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My 16 year old daughter's tonsils are very swollen, the side of her neck has a large bulge. We visited the doctor who took a quick strep test which came out negative. The sample also went to the lab for a more thorough test. We are suspicious of mono. She has been started on an antibiotic. She is taking Tylenol and Advil alternating every 3 hours.My question is two-fold. First pain management. She is in a lot of pain. Do you have any suggestions for something to help ease the pain. Second question - is there a time we need to be concerned enough to take her to emergency? I was told the throat, although very swollen, will not interfere with breathing. Is the a chance something can burst? Anything to watch for or do we just ride out the pain...Thank you.
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No other medical issues, sensitivity to latex, but no contact that we know of. She has had a sore throat on and off for a couple months. Never tested positive for strep. Thank you for your help.

Do you have a picture of her neck?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
thank you. I've attached two pictures.

I absolutely agree

probably mono

I would go to ER if she has trouble swallowing or breathing

I would use ibuprofen for swelling and pain

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thank you for the confirmations, much appreciated. She is feeling a lot of pain, 200 mg of advil is not doing it, do you think we can increase the dosage? She weighs 130 lbs.

Yes, she can take 400-600 no problem

3 x per day

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