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    White Patches on Tonsils
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    An_249623 posted:
    I had what I thought may have been strep throat about a week ago. My throat was sore, and it hurt to swallow. I also felt like I didn't have much energy and there were a few white patches on my tonsils. I didn't go to a doctor I just started gargling with warm salt water and drinking lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Within 2 days all pain had gone away. I seem to be fine now but the white patches are still there. Should I be worried?
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    White patches are not a sign of Strep. They are more likely to be associated with a viral infection, but sometimes that viral infection is mono. If your energy has not returned, getting a mono test (EBV panel) would be helpful. If you are almost better, than it probably is not necessary.

    The white patches (although I can't see them) may be tonsillar exudate, so gargle with the salt water (just a 1/4 tsp of salt to an 8 oz glass). You don't need to use the lemon juice and vinegar unless you enjoy that sour taste.


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