Strep Throat


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Comment from: SamB, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I unfortunately get strep throat often. I went to Urgent Care and the rapid test confirmed it. As usual, I got prescribed penicillin 3 times a day for 10 days. However, this time I also got a dose of steroids to swallow at the doctor’s as well. They told me it would kick in after a few hours and help with the pain for 36 to 72 hours. Wow! I can’t believe I never had this before. It totally helped with pain after 3 hours! I can tell my throat is still raw so I’m eating liquids to be safe.

Comment from: Kc8888, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst throat pain. Trying to swallow or sip water was unreal. That day I went to the doctor, tested positive for strep throat, and was given 1000 mg of amoxicillin every 12 hours. The pain in my throat was better in less than 12 hours. It was like a bad sore throat as opposed to the intense razor blades. No more fever. About 48 hours after starting antibiotics I felt almost back to normal. It is 4 days now, I feel under the weather every now and then but it passes.

Comment from: E, 35-44 (Patient) Published: February 26

Day 1 of strep throat, gums hurt. Day 2, my stomach hurt; cramping like I was bloated, but I was going to the bathroom. That night I had severe headache and was dizzy. Day 3, had a sore throat was tired and my neck was very stiff. Day 4 I couldn’t move. Everything hurt; head, teeth, nose, throat, body aches. I just knew this was flu. I went to Urgent Care and was diagnosed. Pain in my throat went away quickly with antibiotics, but this is day 5 on antibiotics and I am still fatigued and still have phlegm. This is the worst infection!

Comment from: Cassie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I felt my throat getting scratchy late Thursday night. I ate a raw clove of garlic, knowing this is a cure to viral sore throats and colds. I woke up all through the night with a fever. Took cold and flu medicine and sucked on garlic cloves like candy. All symptoms but sore throat subsided. Which is odd because garlic kills everything. That’s how I knew it was strep throat. Looked inside and saw the pus streaks on my throat. I got 600 mg penicillin twice a day for ten days. I have this horrible headache now.

Comment from: Effstrep, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

Mild strep throat symptoms (body aches, slight sore throat) started Wednesday, and by Thursday morning I woke up with moderate throat and tonsil pain, and very swollen lymph nodes. I took some Aleve and Tylenol cold and flu, but Thursday night and Friday I was completely miserable. I did not sleep well due to the piercing feeling of razor blades in my throat and the inability to regulate my body temperature. I went from extreme chills and cold to being drenched in sweat. Saw the doctor on Friday, was given 500 ml penicillin 4 times/day. It's Saturday and I still feel bad.

Comment from: Kabir, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

My strep throat lasted for more than 2 weeks.

Comment from: Teresa59, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

Because of strep throat it hurts if I swallow something, when I eat or drink.

Comment from: Maddy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I am experiencing strep throat since last 2 months and it is still persisting even after taking antibiotics (azithromycin). With antibiotics it is only a temporary relief for 1 or 2 days and thereafter it is recurring. This has happened after holidaying from Thailand. I have done throat swab test twice and reported Streptococcus pneumoniae. Other symptoms are very low fever (up to 98 deg F), mild headache, some joint pain (not all the time), neck pain - in the lymph nodes. I am worried now.

Comment from: first time strep , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I came home from work one day feeling more exhausted than usual. I went to bed early. Woke up the next morning with a headache, a fever and an excruciating pain in my throat. I took a look at my throat with my phone light and my tonsils were so red with white pus spots all over them. I went to the emergency room. The doctor there diagnosed me with strep throat immediately and put me on penicillin VK. It is now day 4 of the medication and I feel completely better. Still exhausted but no throat pain and the pus is gone!

Comment from: Jeff of Michigan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I've had strep throat a handful of times in my life. I can't remember a time worse than now. I went to the hospital on the Wednesday when they gave me a swab but no treatment. I went back on Wednesday before they finally gave me penicillin. This is now Saturday evening and I feel no better at all. I haven't eaten in a week. If I'm not getting better by Monday, I'll be finding another doctor. I can say though that it looks better under a flashlight (that doesn't help…).


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Comment from: Stacey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

My strep throat started off differently and I am still not sure it's related, but I started with a swollen eye like conjunctivitis, 2 days later still had swollen eye, then a sore throat and swollen glands, so I went to the doctor. The doctor said it's all just viral and it should be better by itself. I made 2 more doctor visits over 3 more days and it was finally diagnosed as strep. I am on day 7, it is still painful but antibiotics are helping.

Comment from: Angie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

Friday morning I had a scratchy throat and drank tea all day. By that evening I had a fever. I checked for signs of strep throat myself and saw nothing. Saturday morning I was fighting a fever of 102.7 and it actually does feel like razors in your throat. I went to urgent care. They diagnosed me with strep. I was put on amoxicillin 875 mg 2 times a day for 10 days. By Sunday night I had absolutely no relief still, 102 fever, chills, and my entire body hurt. I ended up getting a penicillin shot. I wish strep on no one!

Comment from: This pain sucks, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

On a Wednesday I noticed that I had a scratchy feeling in the back of my throat. It started getting worse by Friday and I was taking ibuprofen to ease the pain thinking it'll pass in a few days. I went out drinking on Saturday and Sunday. Monday morning, I was in excruciating pain on the right side of my throat. I could hardly swallow any food. I took a look at my throat and saw that my right tonsil was really red and swollen. On Tuesday I went to urgent care, got diagnosed with strep throat, and got amoxicillin. It is 48 hours and still hurts.

