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Hello. I am currently living abroad without access to great medical attention. Starting yesterday, I had soreness in my throat and a starting headache. Since then, my symptoms have worsened. I have tightness and soreness in my neck and shoulders. I've also been fatigued and had chills. My left lymph node on my neck is swollen and sensitive. I noticed tonight that I have white ulcers on my left tonsil. One of which is very deep, and I can get pus from it with pressure. I also have a few bumps on the back of my throat. I was able to get Penicillin, so I took that today with ibuprofen. I thought it may be strep. That being said, I have a new sequal partner and am concerned it may be something else.

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You are suffering from acute follicular tonsillitis.
You have started correct medicine for same. You can add some antihistamie including Tab.levocetirizine
5 mg once daily for 5 days. This infection is most likely due to streptococcus, it may be due to
staphloccous also. in either can penicillin will help you.This is not related with STD( Sexually
transmitted disease)
Betadine or warm saline gargle will be useful.
Hope this helps
Best regards

Patient replied :

Hello. Thank you for your consultation. While many of the symptoms have gone away, I still have the white on my tonsils. In addition, the pink bumps on the back of my throat have now also developed white heads. Those don't seem to be getting any better, but worse. I was wondering if this is a normal part of the healing process.

If you are symptomatically better that means your throat infection is responding well to medicine. this
white on tonsil will improve soon. Some times food debris which get stuck in tonsillar crypts may
persist longer also, you need not worry about it as long as you do not have any throat pain or
difficulty in swallowing. you can complete the present course of medicine
hope this helps

Patient replied :

Some of my symptoms have returned. The swelling in my lymph nodes in my neck haa gotten worse, as has the tightness and stiffness in my neck. I know have an earache in my right ear which is sensitive to the touch. Swelling had returned in my tonsils and the white is still there. I'mean in so much pain that it hurts to talk, eat, and swallow basically anything besides chicken broth. I woke up several times throughout the night because I couldn't breathe and felthe like I has choking on my own saliva. Is it time I go to a hospital here?


These are sign of severe throat infection, you need to go to local hospital. If require they can start injection of antibiotics. They can do pus culture from throat to find causative bacteria and antibiotic sensitivity, or other required investigaions.

Hope this helps

Dr. Sunil Jalan
Category: ENT Specialist
DAA (Diploma in asthma and allergy) : Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2012
D.N.B (ENT), 2011
Residency - M.S. (Master post graduate degree in otorhinolaryngology),  Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2009
D.L.O. (Diploma in otorhinolaryngology) - Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2007
Medical School - M.B.B.S, S.P. Medical college, Bikaner, 2004
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