Main Article on Strep Throat Question: Tell us your experience with strep throat. Submit Your Comment Comment from: EvilStrepMother, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 28 My strep throat symptoms came on fast, and I thought it was the flu. Day 1, I had chills/fever, horrible body aches, slight sore throat and headache. Day 2, sore throat was worse, but I had mainly the same symptoms. Without ibuprofen and Tylenol I felt like I was dying. Day 3, my throat felt like knives, couldn’t swallow anything. After 2 nights of chills and sweats I knew I was dehydrated. I finally got diagnosed positive for strep A. Day 4, I still feel crummy after 24 hours of antibiotics. I hope tomorrow is better. Overall, truly the worst I’ve ever felt. Comment from: Pobrecita, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 12 Strep throat is the worst pain I’ve ever been in. My tonsils have pus all over them and it feels like I’m swallowing glass. My ears hurt, my jaw hurts, my lymph nodes are swollen and stinging. I have body aches. I honestly thought I had COVID again. My doctor prescribed me amoxicillin and I’m on my third dose. I can’t swallow my spit and I feel like I’m going to die when I take the pills. Tylenol doesn’t even touch the pain. When will this nightmare be over! Comment from: Cocoloco, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26 Day 1 of strep throat I had swollen upper eye lids, fatigue, ringing in my head and headache. Day 2, fever, slight sore throat, and eye area still swollen. Day 3, I had the worst ever shooting pains in my head, like a lightning bolt every 10-15 seconds. I also had extreme fatigue, slight nausea, distended abdomen and constipation. Day 4, my headache continued with nausea, and sore throat was worse. Horrible cramps in stomach. Day 5, I was diagnosed strep started and started antibiotics. I still have sore throat now on day 10. The worst illness ever! Comment from: Mariam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 21 My strep throat started on Monday. Things got uglier Tuesday. I couldn’t swallow anything, not water, not my own saliva. Tuesday night was the worst night of my life. I literally cried nonstop. I was sweating all night and had chills. I went to the emergency room first thing Wednesday. My heart rate was very high and my fever too. I stayed there isolated for 7 hours before being told I had strep throat and got prescribed an antibiotic, a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic. I’m on my second day and still in pain. Comment from: Sarah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 21 I am in excruciating pain with strep throat. I’ve slept 3 hours in 3 days. I can’t swallow, I have a spit cup next to me at all times. I keep breaking down just begging someone for something to make it stop. I wish I could be admitted to the hospital, put on morphine or in a coma. Is strep like this for other people - for me it’s truly unbearable! Comment from: John , 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 11 My throat began to hurt on Sunday but it was very mild. By Monday, my whole body would shiver during the night and I’d wake up with my bedsheets completely wet. I decided to visit a doctor on Tuesday and was prescribed with penicillin. Although my strep throat has been getting slightly better through the days, it is currently Wednesday and I can’t wait for all this to be over. Been taking spoonsful of honey, gargling salt water, and eating chicken noodle soup. I wish this on no one whatsoever. Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 31 I had strep throat in the middle of January. They prescribed amoxicillin and I stupidly stopped half way through, when it felt better. The strep throat came back and after another two sets of antibiotics my lymph nodes are still slightly swollen and I have a tickle in the back of my throat. At this point I don’t know what can be done to help me. Any input would be appreciated. Comment from: J, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 25 My strep throat started at night last Thursday, with a very slight throat pain similar to what you feel after talking too much. The pain increased slightly on Friday, and by Saturday I had a mild fever. Saturday night I woke up from the pain, looked in the mirror and my tonsils were inflamed and covered in pus. Sunday the pain was unbearable, my uvula swelled, and I took antibiotics. Monday my lymph nodes were no longer tender, but throat was still raw; the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Comment from: Tough chickadee , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19 Tuesday morning I was fine, by Tuesday evening I had sore throat and body aches. From one hour to next it came on. Since I didn’t have a high fever or pus pockets at the back of my throat I didn’t think it could be strep throat. I slept a lot the next 4 days. Thursday my pain got worse with ear pressure. Friday to Sunday pain was still there with coughing. Sunday the pain in my ears was so bad I was in tears. Ibuprofen helped. Monday finally I went to Urgent Care and the doctor said it was strep. My ears were so inflamed, she was worried about rupture. Don’t wait, get checked. SLIDESHOW Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference See Slideshow Comment from: Marzipan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 11 I'm 31 and have been suffering with strep throat for 5 days now. I have been on antibiotics for 3 days (penicillin) and only slightly starting to feel better. I can honestly say that