Re: treating step quickly
It does take a few days for the swelling to go down more around day 4-5, the talking part should be better before that here shortly, the only thing I know of to speed recovery, is PLENTY of rest, and drink lots of fluids, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! Saltwater rinse/gargle wouldn't hurt either. Take about a 1/2 tsp salt to 8 oz of warm water, swish, gargle and spit. DO NOT SWALLOW IT though. Change your toothbrush, many people don't buy a new toothbrush with strep/bacteria infections. Also stay away from smoking, anything would irritate your throat. Hope you feel better soon!