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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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 Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Which drug works better for throat infection,Augmentin or Azithromycin?

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


Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Allergy Specialist, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 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

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

My friend has a throat infection.I was along with him while he had the infection.Could I have a throat infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15 years old and my friend has a throat infection. I was along with him while he had the infection and now the roof of my mouth and throat is kind of sore. It feels like there is mucus stuck there and I have a weird taste in my mouth. Could I have a throat infection? And if I do,...  Read Full »


Dr. A K Srivastava

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There are chances of spread of throat infection through: The air we breathe. Direct contact like kissing, etc. Sharing spoon or fork while taking food. Sharing the cigarette while smoking. Thus, there are fair chances that you might have acqui...  Read Full »

Will Sinarest help in throat infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a bad throat and unable to speak. I have started Augmentin 625 since yesterday with no relief so far.  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Antibiotics usually take some time to show their effect. Since you have been started on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication from yesterday, finish the course as directed and you will be fine. If you feel ill after completion of course, then we will go for a ch...  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 pai...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 medicines can help my bad throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a bad throat maybe because of change in weather as I am traveling. It is like flu with a bad throat and with a blocked nose. Also, my spit is in green color now. Can I take antibiotics? Is it bacterial or viral? I m attaching a picture of my spit. Also, I am on Metformin fo...  Read Full »


Dr. Girish Subash

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If it has just started now you can take antibiotics. I suggest you take tablet Azithromycin 500 mg once daily for four to five days and tablet Hicet DC (Cetirizine and Phenylephrine) one at night for three days. You can also take Xylomist (Xylometazoline) nasal dro...  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

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

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 »

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