i have strep throat... or thats what the doctor tells me.. even tho i was negative for it when they did the swab test. i can't sleep. i wake up crying because the pain is so bad. my tonsils are huge. white patches all in my throat. tonsils are very very red as well. i can't even swallow water. i've been taking penicillin pills for about 2 days and i take ibeprofen for the pain. and use chlorseptic spray for my throat as well as sore throat drops. nothing is working. i just want to sleep. i need advice. my throat hurts so bad that i can't even swallow the saliva that gets built up in my mouth. i don't know how to handle this. the doctor said that penicillin take a few days to work.. well, what the ***l am i supposed to do until it does? i need something different. please any advice would help.