Really struggling to breathe

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I’ve previously made a post about my GF, I’m one month in only diagnosed Friday so right at the very beginning of the journey.

Since being diagnosed my tonsils have got even bigger to the point they’re shutting my throat and I’m really struggling to not only eat and drink but BREATHE! 

Is there anything that will reduce them? Going to docs tomorrow who I will of course tell about this but wondered if any of you had help with this particular symptom?


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    Hi Holly,

    That sounds awful, poor you you must be in so much discomfort with this - just remember this will pass and you are gonna get better. Taking half a spoon of baking soda in a spoon they say can be helpful for soothing viruses and such things, so maybe worth a try. A herb called oregano can be good too for throat and mouth issues I believe.

    Good luck at the doctors, hoping you get on okay and everything feels much more settled soon.


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      Thank you! I’ll give those a try it’s so annoying when you’re starving but can’t eat but I guess we’ve all been there with this awful thing.

      Really appreciate your advice it’s so nice to have someone who can shed a bit of positive light on such a difficult time!

      Can’t thank you enough.


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    I’m sorry Tia. And don’t worry about invisionig this being a long journey for you, my glandular fever symptoms only lasted a month, with the swollen glands only being a few days. 

    I’m currently now (several years later) going through a possible relapse (see my

    Last post). But not all glandular fever infections last a long time. 

    Anyway, concerning your throat worries - are you able to breathe ok out of your nose ? If it seems like your being able to breathe is radpidly declining then it’s ok to go to an emergency dr appointment, walk in centre or A&E. There is help

    Available immediately if you need it.

    When my glands were the biggest during my Glandular fever (it was the worst part of it for me) I could hardly drink. So I was sipping tiny amount of coconut water constantly. I chose coconut water because it helps you hydrate the quickest (mixing a teaspoon or salt and sugar into water will also do the same). Sucking on ice cubes can also help, that also may help the swelling. Perhaps even putting an ice pack (covered in paper/a towel?) on the glands itself might aliviate you?

    Ipubrophen can also help bring down swelling.

    The worse of the throat pain for me I think lasted 2 days. So if it’s at its peak now then it’ll likely be getting better soon. Rest as much as possible, so just stay in bed. Even getting up to make food I would ask my mum to do (luckily I was at home when this happened) so I literally expelled no energy 

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