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Dr. Edward Hirsch
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Had sore throat/fever/white patches on tonsils. Doc prescribed amoxicillin & I felt better (days) just got strep test (not rapid) & no strep. Mistake?

Dr. Edward Hirsch
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Had sore throat/fever/white patches on tonsils. Doc prescribed amoxicillin & I felt better (days) just got strep test (not rapid) & no strep. Mistake?

Maybe but maybe not: cultures, while better than the rapid tests (and cultures are the gold standard) are still not perfect. Your symptoms were compatible with strep and you got better on amoxicillin. Coincidence? Possibly. At this point, I think it's moot. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. John Rhoades
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Sore throat white patches on tonsils sore throat that gets worse at night, and face numbness with dizzness and hair loss?

Dr. John Rhoades
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Sore throat white patches on tonsils sore throat that gets worse at night, and face numbness with dizzness and hair loss?

Exam needed: You will need exam, throat culture to r/o strep. This may be viral, but is it is strep, you will need Rx. See you DR ...Read more

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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I have sore throat, small white patches on left tonsil (stinky), but no fever or anything else...tonsillitis? what is it? help

Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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I have sore throat, small white patches on left tonsil (stinky), but no fever or anything else...tonsillitis? what is it? help

Tonsillitis: Tge white patches on enlarges tonsils are called exudates which are trapped food inside tonsillar crypts. You should get a strep test at your doctor's office ir an urgent care to make sure you don't an antibiotic. If negative, just use symptomatic treatment with ibuprofen lozenges and better oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I have a sore throat, fever, and white patches on my tonsils. My throat culture came back as group b strep. How does one treat group b strep?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I have a sore throat, fever, and white patches on my tonsils. My throat culture came back as group b strep. How does one treat group b strep?

Not an issue for: Self treatment. Please consult your doctor for a prescription. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html. ...Read more

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Dr. Vitaliy Krol
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Step and mono came back negative.I had sore throat with white patches on one of my tonsils and now there on both should I get a 2nd round of test done?

Dr. Vitaliy Krol
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Step and mono came back negative.I had sore throat with white patches on one of my tonsils and now there on both should I get a 2nd round of test done?

TonsIlitis: Tonsillitis can have different etiologies including viral, bacterial or fungal, depending on your overall health and other risk factors. You need to see a doctor for exam and throat cultures ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Colantino
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I had a tonsillectomy 3 yrs ago. Now I have sore throat, headache, low fever and white patches where tonsils were and a few red spots. Is this strep?

Dr. Donald Colantino
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I had a tonsillectomy 3 yrs ago. Now I have sore throat,  headache,  low fever and white patches where tonsils were and a few red spots. Is this strep?

Viral or strep: This could be a viral or strep infection. Have a rapid screening throat culture for strep where you will get an answer within 15 to 30 minutes. If the test is negative and symptoms persist a more accurate routine throat culture can be done with results in 1 to 2 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Vitaliy Krol
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For 3 days I have had a sore throat with white patches. at first it was only on one of my tonsils. Now its on both. And red and raises bumps.No fever?

Dr. Vitaliy Krol
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For 3 days I have had a sore throat with white patches. at first it was only on one of my tonsils.  Now its on both. And red and raises bumps.No fever?

TonsIlitis: Tonsillitis can have different etiologies including viral, bacterial or fungal, depending on your overall health and other risk factors. You need to see a doctor for exam and throat cultures ...Read more

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Dr. John Gaffney
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Have a sore throat and noticed my left tonsil is starting to become very swollen and is turning dark grey/black mixed with white patches?

Dr. John Gaffney
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Have a sore throat and noticed my left tonsil is starting to become very swollen and is turning dark grey/black mixed with white patches?

Schedule appointment: Always better safe than sorry ... Schedule an appointment with your family doctor to have them take a look and see what's going on. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Bergum
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