Comment from: In need of relief, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had a swollen tonsil on Thursday with a little bit of infection. Friday my throat hurt worse, both tonsils were red and swollen. Saturday morning I woke up thinking I had the flu! Both tonsils were covered with strep infection. I am on day 4 of amoxicillin and my throat still hurts. I have chills every night before bed, and fatigue. Infection is slowly fading.

Comment from: Llm, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

It took me 2 weeks to receive penicillin from doctors as blood test was needed to confirm strep throat. I have a swollen lump in my throat that is agony. I have been taking codeine to take away the pain and I'm now able to eat some soft foods again. You get very emotional and completely tests your resolve. Day 2, I am on penicillin now and see a small improvement, but still a way to go.

Comment from: Dawn, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I'm a college student who can't afford health insurances so when my throat started hurting I tried ignoring it at first. Sunday was when I could no longer swallow solid food and it was not till Wednesday that I went to my school nurses who sent me straight to the doctors saying it was strep throat. I learned the school has a deal with the local hospital so that it is no cost to me for going and was able to get on 5 days of medication. I worry though that 5 days will not be enough, I am on day 4 and it still hurts a lot.

Comment from: Andrew, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I had headache all day Sunday, slight sore throat on Tuesday plus headache and fever 101.4. I also had enlarged lymph nodes both sides of my throat. I went to Urgent care on Wednesday, the doctor diagnosed bacterial strep throat (no runny nose or cough). I got 10 days amoxicillin, started noon Wednesday. Tylenol was not much help; ibuprofen helps headache but I have sensitive stomach. Smoothies help but weirdly my throat’s not too bad. It is day 3 of amoxicillin, I am still getting headache and fever around 100.5 when ibuprofen wears off. My tip is, reduce stress so you don’t catch these things.

Comment from: Catblue, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I used to get strep throat once a year. Cleaning my house and getting an exterminator helped, it was caused by mice urine and droppings, and roaches. I took a spoonful of honey mustard followed by a cup of honey lemon or ginger tea, then 2 Motrin and a hot shower with essential oils (thieves or eucalyptus) then ate a big bowl of soup with lots of salt and garlic. I ate salty soup all day and took my antibiotics. I applied warm and cold compresses on throat and back of neck. It lasted 3 to 7 days.

Comment from: Ellen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

Never been so exhausted, strep throat really drains you for several days. I had aching eyes and massive headache when standing up. Headache was constant though. My muscles felt really weak. High fever for 24 hours then a bit better the next morning as I slept constantly, although I had a bit of dizziness. Throat hurt and had gross white spots all over the tonsils. At the nurses' I was diagnosed after she saw my throat and was given 10 days of antibiotics, with painkillers. Pills helped a lot after a day. After that throat got better quickly.


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Comment from: Timmy C, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

My strep throat lasted three months and it felt like I was gargling razor blades the whole time. Nothing helped. Not even antibiotics. I had to drink Big Macs I'd blended up in the blender into a slurry, to survive. I had constant diarrhea.

Comment from: danie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

It started off feeling like it was a simple cold for the first two days, it wasn't until I felt the chills and body aches that I started to think it was something more. I coughed the entire night keeping myself awake. I went to the clinic on the third day, and at this point I couldn't go without a lozenge in my mouth because the pain was too much. I was experiencing throat pain, fever spikes, ear aches, and headaches. Probably the worst I’ve felt in a long time. Day 5, I’ve started to feel better.

Comment from: Rezkaz, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

This strep throat (confirmed by throat swab results) comes on so fast, I thought bacteria needs time to spread! I went to the doctor one day after feeling terrible, I was given IV seeing how weak I was. My temperature was 39.8 Celsius. I couldn’t even walk, the night chills were insane and I have been on 1 gram tablets of Augmentin twice daily. It is day 3, it still hurts when I swallow, and that’s with taking all the painkillers and mouthwash prescribed to me by the doctor. I am just shocked.

Comment from: RubianPrincess11, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I felt something funny in the very back of my throat when I swallowed. I knew something was off. So I took 2 Advil and the pain went away. I took my phone flashlight to see the throat; nothing looked off, except a very small white pus-like thing behind my left tonsil. I didn’t think anything of it and I waited till the morning. Oh boy, woke up with throat killed! I felt super tired, had headache and was just plain drained. I assumed I was getting a cold. I went to work (bad choice), felt worse as the day went on, my energy was zapped and I was continuously getting chills. So the moment I got home, now with a swollen lymph node on the left side (hurt to the touch), looked in my throat again; the left tonsil was super blistered and very red. I now had a fever (100.7) and was shivering with chills too. Never made it to the doctor because I was so tired I fell asleep on the couch. The next morning, I had white spots forming on both tonsils now and the back of my throat. I knew I had strep, so I rushed to urgent care and sure enough I tested positive for strep. Doctor put me on amoxicillin 875 mg, one tablet twice a day for 10 days. It's been 24 hours and I've definitely notice a big time difference. I feel a lot better. Throat still looks a mess, but throat pain is nearly gone. Headache here and there, but nothing too bad. Doctor says it's a good thing I came in before it got a lot worse.

