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hey that thing dangly thing in the back of my throat is swollen

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hey that thing dangly thing in the back of my throat is swollen what does it mean and what should i do
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.

Greetings.

 

Since when is the swelling?

Do you have pain, soreness?

 

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
when i went to sleep last night it was not swollen when i woke up it was swollen and yes i have soreness and i cant drink or eat anything
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

 

This is termed as upper respiratory tract infection. This is likely to be viral infection. Following measures should help you;

 

1) Warm salt water (saline) gargles; three times a day

2) Motrin / Advil / Aleve

3) Avoiding drinking or eating cold things like ice-cream

 

If this persist for more than 4-5 days, you may need a swab test by your physician.

 

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

 

Dr. Arun



Edited by Dr. Arun Phophalia on 12/31/2010 at 7:40 PM EST
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
what is a swab test
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

 

Swab test or a culture test is to identify the bacterial organisms. Sometimes the upper respiratory tract infections are not viral and thus would not subside spontaneously. Swab test identify the bacteria and tell about the best efficacious antibiotic against them.

 

It is privilege assisting you.

 

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
o well this aint the first time i had it i had back in 2009 2 and all the nurse did was gave me some antibiotic and steroid shot!!
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

 

Usually an antibiotic is given, if this does not resolve spontaneously in 3-4 days. Steroid shot is usually not necessary.

 

Dr. Arun