This is the start of my third day on penicillin for tonillitis. The pain is excruciating, just wondered roughly how long before the drugs do their work
How long does penicillin take to work?
Question posted by AndiPar on 9 Feb 2013
Last updated on 5 March 2017 by Debbie fox
Hi my daughter got tonsillitis she age 11 she was given penicillin thursday just look at her throat still up and red and white she still coughing still not right how long do penicillin take to work and do you think I should take her back Monday please
Sounds like you have a severe case. I find that it takes about 6 days to feel relief from a severe infection. Then when I started feeling better, I felt better by leaps and bounds. How quickly you feel better actually depends on how strong the dosage is, your general health, and how severe the infection is. One question to ask--Are you getting worse?
It helps to gargle with room temp. salt water. Every few hours. The gargling removes some of the plaque and gunk that coats the throat. Ice pops helped. Lots of sleep and it is contagious so best to read a good book and sleep as much as you can. Don't go to work.
My daughter got this a lot until she had her tonsils removed. She did it as an adult and the surgery becomes more risky the older one gets.
She used ibuprofen then two hours later Tylenol and continued this way until the pain left. It also helped control the fever.
Watch for a light red rash on the chest. Should it appear call your doctor right away. This is more serious and needs further treatment.
Hope you are better soon.
It will have started working but you may not notice your symptoms changing yet. The Penicillin will kill the infection but you will need to be taking an analgesic for the pain. It is important to finish the course. Hopefully within a couple of days you'll start feeling better.
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