the throat pain has been the most painful thing I have ever experienced, especially worse at bedtime and has been very disruptive to my sleep, to the point where I have been sleeping in the spare room! Very nasty bug and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Hopefully the antibiotics should help over the next few days. Comment from: KM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 31 I woke up with a tickle in my throat on a Sunday. By 7:00 p.m. that night I had a fever of 100 degrees. I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and checked my temperature. It was 101 degrees. Monday morning I experienced chills, body aches, a headache and sore throat. My nose was not stuffy at all. I could breathe normally. I went to urgent care on a Tuesday and was diagnosed with strep throat. He prescribed a Z-Pak. Three weeks later I now have a lingering cough and phlegm. Comment from: Sally, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 03 A few days ago I noticed my tonsils were completely covered in this white, gooey pus that wouldn’t come off with a Q-tip. After having extreme chills, body aches, and an unrelenting fever, I went to the doctor and was given medicines for strep throat, even though the test came back negative. This is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my entire life. Can’t eat, sleep, move, swallow, or breathe. Barely any air can get past my swollen tonsils, and all of the pus that won’t go away! It’s been 2 days on medicines. Comment from: Briff, 25-34 (Patient) Published: December 04 I came home Thursday night and noticed out of nowhere that the lymph node on the right side of my neck was swollen and tender. An hour or so later… the left side. So Saturday I went to the doctor to get swabbed. Negative for strep throat. Fast forward to Monday. I can't swallow without almost crying, and 101.8 fever. Can't eat. Feel like I've been hit by a truck. Nasty white patches all over my tonsils and throat. Went to a different doctor and tested positive. I am on my 3rd dose and starting to feel better. Comment from: Emjay , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14 I had sore throat and headache for 24 hours. Yesterday evening the pain shot up sharply and I had a dreadful night with severe pain in my throat and ear when swallowing, and also shivers and chills. Pain relief stopped being as effective. Today has been a miserable day, just keeping dosed up with paracetamol and Nurofen, plus drinking honey and lemon. This evening I finally took a torch and managed to see down the back of my throat and it’s covered in streaks of yellow, so I’m assuming strep and it’s off to the doctor tomorrow. Comment from: Anita, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: August 13 My 80 year old husband developed a strep throat problem. He awoke and couldn’t breathe at 3 am after a Chinese meal. Since then the general physician (GP) has said it was his blood pressure (BP) medicines. It came and went. This time he became ill, confused, couldn’t walk, giddy and falling, and had urine problems. I didn’t know what to do. I could not understand him talking. I thought he had had a stroke. Specialists examined him and concluded no stroke. BP was very low. I told the GP who gave penicillin. It worked, but his leg is very swollen still. Comment from: so-chi-wan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 06 I woke up tired, and felt tired all day. Yawning uncontrollably at 9, my tonsils started to hurt. By 10, I had passed out. At 1, fever began with strep throat, and ear pain when yawning. I couldn't get anyone to cover my shift, could hardly speak, swallowing was agonizing, and threw up the ibuprofen. Boss was 35 agonizing minutes late. I slept most of the day, with delirious dreams. Tonsils were so swollen, about an inch diameter. I got to the emergency room, and the doctor said adult strep is often worse than childhood strep, and to take some time off work. Comment from: IslandGirl, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 23 I've suffered with strep throat since childhood. My parents decided against a tonsillectomy. For 2019, I have had confirmed strep throat 3 times already. I am now overcoming another episode which started a week ago with a fever of 38 C. I was prescribed azithromycin (penicillin allergy). Day 2 my fever was higher, and more exudate on tonsils. Day 4 I was given clindamycin. Day 6, still no change. I was given cefuroxime which resulted in significant reduction in pain and swelling! This is the first time my strep hasn’t responded to azithromycin or clindamycin. Comment from: Ontario man , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 10 I went to the doctor yesterday and was told I have strep throat. I'm a 30 year old with a high pain tolerance and this has brought me to the edge of my pain tolerance. Every time I swallow I actually don’t know if I'm going to pass out from the pain. I am on penicillin, honey and ginger tea, lot of Advil, water and popsicles. It's just terrible, apparently it has to run its course. It is only on the left side of my throat which to be honest, may actually be worse. Good luck guys and gals you are in for a rough one. QUESTION Just about any painful sore throat is caused by strep. See Answer Comment from: Amie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 02 I am 43 and woke up 4 days ago with a slight earache. I didn't think much of it. By the next morning I was nearly bed ridden, awful body aches, and painful swallowing; it literally felt like my ear drum