Patient Comments: Strep Throat - Length Symptoms Lasted

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A Doctor's View on Strep Throat Symptoms

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Common strep throat symptoms should last from two to five days. Did you know that if a strep throat infection is not medically treated you can suffer complications such as a sinus infection, cellulitis, or an abscess of the tonsils and pharynx? Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I was half way through work on Tuesday when the stabbing pain while swallowing started. I woke up on Wednesday feverish, exhausted and mute. I went to the doctor that day. He did a quick test for strep throat and came back positive. I was his 4th adult case that day. He prescribed 875 mg of amoxicillin, 2 per day and ibuprofen for pain and fever reduction. Ibuprofen was ineffective at best. 3 days on the amoxicillin and there is no change. It takes 3 to 5 days for it to kick in, I was told. I have tried everything to reduce the swallowing pain. No luck, I am miserable!

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Comment from: Gary123, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I am in California and I started getting a sore throat. I developed a high fever, chills, a headache and severe throat pain. I went to an urgent care facility and they only did a quick swab test. The doctor on staff said it was negative. She wasn't too receptive to my skepticism since I remarked about the white splotches in the back of my throat and have had strep about 100 times in my life but not for many years. I usually get a spring sinus infection but not this year. I was in no condition to argue, so I took her script of Amox/500 mg. and ran.

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Comment from: mb20and151, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I have had strep twice within the last six weeks. As a 24-year-old, both times were the times I have been most sick in my adult life. I used to get strep as a child regularly. I remember enjoying it; I didn't feel that sick, got the day off of school, ate some ice cream. Now when I get it, I can't talk, can't eat, can't drink, run fevers up to 104 and pass out if I stand for more than a few minutes. It's miserable! The most recent bout of it is ongoing. So far, it has been four full days of illness and two full days of antibiotics.

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Comment from: bassincore, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

Well, it appears that I have this condition called strep throat. It started on Thursday when my throat started feeling scratchy. Then, I became weak, body aches and headache. Wow, this really sucks. It has been 6 dys now and I want to die. The pain is so great and nothing seems to help decrease the pain besides being asleep. I went back to work today because I was needed in Court. My body still feels very weak and I become dizzy at times. I am hoping that the medication the doctor prescribed will kick in and help with the symptoms. This is the worst feeling I have had in a long time. Still waiting for the culture to come back.

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Comment from: sick mom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

My husband rushed me to the ER this week when I had a 103.4 fever and horrible body aches. My throat hurt, but the ER doctor put me down for a sinus infection (probably due to the head pain) and a bladder infection. I asked him to look at my throat, and he did briefly said the throat was fine. Well, at my follow-up appointment the next afternoon, my regular doctor asked if I had seen my tonsils. It is classic strep now I'm stuck using a super-antibiotic the ER gave me for a bladder infection, and hoping it covers strep as well. Thank goodness for a second opinion!

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Published: July 25

I'm 30 years old and had strep throat a couple of months ago. I had a positive strep test the day after my throat started hurting and got an injection of antibiotic and steroid, followed by 10 days of oral antibiotics. My throat felt better the next day, but I also had a respiratory infection that took forever to go away. I recommend the shot: They hurt really bad, but they work fast.

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Published: July 14

I have strep now and it started on Thursday it is now Sunday. My tonsils are still swollen and red, but better than on Friday. My pain was so bad. I couldn't speak or even swallow my own saliva. I was so close to calling an ambulance. I seriously wanted to rip my tonsils out. I heard the C. pepper work to relieve the pain. The only thing I want is to cure it for good. I am thinking of surgery but we'll see. The older you get the more severe they become and it is much harder to recuperate. My doctor said if you get more than 6 strep infections in a year. Time to get them out. I'm on my 2nd and it is July.

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