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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.

Comment from: dcscrapping, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

About four days ago I was having a sore throat and muscle aches. I thought the aches were from my Fibro so I took some Ibuprofen. The sore throat got worse and I went to the doctor. He was on call, didn't do a test and told me I had an ear infection. I knew it was wrong but went home with antibiotics. I went back yesterday and was told I had strep. The test did come back negative because of the antibiotics I had been taking. I'm absolutely miserable with the sore throat. I can't remember a time that my throat hurt that bad.

Comment from: preschooldirector, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I work at a preschool and am prone to allergies. So, when I came down with head congestion, drainage, cough and a scratchy throat, I put it down to allergies and added additional allergy meds to my usual allergy meds. However, children at preschool were being diagnosed with strep throat. After 10 days of symptoms, my cough was much worse and my throat got sore. The quick swab for strep came back positive. I'm on antibiotics, a medicine to calm my throat down, and a steroid for the congestion.

Comment from: flawsandall, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had strep throat before as a child. I don't recall the experience being this awful. I started having splitting headaches that could not be eased. Within a few days I had fever, ear pain, stomach pain, sweating, and the worst pain I have ever experience in my throat. The other night, I went in night shift on my job and it was the worst night. I could not get my fever under control. It ran 102.5 degrees most of the night. The next day I went to my local emergency room and was diagnosed with strep throat. I was prescribed meds and let go. I am feeling a little better but the pain is still horrible.

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