was being pierced every time I swallowed. I tried some home remedies with little relief. I was diagnosed with strep throat and am on amoxicillin. While there is improvement I can tell I have a long way to go. I haven't been on medicines for 48 hours yet. Hoping for a full recovery. Comment from: jam, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 02 I'm 71. I began to have a scratchy throat on return from the Middle East on a Saturday evening. By Monday morning I could not eat or drink water because the pain was so intense. I saw the doctor on Monday. Swab showed negative for strep but the doctor gave me antibiotics. Tuesday my temperature hit 102. Throat was feeling better. Friday the temperature went below 99. This is the next Monday and I am dealing with the mucus coughing up, some bloody. I never have had strep. Horrible! Comment from: Nikki , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28 I had strep throat as a kid and remember my throat being so raw and painful I could barely swallow. Now at 46 I have it again with much different symptoms. This feels a lot like the flu, with body aches, chills and sweats, a bad headache and extreme fatigue. Oddly enough, my throat doesn't hurt that bad, just a little sore. I was swabbed for strep and it was confirmed positive but it manifests much different in adults. It's really horrible. Comment from: 22 year old, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 27 I'm 22 years old and this is my first time having strep throat. It is horrible. I had a normal feeling of soreness and congestion which escalated to having swollen tonsillitis in 3 days. The third day, I had a panic attack because my tonsils, particularly my left side was so huge it constrained my breathing. I can't sleep at night and have had only small intervals of an hour of sleep every day because I am afraid of suffocating in my sleep. But what I learned is that you must be calm, and patient. Comment from: maddy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29 Strep throat is honestly one of the worst pains I’ve ever had (so far). It started off with a swollen, but not sore throat (yet) and no fever. I was lethargic and there was a lot of pressure in both my ears. I called out of work the next day as I woke up to the feeling of razors cutting my throat. Burning, throbbing, and so painful to swallow or drink water. I’m on day 3 of medicines now and I can finally eat harder foods and swallow without wanting to cry. What a great first experience… not! Comment from: NeverHadStrep, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 15 I woke Saturday morning with a sore throat and thought it was an allergy, as it was spring. By the day’s end I was very fatigued, had a headache, and went to bed early. I woke Sunday morning at 2 am with engorged tonsils covered in white spots, and had difficulty swallowing. Being Mom's day, I was forced to work for fear I would be punished for calling out sick. I went to urgent care after work and was prescribed antibiotics for strep throat. Monday no work, and I had a relentless headache all day long. Tuesday I am still on bed rest with pain in my right ear. Comment from: StrepSucks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 15 I'm 33 and have never had strep throat to my knowledge. Today is day 3. It started off with a mild sore throat on Saturday morning. By Sunday morning my tonsils were swollen and red, with white spots. Oddly, I had no fever at all. I've had neck aches, and a relentless headache. I'm on day 2 of antibiotics, the white spots are gone but tonsils are still swollen, but not as red. I'm very fatigued. I get intermittent pain in my right ear. Not even sure how I got strep. I don't share drinks or utensils with people. Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 13 I am a 52 year old man. If you think you have strep go to your doctor. I tried to tough it out for 9 days and it really got the best of me. My wife took her morning off work and brought me to the doctor. I was given antibiotics and liquid Ibuprofen 400 mg, and after 2 days still feel run over, but I do see a dim light at the end of this journey of sickness. Mouthwash every night before bed, it kills the bug they say. I think I will take that advice just in case. Bad sickness! Comment from: dj, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05 I am 50 years old and my strep throat happened all at once. I woke up on Tuesday morning with a throbbing headache and I was a little shaky. I got to the bathroom, then back in the bed with a pounding headache, and then realized it hurt terribly to swallow. I could not get out of bed till that afternoon to get to the doctor. I tested positive for strep and they sent me home with amoxicillin but I felt like I was dying. Comment from: Sir Lawrence, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 02 I came home one day from work and found myself starting to catch a fever. I powered through the next day of work, however throughout the day my throat was getting scratchy and swollen. Next day I went to doctors and they said I have strep throat and prescribed me amoxicillin. It’s been 2 days since then and I’ve just got worse. Let’s see how it ends, I haven’t eaten in days. Comment from: Helpmepls, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 27 I'm here to share with my fellow strep throat sufferers how terrible I feel. I'm allergic to penicillin and many antibiotics. This is my second week in and I'm on my 2nd round of antibiotics. I was also given an anti-inflammatory