Patient Comments: Strep Throat - Diagnosis

How was your strep throat diagnosed?

Comment from: Jun, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I submitted to a throat culture and 10 minutes later, the results came back positive.

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Comment from: Sheza, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I went away for a weekend holiday and returned home with a severe headache and was unable to swallow. I then noticed that there were white patches on the back of my swollen throat. I proceeded to see my doctor who then quickly diagnosed that I had a strep infection. I was prescribed antibiotics and rest. I had the worse taste I could imagine, as all I could taste was the pus and was unable to discharge it as it was very difficult to cough, let alone spit it out. My advice: If you feel the symptoms, get it treated early as I did!

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Comment from: JonW, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

Terrible illness; throat felt scratchy Friday. I was diagnosed with strep throat Saturday and had penicillin shot. Sunday night now, I still feel terrible.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

This has been the worst three days of my life. It started Saturday evening and was diagnosed on Tuesday. I had a fever, headache, and swallowing really hurt. I started the antibiotics on Tuesday night and still don't feel so good. If you have these symptoms, go to the doctor right away. I haven't slept properly for five days now. You really don't want this.

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Comment from: HeatherThorup, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I took amoxicillin as well as 1000mg of Tylenol every six hours and 800 mg of Ibuprofen every six hours as well. I also did lots of heat packs on my neck and cheeks. I gargled warm water with salt, used Chloraseptic spray and a warm towel with alcohol on it wrapped around my neck.

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Comment from: Takersgirl227, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I have had strep throat for a week now. I have every single symptom of strep, but my test came back negative. So the doctor put me on a z pack and 800 mg ibuprofen for pain and swelling. I would have been on my last day of my antibiotic but it wasn't having any effect at all. As a matter of fact the white lump got much bigger and the pain was even more unbearable than it was before. I went back to the doctor and he gave me a better antibiotic and steroid by IV. He also wrote me a prescription and sent me to an ear nose and throat doctor to make sure the white sore thing didn't need to be drained. Hopefully now having been given a steroidal mouth rinse, a better antibiotic, and some nasal spray to help prevent this from happening again everything will be okay. My only issue is I feel like I am being stabbed in the throat every once in a while, especially when I eat.

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Comment from: Genell, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

A rapid strep test at my doctor's office.

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Comment from: sickone, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

My doctor's physician's assistant did a rapid strep test to diagnose my strep throat. She said my symptoms were atypical and it was the second case she had seen that day. I waited eight days with symptoms before going to the doctor. This is day 10 total, day two on penicillin. Hopefully I will feel better soon.

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