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A 20-year-old female asked:

Sore throat, red blisters, and swollen tonsils for 3 weeks. on 4th day of amoxicillin but there's been no improvement. what do i do now?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Virus? Mono?: Most sore throats and tonsillitis are caused by viruses -- and no virus is cured with any antibiotic. Your doctor probably was concerned about strep throat, but that should have started to improve by now. At age 20, a good bet for such prolonged viral pharyngitis is infectious mononucleosis. Ask your doctor if s/he checked for mono or if you should be tested for it now.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Provided original answer
If you have mono, there's a good chance amoxicillin will cause a rash. Not dangerous, but can be alarming. Since your pharyngitis isn't improving anyway, ask your doctor whether you should stop taking it.
Aug 20, 2015

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