Patient :Hello, I tested positive for strep throat on Wed (12/17). I've been given a 10 day cycle of penicillin to treat the strep. The doctor said that I should be fine within 1-2 days, however my tonsils are still covered with pus, my lymph nodes are swollen and my uvula is swollen. Should I just keep waiting for the antibiotics to kick in or is there something else going on here?
Thank you for your question. Yes, you should continue taking your course of antibiotics. Since this is a ten day course, more severe streptococcal throat infections can take longer to show improvement. In a case such as this, you should start observing improvement closer to the 6-7th day of your treatment. To alleviate some of the soreness, you can utilize over the counter medicated throat lozenges or gargle with warm salted water twice a daily. Should your symptoms continue to worse despite antibiotic treatment, please return to your doctor for reevaluation.
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