Are the painless bumps on the back of my throat cancerous?

Q. What are these white painless bumps at the back of my throat?

Answered by
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 02, 2021 and last reviewed on: Aug 28, 2023

Hi doctor,

What are these white painless bumps inside the back of my throat? There is no irritation or pain. Are they cancerous? I can see only two of these for now. I have no history of illness. Please help me.



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Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. The painless bumps at the back of your throat suggest chronic pharyngeal inflammation. These painless structures are lymphoid follicles that have slightly increased in size, and it represents the first line of defense of the body. It is present in all of us. The largest aggregate of these lymphoid follicles is your tonsil itself. So there is nothing that you need to worry about as this is a prevalent entity we come across and is treatable. I suggest you with the following: 1. Tablet Amoxicillin 500 mg and Potassium Clavulanate 125 mg one tablet three times a day for five days. It is an antibiotic and might create a tummy upset. If it gets severe, you can take a probiotic two times a day for the next five days. 2. Tablet Zerodol P (Aceclofenac 100 mg and Paracetamol 325 mg) (or equivalent) one tablet two times a day after food 12 hours apart for five days (to reduce the pain). 3. Capsule Pan D (Pantoprazole 40 mg and Domperidone 30 mg) (or equivalent) one tablet once a day before breakfast for one week. 1) Salt water gargles at the rate of 8 to 10 times a day for one month. 2) Avoid oily, spicy, and cold food or beverages. Avoid alcohol and tobacco. 3) Keep sipping on boiled warm water every three hours. Drugs can be taken if there is an acute infection associated with pain while swallowing. If there is no pain or infection, the medications are not required. Ensure you follow the instructions as long as possible to prevent the possibility of developing a throat infection. There is absolutely nothing to worry about the bumps over there as it does not indicate any cancer or malignancy. It is only a lymphoid follicle that has increased in size due to possible previous or current inflammation in the throat, for which you might be completely asymptomatic. I hope I have answered your query. If there is any further query, you can revert to me, and I will answer it. Warm regards.

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