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My nightmare started after being kissed by a nasty old gay man. Following this I had many symptoms that made me scare about HIV. I tested negative 4 times at 4, 6, 10 and 13 weeks.
My symptoms are the following:
White coated tongue (Appeared about 2 weeks after the kiss) which is all over the tongue but thicker at the back.
Swollen tongue (my tongue is bigger than normal and has scalloped edges in the sides caused by teeth marks)
Swollen taste buds at the back
I get sores in my tongue especially in the tip of my tongue which is red
I think I have felt pain in my salivary glands
Bad taste in mouth
Changed flavors when tasting food
Dry mouth feeling
Chronic sore throat (Appeared the next day after the kiss and has not gone away, although I think it was slightly sore before the kiss - has persisted for 3 months)
Stuffy nose, especially when laying down
I feel phlem from my nose to my throat all the time (Post nasal drip?)
Sometimes I get like little white mucus inside my mouth
I have been given nystatin and it doesn't go away and fluconazole for 4 days and it did nothing either. The ENT doctor said it might be reflux or allergy but his treatments didn't work.
What could this be? I'm losing everything in my life... Including my peace.
Hi and sorry you are going through all this. Did the guy bite your tongue? Because I am wondering if there is an actual wound on the tongue and that is why it is swollen? If so you need to see a infectious disease doctor or have a doctor culture the wound and/or treat you for it. Have you been on antibiotics a lot? If so that could give you thrush?
What HIV test did you have? what it a 4th generation duo test? If so you took the most reliable and accurate test on the market and did it at the best time 6 weeks is the very best time. Not that there is really a window period for the test but that time frame captures both the antigen at it peak and the antibody. If you did do the 4th gen test you are clear.
Regarding the yeast on the tongue. Has someone tested you for it so you know for sure it is yeast? Is it Candida albicans? If so, then usually when it is resistant they give you amphotericin B. That usually clear it up. But this as long at it really is a yeast.
Do you have a fever or pus in the throat? If not it sounds like a virus or a post nasal drip from the sinus that is causing your throat to be raw. Yes reflux could do that too. You could take something like Zantac for a while daily (it is pretty easy on the stomach and doesn't interfere with many medications) and see if that helps. Maybe for a month. But ask your ENT about that.
All those other symptoms such as halitosis, foamy saliva, etc. are either from the tongue infection (possibly bacterial) if there was a bite or if not it sounds like some type of infection. You can have the doctor look at it and maybe test it if there is a pocket of bacteria or pus or a wound they can culture it. Yeast kind of gives you a bread like smell.
Regarding the salivary glands are your sides of your face swollen or neck? if so you could have clogged salivary glands. You could try sucking on a lemon or something sour like sour candy and it will hurt the salivary glands and eventually open them up if that is what it is. If it is more serious your doctor can unclog them. But this one way.
He did not bite my tongue, although my tongue was burnt at the moment of the kiss, I had eaten hot pizza the day before (I don't know if this lets viruses and bacterias enter easier to infect me).
When I mean my tongue is swollen is that it is bigger in size than it normally is, hence the scalloped sides as they are pressed by the teeth.
I was in antibiotics 3 months ago (In March Cefxime for 10 days, Ciprofloxacine for 10 days and and in Februrary cefixime for 5 days). I don't know if the thrush was caused by this... I have taken many probiotics and it doesn't go away.
Could thrush last for so much time after antibiotics and if caused by antibiotics?
All the tests I had were the Abbott Architect Ag/Ab Combo (4th generation test).
No one has tested my tongue, they see it and say it is oral candidiasis.
I never had a fever but I had a white dot in my throat about 10 days after the kiss but now it is just very red with phlegm and it has been like that for months. I was tested for blood antiestreptolisin and it came back negative.
My tongue is like with very very short hairs that can be moved when brushing them but they don't go away. They get less white after brushing them but later the tongue is all white again.
The bad smell comes from the tongue, when I take it out I feel the smell in my nose :(
It's horrible... I don't know what to do anymore...
I have had a horrible stress and anxiety all of this time thinking the worst.
Thanks again and tell me if you have any idea of what it could be.
Well, it would be good to get it tested to be sure. Yes the antibiotics can cause thrush. Also gastric problems. I'm not sure why the tongue is swollen. It could be allergy or an infection. You would have to talk to a doctor about it. But if you do have yeast (thrush) usually if you use a tongue scraper and try to clean your tongue it will bleed and it hurts. If the doctor said it is it probably is. Usually they say it isn't. Before taking amphotericin B (which is a strong antibiotic I would ask them to test it to be sure. That should clear it up. I'm sure once you get the yeast cleared up the smell and all that will go away. I just think it would be best to test for it because the antibiotic is tough and it will work but you have been on several. So, why not make sure the yeast is a yeast and not just oral bacteria. I have a lot of bacterial build up I have to scrape off several times a day. My mouth tastes bad because of my medicines and the bacteria. Diligent maintenance helps some. But if you can't scrape it off it is probably yeast.
Yes you are clear with the HIV. You had really no risk with him anyway. It isn't transmitted by a kiss only by blood in a kiss. So, well, you never know. Bad teeth sometimes can do that. So, you can relax about this. You had the best test and the right time. Maybe take some biofeedback breathing exercises from integrative medicine if they have that near you. They are really so much better than anti-anxiety meds. It helped me so much with anxiety.
The anti-streptolysin O test looks for Streptococcus pyogenes the main cause of strep throat. Although some other types of Strep can cause a bad sore throat. But if you don't have pus in the throat or a high fever you probably have either post nasal drip , a virus or reflux. If you have sinus problems it probably is the sinus.
Do you have allergies? Perhaps there is something causing the clogged nose.
I would also try to ask a doctor when you ask about the yeast test and getting the antibiotic whether you have a tongue infection because of the swelling. I wonder if you have been eating something you are allergic to? So you need to find out. If there is something new you have been eating then thing about that and don't eat it and see if the swelling goes down. I am not sure by the description whether or not it is a separate infection or not. So, the doctor will have to determine that.
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