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swollen/distended uvula and swollen throat
cswilson1976 posted:
about 3 weeks ago I had strep, that was confirmed with a rapid test. I was given 10 days of penicilian 4 times a day. It seemed to respond well to that treatment. but since finishing the antibiotics my throat has been getting sore again, and starting around 4am this morning my uvula has been hanging down lower and touching the back of my tounge causing constant gag reflex responses, it is worse when trying to eat/drink anything. I have been keeping my self hydrated, and dont smoke. when i cough it hurts, but if I happen to sneeze its the worse pain I have ever experanced.

I have access to 2 dr's in my area and both are not back until next week sometime. And sitting in the hospital for the next 8 + hours waiting to be seen doesnt sound like fun either.
I have tried taking advil, tylonal compleat. and am now thinking of trying benadryl
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Penicillin is the treatment of choice for Strep, so if you took your prescription properly, the Strep should be gone....assuming you are not a Strep carrier. There can be many reasons for a swollen uvula, including viral infections. Viruses, as you probably know, do not respond to any antibiotic and you can catch a new virus at any point...even when you have Strep.

Unfortunately, I have no way of diagnosing or treating you over the Internet, so I trust you will make the right decision when it comes to getting care. No one wants to sit in a crowded ER, but if you do not have any other choices, like an urgent care facility, that is what you may need to do if your symptoms do not improve, or worsen.

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