Comment from: Allie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I started feeling a scratchy pain in the back of my throat. I was expecting this because my partner said that they had some throat pain and went to the doctor to check it out and it wasn't strep. After 2 days I was fairly certain it was strep. I checked my throat and I saw the white pus streaks and swollen tonsils. However this was on a Saturday and I didn't want to go to the emergency room (ER) so I was going to stick it out for 2 days. However this was a bad idea. I woke up early the next morning to the most excruciating pain in my throat. I could not swallow or breathe. I went to the ER and the doctor took one look at my throat and said that he didn't even need test swabs and that I most definitely had strep. So I got penicillin acetaminophen, ibuprofen and some numbing lozenges for my trouble. I ate mostly liquids like soups and mashed potatoes. Drinking hot tea and gargling salt water helped a bit with the pain as well. I went through this whole ordeal getting chills and then hot flashes whenever the painkillers wore off. My throat is feeling well enough now, 3 days later, although my tonsils are raw the strep has mostly subsided. Moral of the story is: if you think it could be strep, just go to the doctors instead of avoiding it. It will save you a lot of pain in the long run.

Comment from: julyjade24, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I woke up at 5 am on a Sunday with a fever, body aches, and really bad sore throat. I took an ibuprofen and went back to bed. When I woke up, the fever subsided a bit (down to 99.7, low grade) but I still had joint aches and a sore throat. I checked myself for white patches at the back of my throat but didn't see anything so I thought I maybe had mononucleosis or a bad case of tonsillitis. On Monday the fever was gone but I still had slight aches and a severe sore throat so I went to the doctor's on Tuesday morning. Rapid strep test came back positive and I'm on 500 mg penicillin-VK 3 times a day for 10 days. I've been warned that my gut microbiota will be killed off so I bought probiotic supplements to take.

Comment from: ManlyOscar, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I recently got strep throat. I had noticed that a gland by my neck was swollen but since it wasn’t painful I didn’t think much of it. After about a week I started getting excruciating pain in my throat, I couldn’t sleep because it hurt so much. About 3 days later I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with strep throat. I was given a strong dose of penicillin to take twice a day. It’s been the third day on the antibiotic and the pain has gone away for the most part. I'm really happy with the results and I am sure I will be better after the 10 day dosage. If you believe you have strep, you should contact a doctor immediately. The symptoms I had included: swollen tonsil with white pus on it (used my phone flashlight to check) and swollen lymph node. Good luck and I hope my experience was helpful to you.

Comment from: slygirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have had strep throat many times when I was younger, and here I am again with it! I went to the walk in clinic the night before and do not feel better, I am on a shot and a 10 day supply of penicillin. This will take at least 3 days to kick in and I start getting better. Good luck to all, take it easy. Rest and soda with crushed ice helps.

Comment from: chocolate&tea, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

On Sunday morning I suddenly felt very ill, almost fainted while I was taking my little one out for a walk. I came home and I had chills and 39.5 degrees fever. I thought it was just a bad cold or flu because now it is the flu season. I started taking paracetamol 500 mg. On Monday morning I woke up with the worst throat pain, the back of my throat was covered with white spots. I was very lucky that I got an appointment the same day, diagnosed with strep throat, and was given phenoxymethylpenicillin 250 mg, 2 tablets 4 times a day. I kept taking paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain and fever, Strepsils, tea, and salt water. I am so desperate that I am eating honey, garlic, and cayenne pepper mix. Today is Wednesday I no longer have chills or fever but everything else still there, I hope that my little one will not get this, strep throat is evil.

Comment from: JamesCA, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

This is my first time having strep throat and it is horrible. I'm on day 4 now and the throat pain is excruciating. I usually do not take over the counter medication but I can't take the pain anymore. I have been taking the following to reduce the pain; Halls drops (3 at a time), Chloraseptic spray, gargle apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and honey mix, Motrin/Tylenol and I try to eat non-solid foods. I went to the doctor and got amoxicillin antibiotics but I will have to wait until tomorrow to see if it works. This is something I definitely want to avoid!

Comment from: vermonter802, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I started feeling ill two days ago, and went to the doctor yesterday with a sore throat, fever, severe headache, stiff muscles and extreme fatigue. Strep test came back positive and I was put on antibiotics for 10 days and was told to get Benadryl and Maalox, put 1/2 a teaspoon of each in medicine cup and gurgle and swallow 4x per day. It all seems to be helping my throat, but my headache has been constant and severe worsened by any type of movement.

Comment from: ithurts, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I got the first symptom of strep throat on Sunday evening, and it was mild on Monday. Main issues were swallowing food or even saliva and slight fever around 100 and body ache. On Tuesday morning everything got worse and unbearable, I had difficulty speaking, and the saliva got thicker with white discharge. Even to spit out to collect the saliva from the mouth was extremely painful, let alone swallowing. I would feel like the saliva would always get stuck on the throat and never go in. And I also got very tender lymph nodes. Everything was happening only on the right side. When I went to the doctor on Tuesday, looking at the severity, he diagnosed me with strep throat. He gave me antibiotic cefdinir 300 mg for a 10 day course. Now today is Monday, 7th day since I started taking antibiotic, nothing changed. In fact painful regions by 5th day of symptoms (3rd day of antibiotic) increased, like severe ear ache (right side), and muscle and toothache (right side). I have to be on ibuprofen round the clock to bear the earache, throat pain, etc. I am not sure why it is taking so long.