medicine, Advil, Benadryl (I keep choking on my own phlegm and this is supposed to break it down easier), as well as an antacid because even drinking water burns my chest from the antibiotics. Comment from: Elle1985, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 13 Currently I have strep throat. I am 32 years old and it's really bad. It started with a vague itchiness in my throat on Sunday and that night I was soaked through with night sweats. Then Monday I went to work feeling awful, but thought it was a cold. My throat was awful, I could barely swallow and my glands were swollen. Still I didn't think strep. But by Tuesday morning I was soaked through, had the worst pain I ever experienced, and called in to work. I called my doctor. This is day 2 on penicillin and I still feel super rough. Comment from: ladywithsorethroat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01 Saturday night I went to bed with a slight awareness of my tonsils feeling larger than normal but no pain. By Sunday it had escalated into swollen red masses that were throbbing. I had a fever, swollen glands, my skin and joints were sensitive all over, and it was difficult and painful to swallow. I told my hubby that I am off to the after-hour doctor as the pain was too intense. After a two hour wait in extreme agony, the doctor took one look at my tonsils and said it was strep throat for sure, and put me on antibiotics and Panadol for pain (not that Panadol does much for this type of pain). I even tried tramadol and that didn't even work. Day two I noticed patches of white pus on my tonsils; much to my hubby's disgust (I don’t blame him for not wanting to take a closer look). It has been difficult to sleep at night and I have had the most outrageous and vivid dreams. After three days, I have pain in just my left tonsil but severe ache in my left ear as well. The headaches come and go and I have moments of feeling like I am on the mend and then the next minute I am collapsing on a chair because I am feeling terrible and fatigued. I have experienced a lot of intense pain before but this has to be one of the worse kinds of pain I have had to endure. I hope it ends soon. Comment from: jennifer, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 10 I have never known strep throat symptoms, a few days ago in the middle of the night I had a burning feeling inside my throat and I felt rare pain in throat and ear also. In the morning I thought I got a sore throat so I did some home remedies to cure it, but this didn’t help me at all. And after a day I got some red spots on my neck, it was more painful and I had a severe fever that day. I rushed to the doctor and was diagnosed with strep throat, and he prescribed me antibiotics to take. Comment from: PB, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 02 I just got over a horrible case of strep throat. I am 42, and apparently I am in the 5 to 10 percent of adults who get a terrible case of it. It hit me like a freight train all at once at night. My throat swelled horribly, lymph nodes too, and was red. I couldn’t swallow. My whole body ached 10/10 and the worst part was the headache. I could barely move. I got to the doctor right away and test came right back as positive for strep. They put me on penicillin and by the 3rd dose swelling in throat started to subside. Aches subsided about 12 hours later but, 2.5 days later, I still had headaches off and on. The odd thing was, in the beginning I didn't have a fever, but after swelling in throat started to subside, then I started to get a fever. Highest was 101 and fluctuated for 2.5 days from 99.5 to 101. My symptoms are pretty much gone now (3.5 days on penicillin), but I feel like I was run over by a truck. Nasty experience. Comment from: chloe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29 I have had a sore throat for 3 days. I have a large white spot on one side of my tonsils. I cannot even eat, it hurts so much. The doctor said he is not sure if it is strep but he gave me antibiotics anyway. I do not have a fever and have not had strep in 30 years. Comment from: 007chef, 35-44 (Patient) Published: October 05 I am 37 years old, diagnosed with strep throat! What seemed to be a weekend getaway with the wife, and little cousins blowing up balloons with laughter turned out to be a terrible weekend. Strep throat for eight days with enormous pain. I had unbearable throat pain with ravaged tonsils and fever. It beat me down. If one truly acquires real strep throat, yikes! It may seem like it will never end, however thankfully there is light at the end! Humbling experience. Comment from: Amy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 09 Strep throat is one of the most painful experiences I am currently having. At first I just thought I had a sore throat, but when anti-bacterial cough lollies, and various gargles didn’t give me any relief I went to the doctor and found out my pain was strep. I experienced body aches, and joint pains, lethargy, blocked ears, acid taste in the back of my throat, mucus build up in the back of my throat, which I couldn’t clear because it was too painful to cough, I couldn’t swallow because of the pain it caused and I couldn’t eat because of the pain it caused. It is the most painful throat I have ever had. I was also vomiting up mucus, and had loss of appetite. Nasty thing to get, but it’s been about 12 hours since I started antibiotics, and my throat is still very sore, but I have noticed that it feels a little better. I am hoping I will wake up tomorrow feeling much better. Comment