Bad Throat

A bad or sore throat is the painful or scratchy feeling in the throat. It is usually seen during cold and flu, strep throat, allergies, dry air, smoking, and GERD. Gargling with warm saline water will help soothe a bad throat.

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Does Augmentin or Azithromycin work better for throat infections?

Query: Hello doctor, Which drug works better for throat infection, Augmentin or Azithromycin?  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We usually do not care about throat infection when it is mild and then it gets worsened and causes undue discomfort. Regarding choice of appropriate antibiotic, it is very important to know your history. It includes previous use of recent antibiotic, presence of fever, ...  Read Full »

I have had pain in the gums for one week, which has led to discomfort in my throat along with ear and chest pain. Is this serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had pain in the gums for one week. It is a throbbing pain that comes on and off but hurts a lot. Because of this, I also had discomfort in the throat, and my voice changed. I also had ear and chest pain. Will taking antibiotics make me fine? Or is this serious? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your attached files (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) there is no serious problem. You are suffering from gum disease. But you have referred pain, so you need a dental check-up. Never take any medication without a registered practitio...  Read Full »

What can be done for bad throat and ulcers inside throat?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has a bad throat for a month now. I believe it is because of excessive yelling all the time due to some reasons. She went to an ENT three weeks before and that did not help even a bit and there were other side effects of gas, worsening of piles, and constipation. She has pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the symptoms and the pictures you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears your mother has some laryngopharyngeal reflux with associated inflammation in the posterior larynx. This along with the yelling would have resulted in edema ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for sore throat and difficulty in speaking for the past two and half months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old male and I have been suffering from sore throat for 2 and a half months now. It all started in late December. I am a singer, and I came down with a very light cold. Due to the weather, I had a light sore throat. During this time, I had to sing and speak loudly with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You are a singer and that signifies the history of voice abuse which might be the cause. Due to voice abuse, vocal cords get fatigue and swollen which result in hoarseness of voice. All you need is a voice rest. Avoid talking ...  Read Full »

I have had an altered smell and taste for the past two weeks. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, It has been almost two weeks of enduring this foul, bad taste and smell, and it is like something is stuck on my throat, but I cannot see it.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Throat discomfort, bad smell, and altered taste may be due to pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, postnasal discharge, or allergy. So until the examination is done, it is difficult to say what it is. 1. Use tablet Amoxiclav 625 mg twi...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from throat pain, headache, and weakness, sickness since last 2 days.

Query: Dear Doctor, I have been suffering from throat pain, headache, weakness and sickness since last 2 days. Age-21 years/ female. Give me advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Sini. P

Answer: Hi,From your query, I understood that you have simple viral infection causing the Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI). So you have to take tablet Febrex plus three times in a day for 3 days. Use saline gargling for throat pain. Use steam inhalation if there is any nasal block. Better to take ...  Read Full »

Can you please interpret my wife's reports?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has been suffering from cold and bad throat for the past 11 days. Since then, she also has a low fever of 99 degrees Fahrenheit and it subsides during night. The doctor suggested her Augmentin 625 mg, but now her fingertips in the left hand has been swollen. As per laboratory tes...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: The hemoglobin is mildly low and red blood cells look microcytic hypochromic. She has mild iron deficiency anemia. Her WBC count is mildly high and increased neutrop...  Read Full »

Can a flu cause sore throat with tender lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a very sore throat, and can barely talk or swallow. It is very red and swollen with red streaks and blisters. It hurts mostly on the left side, and my left ear hurts as well. My glands are very swollen to a point of protruding from my neck and are tender to touch. I have a low ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your description and the images point to acute granular tonsillopharyngitis, a bacterial throat infection, probably due to streptococcus. With low grade fever, throat pain, difficulty in spea...  Read Full »

I have been having episodes of dry cough since 45 days. What might help?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 29 year old male. Since the last 45 days, I have been suffering from episodes of dry cough. 10 days back, I had a 102-degree fever for three days for which the doctor prescribed Paracetamol and a five-day course of antibiotics. The fever improved, but not the cough. I went ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. You possibly have had a viral infection of the respiratory tract and cough can persist for three weeks after the fever subsides. The white patches usually occur in smokers and are due to persistent inflammation of the throat due to smoking. ...  Read Full »

I have a tiny swelling beside the uvula. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, Last week, I had two specialists check me for throat discomfort. Both suggested antihistamines and proton pump blockers. I also had a wisdom tooth surgery the same week and now my inflammation has subsided after antibiotics and NSAID with serratiopeptidase. I had been anxious and wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The swelling what you are looking at is just a tiny bit of lymphoid tissue probably part of the tonsils which are present on both sides of the throat. Usually, the possible causes for such a lymphoid tissue enlargement are an infection and sometimes reflux laryngophary...  Read Full »

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