Comment from: Melissa in Canada, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I woke up Saturday middle of the night feeling that tell-tale tickle in my throat that I might be getting a cold. By Sunday morning my throat was a little sore and my skin all over my back, hips and arms was very sensitive to touch. By late morning that same day I was so weak I could barely walk and was bundled up on the coach with chills, headache, and very sore throat. Monday I could barely get out of bed all day. Very sore throat, extremely sensitive skin, weak muscles and joint pain, very swollen neck glands, chills and sweats. I sweated all Monday night. Tuesday morning I had a look at my tonsils and knew I needed antibiotics - white goo everywhere. My doctor couldn't see me but the nurse did a rapid strep test, which she said was very positive. After taking one look at me the doctor suddenly had room to squeeze me in. So happy I didn't have to wait in an emergency room. I'm on penicillin and ibuprofen for the pain. It's now my second day of antibiotics and I feel a bit better but throat still hurts and I am sweating like crazy. I have ringing in my ears and vivid dreams preventing good sleep. Ice cream sounds appealing, but I know the sugar is the worst thing for my immune system right now so I am eating soups, tea, and cold fruit and yogurt smoothies.

Comment from: Patty M., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I had extremely sore throat, white pustules and white slimy streaks on tonsil, and pain in my left ear. So off I went to my doctor. I've had thrush often from inhalers; so that's what I thought I had. I was surprised when I was told it was probably strep throat. Rapid culture came back negative. Culture was sent to another lab. I had to wait at home another 5 days for culture to grow, and to get results. That one came back positive for strep throat. I have been on amoxicillin for 6 days with no relief. I called my doctor who said it can take up to 2 weeks to get relief from strep! I was told to gargle with warm salt water.

Comment from: Meatball, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

After 2 days of mild sore throat I woke up shivering with fever, no energy, no appetite and severe sore throat. I waited a couple days before going to doctor; big mistake. My throat felt like there were razor blades in it and my entire body ached. I went back and forth between shivering and sweating. Quick strep test came up negative but doctor was convinced I had strep and started me on amoxicillin. Three days later I was not feeling better and by then my throat culture came back positive with group B strep. Doctor put me on a stronger antibiotic and after 2 days I'm finally seeing some improvement. I don’t recall ever bring so ill. If you suspect strep, do not wait to see doctor. You need antibiotics as soon as possible or it will get much worse. Around day 5 I developed a nagging headache. Today is day 9, I still have no appetite but I can finally swallow without pain. You will need soup, decaf tea, applesauce, yogurt, honey lozenges, pain medications, and lots of rest. You will feel like you've been hit by a truck. I don't wish this on anyone. I hope you feel better soon.

Comment from: andy26, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

One month ago I was diagnosed of tonsillar infection and was prescribed with antibiotics. I got better, but just after 1 month the same condition occurred again. I went to a doctor, I did throat culture with negative results, and completed again a week course of antibiotic. I’m still experiencing pain in swallowing, I have white streaks in my tonsils, I have productive cough and colds, yet I don’t have fever. I wonder if I have strep throat.

Comment from: Sean, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I still have this weird lump like a chunk of something inside my throat that has moved down just above my chest a week and a half after having strep throat for five days.

Comment from: Nodzkie , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

Early hours Saturday morning whilst sipping water, the left side of my throat started to feel uncomfortable so I brushed it off as a cold coming on me. I went to bed and when I woke up I was in agony that I've never felt before. My ears and head had shooting pains going through them like electric shocks, my bones were hurting, and I couldn't move my neck. It felt like I had just come out of hospital from a serious head injury. Anyway yesterday, enough was enough, I walked myself down to the doctors, almost fainting from feeling so weak with not eating for all those days and I was given antibiotics which has cleared the strep throat up a little. The thing is, the doctor told me that it was just a throat infection. But now every time I swallow, it feels like there's a lump at the bottom of my throat down by my neck. Also, this throat infection or whatever it is feels like glass when you swallow. Hope you all get better soon or have made full recoveries.

Comment from: Unluckyguy, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

I've gotten strep throat twice in my life, this time being the second. I've had it for about 5 days now, and haven't gotten antibiotics because I lack insurance like the irresponsible young adult that I am. For the first four days the pain in my throat even while not swallowing was decently agonizing, and swallowing felt to me like broken glass was sliding down my throat. Just last night I was finally able to rest and am feeling slightly better. My advice is if you think you may have strep, definitely go to a doctor and get something to help; it's definitely not worth going through without medicine. I certainly won't make this mistake again.

Comment from: I hate strep, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

Day 1, I started with a fever (39.1 C), body aches, and chills. Day 2, still had all that plus sore throat. Day 3, fever and body aches subsided but the sore throat was strong this time; couldn't eat or drink without having excruciating pain. It felt like razor blades in my throat. Day 3, I saw my general physician and was put on antibiotics (amoxicillin) for strep throat. Day 4 and 5 the initial antibiotics didn't work so I was put on Augmentin Duo Forte, a much stronger antibiotic. Day 5 to 7 my throat still hurts. This is an awful illness to have.

Comment from: susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I've had strep throat for 3 days, my fever is gone but my throat is still real sore. I went to the doctor and am taking antibiotics.

Comment from: RJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I never had strep until I was 24 and in the military. One night I had a very slightly scratchy throat when I started shift, by the next morning I couldn't swallow and felt like death warmed over. The first antibiotic they gave me didn't do anything, I had to be taken by my squad leader to the emergency room five days later to get stronger antibiotics, after I passed out from not eating for four days. I remember, besides the sore throat, my entire body hurting. Even my hair hurt. Not a fun time. I caught it again yesterday. Throat was a little scratchy in the early evening but I didn't think much of it, then I started to get achy but I just figured it was all the rain. Then I spent the entire night feeling progressively worse, pounding headache, severe body aches, and of course a raw throat with swollen lymph nodes and a fever of 102. I did get into a clinic straight away so I'm already on antibiotics. Hopefully I will feel at least somewhat better soon. Terrible early Christmas gift.

