• 7 months ago

    Throat infection - white spots

    My wife has had white spots in her throat for about 6 weeks. After the first week, I took her to a redi-med, to see if they could give her some antibiotics, but the doctor said it wasn't strep-throat, and she didn't have a fever, so they told her to just wait it out and her body would fight it off in 1-2 weeks. Today, we can still see the dots, although they are somewhat less compared to several weeks ago, but it still seems abnormally reddish around the spots compared to other areas of the throat, and throughout the day it bothers her only a little. She has never had any fever, but says due to it, she always feels more tired than she usually is. I'm wondering if I should take her back to the redi-med, and pay the money to see if they should take a cotton-swab to see what in particular she has to be able to give her the correct antibiotics to finish it off, or if she should wait more time? She gargles salt-water all the time as they told her to do. Also, I have not caught it.

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  • 6 months ago

    RE: Throat infection - white spots

    Oral thrush — also called oral candidiasis (kan-dih-DIE-uh-sis) — is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your mouth.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Throat infection - white spots

    consider the thrash posibility.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Throat infection - white spots

    consider the thrash posibility.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Throat infection - white spots

    I don't think it's thrush as others have indicated. I've had that, and it's VERY painful, and not just in the throat but all around the gums most of the time. And I think it would have resolved by now. It was not a consideration my any of the docs I've seen. I am having nearly exactly the same symptoms you describe beginning in early January, also with no fever and generally not feeling well with some muscle weakness and tiredness. I have had 3 courses of antibiotics, but after the first two (penicillin and amoxicillin) it came back after a few days to a 2 weeks. I thought perhaps the first time it was because of not throwing away my toothbrush; the second time who knows. During the 3rd course, I've thrown out my ear plugs, all my lipsticks and chapsticks, toothbrush, (again), laundered everything I've slept in or worn for the last month, etc. Before the 3rd course of antibiotics, azithromycin, an ENT told me I had laryngeal reflux (LPR) and post nasal drip. When challenged about symptoms going away quickly with antibiotics he said it was due to the anti-inflammatory effect of the antibiotics, which when researched doesn't seem to be very strong with beta-lactams, the type of antibiotic family of the first 2 courses. My symptoms were lessening some - tonsils less swollen and fewer white spots, feeling a bit less generally icky - when I visited my PCP again out of frustration, and she gave me an Rx for the azithromycin and told me to fill it if I got worse again. When symptoms still hadn't resolved, and I was getting some stomach issues (excessive burping, and soreness in the stomach area) after another week I went ahead with the antibiotics. I was tested for strep twice in the beginning (negative), and later requested that what I did have be cultured, but apparently they don't really do that any more. I am feeling a bit better, but not 100% even after nearly a week post z-pack. I am mainly following the instructions for the LPR, as this may be underlying, but I don't think it's the main cause of sudden onset of what looks like tonsillitis and other symptoms, so I'm not 100% diligent. I share all this to say it's worth going to the MD, but if you can see a specialist, I would, despite my experience not being good with the ENT. If things haven't cleared for me soon I am likely to seek out an infectious disease specialist. I'm not quite sure what else to do. Please continue to post here if you learn something more, and I will, too.