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WTF? I have a monster sore throat but only on one side. Why?!

(23 Posts)
GreySuitsAndBeetroots Wed 25-Jan-17 21:15:04

Genuinely feels like I have swallowed a dried thistle head <insert spiked object of choice - maybe a miniature spiked sea mine> on one side, seriously painful. The other side is fine. The pain is from my throat and all down the one side of my neck.

Can't see any pus spots so I don't think it is tonsilitis. Any ideas and if so is it a ride it out with painkillers and cups of tea or need antibiotics situation?

PollytheDolly Wed 25-Jan-17 21:18:25

This started today?

Before babies (they cured this) I had recurrent episodes of pus tonsils and needed antibiotics and it always started one side.

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Wed 25-Jan-17 21:21:56

Started yesterday, definitely worse today sad
Maybe if it is still v painful tomorrow afternoon I might pop to the doc then or Friday?
I don't want to waste their time though confused

Itsnottheendoftheworld Wed 25-Jan-17 21:25:25

I always get a sore throat at one side. hurt even to swallow at one side. Took 6 whole weeks to fully clear. Was really bad for about 2 weeks.

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Wed 25-Jan-17 21:27:57

Two weeks?! <faints>

PinkCrystal Wed 25-Jan-17 21:28:38

I've had it and it was tonsilitis. The white pus became visible a few days later. Neck and glands swollen. May need to check at docs in case it is quinsy

Itmustbemyage Wed 25-Jan-17 21:36:26

Could it be an allergic reaction to something you have eaten or drunk? I have mild food allergies, which developed over a short period of time when I was in my twenties. If I unknowingly eat something that triggers a reaction I get a bad, one sided sore throat.
You probably already know that most normal sore throats are caused by viruses and it is only if you go on to develop a secondary bacterial infection ( usually takes more than two days but not always, however I am not a medical practitioner just a microbiologist), that the doctor will give you antibiotics.

BishopBrennansArse Wed 25-Jan-17 21:38:54

I had this last week.
One sided tonsillitis.
Cleared by itself after about 10 days.

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Wed 25-Jan-17 22:04:16

Itmustbemyage - I didn't know that. So I definitely won't go near a doctor until at least Friday. If it is still causing me aggravation then, I'll try and be seen by a doc before the weekend.

GraciesMansion Wed 25-Jan-17 22:05:24

Ive had this before when I had an ear infection.

CoperCabana Wed 25-Jan-17 22:12:01

My littlest girl had tonsillitis last year. She was really quite poorly but was even worse after one dose of antibiotics. I made the decision to stop the medicine and it was a nerve wracking week. But I did loads of research which suggested that even a bacterial case would probably cure itself, just might take a bit longer without antibiotics. And if viral, antibiotics would be useless. She got better after a while and I am glad I held out. As a teen, I had dose after dose of antibiotics for similar, and I now think that was probably OTT and counter productive in the long term.

pasbeaucoupdegendarme Wed 25-Jan-17 22:22:15

I very frequently get an extraordinarily sore throat only on one side. It's my real weak spot, I guess it's something tonsil related...

TurquoiseDress Thu 26-Jan-17 03:05:23

Hi it sounds like you might have an abscess near your tonsil on one side- a quinsy or peri-tonsillar abscess.

Get down to your GP for advice

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Thu 26-Jan-17 07:09:38

Well I've woken up this morning feeling dreadful. I now have a temperature and still the throat of doom (one side only). I can't really see pus in my throat, feels lower down than that. I'll see how I get on today. Thanks for all the replies <croak>.

BishopBrennansArse Thu 26-Jan-17 09:09:14

Salt water gargles and difflam spray are amazing.

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Thu 26-Jan-17 09:45:22

Thanks bishopbrennansarse - will try and drag myself out of bed and to the chemist.

Newbiecat Thu 26-Jan-17 09:49:34

Local anaesthetic throat spray works and aspirin gargles ( swallow after gargling) if you have no contraindications. Your pharmacist will advise. If worsening fever, headache or shakes see GP as tonsillitis more likely

Forkrightorf Thu 26-Jan-17 10:01:23

Are you prone to tonsillitis OP? I've had quinsy twice which sounds very much like what you've got. Without being alarmist I'd pop to GP or walk in centre if I were you - I needed antibiotics through a drip first time. Hope you're feeling better soon x

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Thu 26-Jan-17 16:27:55

I wouldn't say prone but I've had it a few times over the last few years.
What are the symptoms which point to it being quinsy instead of tonsilitis?

vjg13 Thu 26-Jan-17 20:34:03

I had this and it was a peri tonsillor abscess. Do see your GP, it will take antibiotics to shift it if that is what it is.

It felt like a very very painful version of one sided tonsillitis, I felt like I couldn't even swallow my own saliva.

GreySuitsAndBeetroots Thu 26-Jan-17 21:41:03

Thanks vjg13 - the pain is more spread out now and I can definitely see pus on one of my tonsils (oddly, not the side which is most painful). I have got very small tonsils - one GP in the past actually asked if I had had them removed- so being able to see it in its pus-addled glory means it must be quite inflamed. Think I will see how I go overnight, see if the temperature comes back (have kept it at bay with paracetemol/ibuprofen combo all day. I think the fact that it is sore both sides now is probably positive that it's not an abscess or quinsy.

For you fellow tonsillitis suffers, my sympathies. I'd forgotten what a bastard it is. I've slept twice during the day and am in bed now, tired and sore again. The minor upside is I've had a medical reason for eating a magnum grin

shewolfmum Thu 26-Jan-17 22:17:01

I would just bang vit c till i needed to rush for a number 2...and keep it up! Gargle with turmeric is exceĺlent and i find kills the pain (disgusting but quite incredible) apple cider vinegar in warm water too said to help. Horrid..

austenozzy Thu 26-Jan-17 22:23:18

I know someone who had an abscess in their throats recently, ended up gettimg admitted to hospital for four days and having a regular draining session. I'd get it looked at and some ABs.

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