Comment from: Lee, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

I had bronchitis, which turned into asthmatic bronchitis and then last Saturday I developed a pain in throat when swallowing. It's Thursday now and my strep throat seems to be getting worse every day. Now it hurts in one corner when I talk or clear my throat as well as swallowing. It's almost like a muscle pull in my throat. I had some amoxcillin here so I have been taking 500 mg 2 times a day for the last four days. My doctor prescribed Levaquin but as I am still on a low dose of prednisone for the asthmatic bronchitis I felt that was too harsh on muscles and tendons together.

Comment from: dee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I woke up Saturday and my right gland was swollen. I didn't think much about it as that's a pretty common sign for me that I'm about to get sick or my body is trying to fight off something. By two O’clock that afternoon, I started having what I thought were flu like symptoms. My head started to hurt, I was feeling nauseous to my stomach and I had a fever and chills. I took some over the counter medicine and tried to sleep it off. I woke up around 12:30 am early Sunday morning and I was so weak I could barely stand. I managed to get myself to the emergency room unaware at that time that my tonsils where completely white. I tested positive for strep in the ER and was given a form of penicillin to take for 10 days and some Motrin. Sunday night I changed my clothes three times from night sweats. Monday morning I felt like I had not made any improvement in that 24 hour period so I followed up at my regular doctor. I was still running a fever and I had this massive headache accompanied by an excruciating pain in my right ear. My doctor took me off the pills and gave me the one time shot, within the next few hours I started to feel some relief from the pressure in my head and my ear. I stayed in bed the entire day in hopes that when I woke up this morning I would somehow feel better. The pain in my throat and my ear remain. I’m not sure how long this thing has to run its course, but I sure will be glad when it’s over, and surely I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

Yuck. I thought it was just a virus, so I let it go for about 5 days. The throat pain was terrible and getting worse rather than better. When I went to the doctor three days ago, the rapid test came back positive for strep. She gave me penicillin and lidocaine. The lidocaine was absolutely useless; it created more pain when I swallowed it than it relieved when it took effect. One thing that did help me, though, is frozen cola drinks - slushees, icees, whatever they call them in your area. It's still very sore when I talk, but it's much better and I'm going to try to go back to work tomorrow. 8 days of pain and counting!

Comment from: PEP, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 24

I have two children, ages 8 and 9, both have tested positive for strep. The symptoms started very differently for both of them. My 8 year old started Last Friday night with a rash, spreading from his head to his bum. We thought it was MEASLES, but then it was followed by a slight fever, chills, pains in his muscles and sore throat, stuffy nose, irritated eyes. My 9 year, old's symptoms started Monday night. He has been suffering from a near migraine headache for 2 days, sore throat so bad he can barely drink anything, won’t eat, can’t sleep, and has a slight fever. The doctor has tested them both and is 95% sure it’s strep. They are removed from school for minimum 10 days, or until all symptoms are gone and they aren’t contagious.

Comment from: ciscomann, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

It started a week ago, not really a sore throat, more just a swollen gland on the right side. I was already taking pain killers for another illness, otherwise I would assume the pain would have been much worse. Yesterday, I woke up unable to speak without pain. I could definitely tell when the painkillers wore off, the gland pain had now moved to the left gland, and it was much more swollen, almost completely shut. My doctor could not see me until Wednesday night, so I went to a walk-in clinic. They were pretty good. They did a strep test right there with 90% accuracy for strep. They also sent in a throat culture. I won't get the results back for a few days, but I know I've never had throat pain like this before. They started me on 500 mg of penicillin four times a day for 10 days. Hopefully the pain goes away soon. Luckily, I have no other symptoms or fever.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I began to develop a sore throat last Friday, Aug. 8th while vacationing in Germany. I could feel the tingling sensation beginning. By Monday (3 days later), the pain had intensified to the pain a bad sore throat usually brings, so that was nothing new to me just some pain. On Tuesday Aug 12th, I left the city I was in to go to Hamburg and upon arrival I could tell this was much more than a bad sore throat. The pain was getting to the point of something I never had experienced. The symptoms all pointed to strep. I consumed lots and lots of tea with honey and lemon to help which did a bit. Avoid chocolate or acidic drinks. Even that still hurts and now its August 17th. I went to seek medical attention (August 15th), a week after everything started, and was prescribed Amoxicillin to remove the bacteria (1 week dosage) as well as strong lozenges to soothe. Everything is about 50% better now and it is exactly 9 days later since it all started. I'm sure by Friday my throat should be back to 100% meaning 2 weeks from start to finish. Never had strep. Never want it again. Self-diagnosis is easy: You don’t have a runny nose or cough yet you experience intense pain in the throat, intense pain when swallowing even own saliva, a bit of fever. The doctor could also do a blood test and within ten minutes check the bacteria levels in your blood rather than a strep test which can take a day to receive results.

Comment from: Chillbox40, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

My symptoms of strep throat were same as everybody else. After taking amoxicillin 875, pain went away after 3 days.

Comment from: Sophia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I had a sore throat that went from agitating to intense pain in 24 hours. My head hurt. I felt sick to my stomach and had ear pain. I went to the emergency room on Sunday morning and tested positive for Strep. The pain was more intense than any pain I had felt. Although I have been on an antibiotic for seven straight days, my throat is still sore.

