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A 25-year-old female asked:

negative strep.waiting on my throat culture results. tonsils are swollen with white spots everywhere. horrible pain! keeps spreading. i'm worried. ?

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Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Sore throat: It must be viral infection since negative strep test although a back up culture may have been done. Gargle with warm salt water several times an hour for a couple of hours. Drink iced drinks, soft foods such as pudding or jello, ice cream. If you have trouble swallowing fluids or your symptoms don't improve after 3-4 days get rechecked.
Dr. Jane Lykins
Family Medicine 25 years experience
May need meds...: I would call your doctor's office back and let them know that you are worsening. They can prescribe you prednisone to help with the swelling, and test you for other infections like Mononucleosis if the strep culture is negative. You can also log on to see a doctor here on Healthtap Prime via phone, text, or video and them we can prescribe if indicated. Good luck!

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