from: Midwest Beth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 27 Monday evening, I had swollen throat and some pain. After falling asleep, I awakened in full fever/chills and my teeth were actually chattering as I walked to the bathroom for ibuprofen. I stayed in bed all day Tuesday, though my sleep was anything but restful as I fought high fever, fury and dreams. Wednesday morning, I somehow found the energy to throw on some clothes and drive myself to the clinic. I tested for strep and mononucleosis; no mono, but serious strep. I dragged myself through the parking lot, to the pharmacy, and collapsed at home. I learned that day to throw away my toothbrush, yes; and then throw away the 2nd one in other 5 days. So, a slow, slow move toward health; it is now Friday and my throat still hurts to eat or drink, and gums are sore too. I have no fever, but am having some tired phases throughout the day. I haven't worked all week, which costs me plenty. But I'm grateful. I honestly had a grandparent die from this disease in 1930, pre penicillin. Comment from: da eh, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 04 I started feeling very slight difficulty swallowing on a Wednesday. By Thursday the pain was worse. At first I thought I had a normal sore throat, I get those once a year, but was lacking any cough. Upon checking my throat I saw that my tonsils were swollen. This had never happened before. This day was bad but not terrible, and I could swallow with only a little pain, I started antibiotics just to make sure to cover against strep. Friday was terrible, I stopped eating at all, liquids were terribly hard to swallow; I thought I would give the antibiotics at least 48 hours before going to the doctor. Saturday showed no improvement, one tonsil had gotten better, but the other showed pus, and was even pushing my uvula to the side. This night I got no sleep at all, the next day I called a medic to make a home visit (covered by insurance). The doctor told me that maybe the antibiotics still needed a couple days to work out. But if I needed more expedite healing, he could prescribe injected muscular penicillin. I told him right away to do it. My girlfriend injected me (it’s not hard at all, you don’t need a nurse to do it). Two hours after the injection I had improved greatly, and my tonsil started spewing pus, which I cleaned with cotton swabs. This immediately let me swallow (which after two days without eating, I immediately started by eating and drinking smoothies). By the second injection I was 80 percent less swollen, and eating and drinking normally. I followed with a course of amoxicillin. I guess the moral of this story is to not fear the injection, even ask for it, it is quicker, and if I had known it could shave a couple of the nastiest days of my adult life, I would have done it immediately. So don’t fear the needle, the sting is minimal. This was my strep experience, I would call it the worst week I can remember. Comment from: ragi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 20 I am experiencing strep throat continously for more than an year. It is very horrible and restricted even short travels, because of cold. Comment from: traci, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01 Sudden onset of horrible sore throat, but I also have cough, headache and body aches, though no fever. I have tons of sinus drainage, and constantly having to cough and swallow. Strep Is positive, and flu negative. Comment from: Charlie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10 My strep throat started out with bad sinus infection draining down throat, then body aches, and no strength to even get dressed. I went to the doctor finally and was throwing up at his office. Comment from: Charlie , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 21 I have a strep throat, oh my it’s horrible. Comment from: km, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 22 Last week I had strep throat infection. I am certainly still taking antibiotics but now I feel like I have urine infection. Comment from: sickee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 29 I am currently sick with Strep. I woke two mornings ago with a sore throat and just not feeling quite well. As the day progressed, I was feeling sicker. I have had Strep before and I was on-call at a hospital, so I decided to go to the walk-in clinic. I had a positive rapid Strep test and a prescription of antibiotics. My symptoms worsened: I had fever of 104, sensitive and painful skin, horrible head and body aches, and fatigue. Baths have helped with my aching body, and warm drinks have soothed my throat. Comment from: Amanda, Female (Patient) Published: December 16 I woke up with a mild sore throat and stayed home from school. I couldn't swallow my own saliva without a sharp, aching pain in my throat. It had felt like someone poured acid down the back of my throat. Sunday morning my mom took me to a Patient First clinic and they tested me positive for strep. They gave me amoxicillin and told me to take it three times a day, along with Advil and Mucinex. Comment from: Helene, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14 I have never had strep throat and I am 64 years old. I was admitted to the hospital because I lost my voice and I tested positive for strep throat. I gargled with salt water because my throat hurt so badly. They had me on intravenous antibiotics for three days and they sent me home with amoxicillin. It's been three days since I left the hospital and I can't stop coughing.