Comment from: OhioRN, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 27

I never had strep throat until I reached my thirties. I had fatigue, chills, a hypersensitive gag reflex, nausea, and aversions to food and smells with terrible stomach pain. It was totally not fun and I think I have it again.

Comment from: sandrav0312, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had strep throat and instead of taking antibiotics which I'm allergic to, I did apple cider vinegar gargles. The first day I felt instant relieve from pain. You have to do the apple cider vinegar every waking hour on the hour though. Try 6 oz. distilled water, 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, mix them well together and do gargles with it one tbsp at a time. Remember do the same every hour and you will feel getting better right away. Remember to fully wash every item you use the bathroom. Wash with hot water and antibacterial soap.

Published: June 14

By the end of the day it hurt to swallow. I couldn't sleep that night. In the morning my head hurt too badly to stay sitting upright. I went into a walk-in clinic got a rapid strep test and it was positive. I have been in bed for two days.

Comment from: Zachel, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 26

After suffering for nearly a week I found a routine that will keep the pain of strep throat at bay. A gargle of saltwater was helpful, followed by hot soup with a chilled fruit smoothie to drink. The combination of the hot and cold meal kept my throat from hurting for a good 4-6 hours (at the very least the pain was tolerable at the 4 hour mark).

Comment from: felipe, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I had this, which I caught from my daughter. At the same time I had the flu. The strep somehow got into my blood stream and got stuck in my right upper leg above my knee. My leg got swollen within 3 days to the point where I couldn't see my knee. The only way to have it removed was to have surgery because it embedded under my leg muscles. I was in the hospital for a week. And cost me 36 grand, but I'm walking now.

Comment from: Christian, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I've had strep throat for the last 4 days. My throat is still sore, but what helps the most is popsicles, as they cool the throat and calm the coughing at night.

Comment from: Jo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

Had the worst sore throat I have ever had before. I have had tonsillitis before but that was nothing compared to this pain. Thought it was a bad cold, so didn't ring doctor, and I couldn't eat for 10 days. The only thing that helped was room temperature soda water. Then the fever started, hot and cold sweats. Then the runny nose. Then the skin started peeling off my fingers and hands. I felt like a leper! I tried getting into doctor, but it’s usually a five-day wait, and I kept thinking, I would get better. Finally I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with not only strep infection, but also flu virus which has now developed into sinusitis. Doctor gave me severe lecture and his home phone to call if it ever occurred again and told me... I could have died!

Comment from: busymom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

2 nights ago I had slight pain in my left tonsil. When I woke up yesterday morning, I had a sore throat and I felt under the weather but did not think it was anything serious. I got worse by the minute. By the afternoon I had such severe sore throat that I'd rather spit out my saliva than swallow it. Splitting headache, horrible joint pain, tenderness on the side of the neck, fever, sweating, sensitive skin to the touch, ringing ears and they also felt "full". I felt like a truck went over me a couple of times. My chest, my stomach hurts as well. It seems that it is even worse when I lay down. I am light headed and weak, I don't feel like doing anything. I thought that the night will bring me some relief but I got worse by this morning. How can that be? :) I couldn't even swallow water. But what really helped is ice cream. Anything really cold. It gets much better after eating it. An hour ago I started on antibiotics and I am hoping it'll go away soon. Until then, plenty of ice cream. :))

Comment from: Sunshine9876, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I was just diagnosed with strep throat. I am 36 yrs of age and have never been diagnosed with strep throat. The symptoms of strep throat are strange. Saturday evening the left side of my throat started feeling very sensitive; almost like I had burned the left side of my throat. I could see that it was red but I felt good otherwise. I had no fever, no coughing or sneezing no body aches...I thought in a few days it would go away on its own. Wrong! Wednesday morning I could hardly swallow, the pain was intense. When I looked in the mirror I had this huge whit spot on the back of the left tonsil wall. I immediately called the doctor but could not get an appointment until next day. I decided to go to a walk in clinic and was diagnosed with strep throat. I am now on amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times a day for 10 days plus Advil for the pain. It is now day 6 of throat pain, however, day 3 on antibiotics, my throat still hurts and I still have the white patch on the back of my throat; left side only. The right side of my throat never hurt and never had the white patches on I said in the beginning weird. I hope I never get strep throat again...very painful. The only thing that helps is to drink lots of fluids, eat lots of ice cream and rest your body.

Comment from: 7-12 Female Published: August 27

My 9 year old came home from school on Wednesday complaining that she felt sick in the belly. That night she felt hot to touch and she woke up through the night saying her throat was really sore and she needed a drink. I checked her temp and it was up, so I hit her with some Panadol which gave her a bit of relief because she finally went back to sleep. Next morning she did not move from the lounge, couldn't eat, barely drink and said her head was aching and her eyes were sore. We were lucky enough to get into the Doctor who said it was Strep throat and prescribed some Penicillin. Last night she had a better sleep but was scratching at her belly which had a bit of an itchy looking rash on it. Today is the third day and she has not had any Panadol at all and is looking and feeling much better, thank goodness.

Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

My husband is 43 years old and started having symptoms last Thursday 5 days ago. He went to the emergency room where they covered him with ice packs to lower the 103.5 temperature. Then they did a strep throat culture and it was positive. They sent him home with 500 mg penicillin for 10 days and Ibuprofen 800 mg for pain. Today is Monday and he is still very sick with sore throat, swollen glands, vomiting, nausea, no appetite and a fever of 102.3. We are about to go back to the emergency room cause we called our clinic and they said give the antibiotics more time. The emergency room discharge papers said if not feeling any better within 3 days to return to the ER, so that is what we are about to do.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I began feeling a little bit of a sore throat on Sunday afternoon but wasn't concerned because a flu was going around. Monday I went to work and had to leave after 4 hours because of swelling and pain on the left side of my throat. I checked my temperature when I got home and it was 103.8. I began taking 2 Tylenol every 4 hours for the next 2 days and could not get the fever any lower then 102. I had severe throat pain, earache, chills, joint pain, and vomiting. Finally on Wednesday afternoon I went to see a doctor. He took a swab and said it was strep throat. Prescribed penicillin and Tylenol 3. Today is Friday and I still have the earache and sore throat but at least the other symptoms are gone.

Comment from: grandma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat and thought nothing of it. By 10 in the morning, I got the chills and could not get warm. By noon, the sore throat felt like a lump and the headache I went home. I slept for the rest of the day and most of Tuesday. When I woke, I found that the pain was so severe I couldn't eat or drink anything, or talk and had difficulty breathing. I went to the doctor immediately who took a throat swab and gave me a prescription for a mouth rinse (gargle) to help numb the throat. After using it a few times it numbed the throat enough that I could eat. On Friday it was confirmed that I had strep throat and put on penicillin for 2 weeks.

Comment from: Yvonne, 55-64 Female Published: May 17

I found out on a Monday. I thought I had flu like symptoms and tried everything to get rid of it. A couple of days later I got worse and my daughter told me she had strep throat. We were going through the same thing. So I called the doctor and got in the same day and was told I had it. It was the worst feeling in the world. I had never experienced anything like it. I had white spot at the back of my throat, my tongue was covered with something white; I ached badly. I was light-headed with a very sore throat, and it was hard to swallow. I also had back pain, loss of appetite, and stomach pain. I couldn't eat what I wanted. I had to have yogurt or something soft or smooth to not irritate my throat. The doctor gave me some antibiotic and pain pills. Today is Saturday and I feel better. The only thing that is bothers me now is my lower back and stomach. Hopefully, in a couple of days that will be gone too.

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: May 10

When I had strep throat, my symptoms included painful and difficult swallowing, severe joint pain, fever, chills, and fatigue. Ibuprofen made the pain slightly bearable. I began oral antibiotics and the symptoms began to resolve after two days of treatment.

Comment from: dcscrapping, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

About four days ago I was having a sore throat and muscle aches. I thought the aches were from my Fibro so I took some Ibuprofen. The sore throat got worse and I went to the doctor. He was on call, didn't do a test and told me I had an ear infection. I knew it was wrong but went home with antibiotics. I went back yesterday and was told I had strep. The test did come back negative because of the antibiotics I had been taking. I'm absolutely miserable with the sore throat. I can't remember a time that my throat hurt that bad.

Comment from: preschooldirector, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I work at a preschool and am prone to allergies. So, when I came down with head congestion, drainage, cough and a scratchy throat, I put it down to allergies and added additional allergy meds to my usual allergy meds. However, children at preschool were being diagnosed with strep throat. After 10 days of symptoms, my cough was much worse and my throat got sore. The quick swab for strep came back positive. I'm on antibiotics, a medicine to calm my throat down, and a steroid for the congestion.

Comment from: flawsandall, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had strep throat before as a child. I don't recall the experience being this awful. I started having splitting headaches that could not be eased. Within a few days I had fever, ear pain, stomach pain, sweating, and the worst pain I have ever experience in my throat. The other night, I went in night shift on my job and it was the worst night. I could not get my fever under control. It ran 102.5 degrees most of the night. The next day I went to my local emergency room and was diagnosed with strep throat. I was prescribed meds and let go. I am feeling a little better but the pain is still horrible.

Comment from: GOOBABY, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

My sore throat lasted about three days. I noticed that drinking cool water helped. Another thing that helped quite a bit was sore throat spray. Of course, rest and plenty of fluids are your best bet!

Comment from: 2tired, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I've had strep before and it was always a horrid mess of pus and pain in my throat. This time it is different for about 8 days. I've been feeling very lethargic, stuffed nose, congestion etc. My throat started hurting then got better. I finally went to doctor for the fatigue and tested negative for strep in the office, but positive 2 days later! I'm on medications for two days now because I'm allergic to everything else. I feel horrible. I have joint pain and weakness but no throat pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My throat became tender when swallowing on Feb. 19 and that night I woke up several times with pain when I swallowed. I went to work the next day but began to fell rough. After 4hr I had to leave because the pain was awful when I swallowed and I had a terrible headache that medication didn't help. I went to an urgent care clinic and with tears streaming down my face. The doctor looked down my throat (it hurt so bad I could hardly say "ahh") and seeing white patches, he declared it strep. I was given Penicillin for 10 days & Ibuprofen 800MG. I felt better yesterday although my throat was still tender and I still had a naggy headache. Today I feel much better though I’m still weak and tired. Strep moves quickly: I went from bad to tears in 4 hours. It was some of the worst pain I have experienced in my 48 years!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I felt bad for 2 days and nights and then I went to the doctor on the 3rd day. Got a shot at 9AM, took an oral antibiotic same night and felt a lot better the next day. I went back to work the following day! Took 4 ibuprofen , which worked the best. Feel better soon!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat and swollen, tender glands. I know I was fine the night before because I sang at choir practice. I went to work for one hour, but was feeling too weak to continue, so I left and went to the doctor. I didn't have any fever in the morning, but I did by the time I got to the doctor's office. The doctor didn't think it was strep, because there was no pus in my throat, but he did the swab anyway. Sure enough, it came back positive. He prescribed 10 days of antibiotics, fluids, OTC pain killers, and bed rest until I felt better. After I got home, I was racked with joint pain and was shaking from the chills. I hurt too much to bother taking my temperature. I lay in bed with piles of blankets, in too much pain to sleep. At some time in the afternoon I thought I was going to vomit, but I was too weak to go get a bowl. I just kept willing my stomach to stay calm. The good news is that today the shakes and joint pain are pretty much gone. I am really glad I went to the doctor as soon as I did. Another few hours and I would have been unable to drive.

