Welcome to JustAnswer Health...and thank you for your question. I am a verified Expert and am delighted to help you today. Yes, these are symptoms that are to be expected with this problem. Yes, Ice is the most helpful thing you can do to decrease pain and swelling... you can use bags of frozen vegetables which conform to the area very well. No, I am sorry... the swelling has to go down on it's own which it will now that you are on antibiotics.