Inflammation of the pharynx, which is at the back of the throat, is called pharyngitis. It is commonly referred to as a sore throat. Various bacteria and viruses like adenovirus, influenza, Streptococcus, etc., cause pharyngitis.

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Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

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Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

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Dr. Arpit Varshney

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Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The posterior pharyngeal wall has some enlarged and congested nodules (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Could be due to chronic pharyngitis. Continue the reflux medicine and when any pain is there take decongestant and Claritin (Loratadine). For more in...  Read Full »

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Dr. Arpit Varshney

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The left side of my throat hurts on and off throughout the day when I swallow. Why?

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Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. From your symptoms listed above, it seems to be pharyngitis. Pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx. It can be caused due to allergy, infection, and laryngopharyngeal reflux.I would suggest:1)Tablet levocetirizine 5 mg orally at night for s...  Read Full »

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Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send me pictures of your throat, so that I can suggest you better. Revert with more information to an ENT otolaryngologist¬†online -->  Read Full »

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Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You must be suffering from URTI (upper respiratory tract Infection) with pharyngitis. I suggest, take Azithromycin 500 mg once a day or tablet Gudcef CV (Cefpodoxime proxetil and Clavulanic acid) 325 mg twice daily. Secondly, antiallergics like Montelukast and Levoc...  Read Full »

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Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

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