Comment from: ritathomas, 55-64 Female Published: November 04

I found out I had Strep Throat after swabbing for the flu and strep, I did not have the flu. I have NEVER had strep and do not have my tonsils. I never felt so bad. I was given an antibiotic and Phenergran/Tylenol codeine and Darvocet. I hurt all over but the worst was at the bend of my legs in my groin area. I stayed in the bed four full days only getting up when I absolutely had to.

Comment from: Marion Sheridan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am a 69 year-old pensioner living alone. Symptoms of strep throat began last Friday night (11 Sept). I had difficulty sleeping and my throat felt as if it was shutting down. As the night progressed it became quite painful so I began taking pain killers. Symptoms worsened throughout the following day then on the Sunday I became violently ill (vommiting). By then I couldn't swallow, and my throat was seriously painful. Struggled throughout another night and finally went to the doctor yesterday (Monday). My temperature by then was over 39 ºC (102 ºF), I couldn't swallow painkillers so was in a wretched state. I was prescribed liquid Amoxcyllin for a week followed by the same in tablet form for another week, plus Enerlyte sachets to help replace body fluids. The doctor advised Aspro Clear which is a soluble painkiller. This all seems to be working and I slept much better last night. A bit light-headed but I'm not going anywhere. Obviously my throat is still very sore but it is definitely improving.

Comment from: worst pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

WORST pain EVER! I never have experienced Strep, and never want to experience it again. Cold water helps, but the inability to swallow anything is killing me. I usually don't go to the doctor, but the pain was unbearable and when I finally went on the 2nd day of pain I was given antibiotics and Motrin 800mg. Lots of water, sleep and medication seems to be helping. I'm sure Popsicles would be great, but I don't have anyone to drive to the store to get them for me.

Comment from: jacinda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

My sore throat started on a Monday and by Tuesday I went to the doctor and was given antibiotics and pain meds. It is now Saturday and the pain is worse now than it was when it first started. It has not gotten better for me at all. Throat is still super swollen and it hurts to swallow anything. Getting random fevers and headaches. So I guess it’s different for everyone on how long it lasts. All I know is that strep throat is awful and it is horribly painful.

Comment from: bnuts86, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 29

About three weeks ago I started having really bad chills and sweating ridiculously. My skin was very hot but my core temperature seemed very low. I had a screaming headache and my eyes were very sore. This went on for about a week. Once it stopped, literally the next day, I had a severe sore throat. I looked in the mirror and I saw about 10-12 white spots on the back of my throat (basically canker sores). I was put on Amoxicillin for ten days. My throat was better in about 24 hours. A co-worker told me to change my toothbrush, change my pillow and sheets, and re-wash all of my clothes or it will come back, so I did. The day I ran out of antibiotics, the symptoms starting coming back. I obviously missed something on the sterilization process, so when they say be thorough, they mean it.

Comment from: victoria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had strep throat for 2 full weeks; I was on antibiotics 18 a day in fact for 2 weeks, so much so that one tooth actually rotted away. I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. I have since noticed that my throat is my week area, and I have to have it covered when I feel a sore throat is coming on, by covering my throat. I am able to prevent it getting sore or dry, it really works for me.

Comment from: Lnsmcrow, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have had recurring strep throat accompanied with a fever. I've gotten antibiotics (eurthromyacin) that clears up the infection and pain. Now it's back. It seems to be environmental because others in this area are experiencing the same symptoms.

Comment from: Snoopy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I am a 60 yr. old office worker and last Sunday, Jan 3, I started feeling a sore throat coming on. I just thought it would go away in a couple of days so ignored it until at work on Monday it became a lot worse. I opted to stay home on Tuesday and went to the Doctor to have it checked. She did a swab test and sent it off to the lab not sure if it was Strep or not. She put me on some anti-biotics and by Thursday I was in such horrible pain, my throat I could hardly swallow, the lymph nodes on the right side of my face were swollen and you could visibly see them and I even had severe pain in my right ear. I called my Dr. on Thursday and told her there was no difference so she told me to come in to see her. I did and she just then got the results of the swab test and it was positive for Strep. The doctor then put me on penicillin and it's been 24 hours now and my throat is 85% better but now I'm praying by tomorrow my neck and ear will feel better as I'm still in a lot of bad pain with them. Also I had headaches and fever. I've never felt so much pain in my life and hopefully will never come in contact with strep again!

Comment from: Magma, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 14

I have now been sick for 8 days, diagnosed with strep 3 days ago and still hurting. A friend turned me onto oregano oil and this stuff is amazing! Relieves throat pain within minutes. Doesn’t get rid of the pain but defiantly helps.

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