Well, I gurgled with H2O2 and salt water. Swallowed Tylenol. Bought Amoxi, those red & yellow pills from a pharmacy. And now I have a fever and nothing is working.
The school never explained any health cover. What worries me is the upcoming classroom tests. Speaking and swallowing is painful... And there is some inflamed lump under my chin, with pain radiating to an ear.
One never knows what Thais understand - so please make some suggestions as to what drugs I should shop for?
Thanks a lot,
1) see a doctor
2) repeat step 1 as necessary
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
you probably have a virus. in which case, in scientific terms, antibiotics don't do jack shit. take extra zinc and vitamin c, something to reduce the fever (paracetamol works OK, but i usually steal My Intended's Ponstan (she uses it for menstrual cramps). stay hydrated. Nasorest isn't a bad idea either. also, sleep as much as you can. you can't get rid of the symptoms until it runs its course but you can mitigate them a bit. if it's a bad cold (like the one i just had) you're looking at 2 or 3 really bad days. if it's a the flu, well that could knock you out for a week or two. fyi soda water doesn't do anything useful but feels nice and scratchy on a sore throat.
No, it's most likely not a virus - this sounds like a tonsil infection.
The lump and radiating pain are indicators Do you still have your tonsils?
The low end dosage of antibiotics like amoxicillin won't make any difference in that case - you'd need a higher dosage or an IV drip for an hour to deal with it.
Don't do old wive's fixes, go see a doctor.
Are you living in a congested city (e.g., Bankok)?
Thanks. Surgeries are close for the weekend AFAIK. Last time I went to a hospital, I needed my credit card and it cost me more than half my salary here before I was allowed to sit down and wait
I do appreciate all comments! But cannot give credit the next "24 hours".
I'm in rural Thailand
Go to a regular clinic. Unless you're up a mountain, they're all over the place, open all hours and cheap.
You should be able to go to any of the clinics, and trust your instincts about which one is the best pick. Still, any should be able to provide you with the necessary direct (IV) antibiotic drip, or a stronger dosage of a broadband antibiotic (normally, I'd suggest amoxicillin 875mg, 2x daily, but the IV would be more immediate).
Good luck. I could look up the proper liquid antibiotic if you run into dead-ends with the clinics. Let me know.
Either way, I strongly urge you to seek medical assistance within the next 24 hours, for your own comfort.
...no, I'm not a doctor...and neither are you...
...it is moronic to ask for medical advice on this forum: recommend a particular doctor or hospital, fine; relate medical horror stories, good stuff; mention the nurses you'd like to do, acceptable...but advice on medications? Dumb.
Well, let's see what eumel's diagnosis reads, once he goes to a doctor, shall we.
I am fascinated how much you seem to know about me... or, maybe, not, in actuality...
People can have a lot of experience, without being doctors; just as doctors can lack a lot of experience, while having a medical degree.
My suggestions to eumel are based on experience. I understand that you have a complete lack of such, which explains your attitude. This doesn't mean that everyone else shares your lack of experience. I am certain that there are fields that you may be qualified to provide opinion, even some fields in which you may be more qualified than myself. Of course, I can't quite figure out what those could be, based on your lack of any relevant contributions to any threads to which you "contribute".
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So, you don't actually ever contribute *anything* at all to any thread, do you?
...not medical advice, no...I'm not qualified, you see...