn't eat or drink anything, or talk and had difficulty breathing. I went to the doctor immediately who took a throat swab and gave me a prescription for a mouth rinse (gargle) to help numb the throat. After using it a few times it numbed the throat enough that I could eat. On Friday it was confirmed that I had strep throat and put on penicillin for 2 weeks.

Comment from: Yvonne, 55-64 Female Published: May 17

I found out on a Monday. I thought I had flu like symptoms and tried everything to get rid of it. A couple of days later I got worse and my daughter told me she had strep throat. We were going through the same thing. So I called the doctor and got in the same day and was told I had it. It was the worst feeling in the world. I had never experienced anything like it. I had white spot at the back of my throat, my tongue was covered with something white; I ached badly. I was light-headed with a very sore throat, and it was hard to swallow. I also had back pain, loss of appetite, and stomach pain. I couldn't eat what I wanted. I had to have yogurt or something soft or smooth to not irritate my throat. The doctor gave me some antibiotic and pain pills. Today is Saturday and I feel better. The only thing that is bothers me now is my lower back and stomach. Hopefully, in a couple of days that will be gone too.

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: May 10

When I had strep throat, my symptoms included painful and difficult swallowing, severe joint pain, fever, chills, and fatigue. Ibuprofen made the pain slightly bearable. I began oral antibiotics and the symptoms began to resolve after two days of treatment.

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