Saline Gargling

Saline gargling is the most used home remedy for sore throat, cold, cough, sinus infection, allergies, mononucleosis, and gingivitis. Salt is known to draw water from the cells and prevents microorganism from re-entering the cells, thus treating mild inflammation. To make saline water at home, mix 1/4th or 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water.

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I have throat pain. What do I do?

Query: Hi, My age is 29 years. Yesterday I drank ice cold water in the afternoon. Since today morning I am feeling pain in the throat, body pain and laziness. Please suggest medicine for the same.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Start tablet Azithromycin 500mg once a day for three days after meals. Take tablet Paracetamol 500mg thrice daily for the pain relief. Drink plenty of water.Drink warm liquids. Gargle with warm salt water twice a day.Avoid cold, sour, junk, fried, oily, fatty foods a...  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 »

Will dislodgement of paste in the dry socket cause any problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I had all of my teeth pulled out 14 days ago. When I went to the doctor three days ago, the doctor kept dry socket paste and stitched it in two spots. Today morning when I used my medicated rinse, the paste was dislodged out of my socket as well as my stitches seemed to be very loose. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Since you have a dry socket, you have to be extra precautious. The chance of paste coming out is infrequent. Please maintain good oral hygiene, and please do take antibiotics and analgesics properly. I suggest...  Read Full »

I have a white spot on my tongue. Could it be a developing cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a white spot on the tongue. It feels raised and rough. Please see the attached picture. What could it be?   Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Do you have any symptoms related to it? It might be inflammation or an epithelial thickening, which will resolve within a week or two. Sometimes, it can be a precursor to a simple develo...  Read Full »

I had bleeding from my mouth after four days of tonsillectomy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I just had my tonsils taken out before four days. Today, I took a walk down the mall and started to bleed a lot from my mouth. I rush to the hospital, and the doctor asked me to rest. As soon as I got home, I tasted blood and spat a lot of blood again. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Bleeding after tonsillectomy is one of the most common complications. What you should do immediately is have some ice creams. This constricts the blood vessels and stops bleeding. Bleeding three or four days post operation is most likely due to infection. Are you under an...  Read Full »

I noticed tiny white lumps on the back of the throat. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27 year old female. Yesterday, I noticed little white lumps at the back of my throat. The one behind the palatopharyngeal arch is red, and another one on the back of my throat, on each side, which is red in color with little white things on them. What is it? I do not know how lo...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Here in your case, a step-wise approach should be considered. According to the history provided, you have red swelling on posterior pharynx with white dots over that. Hence, it could be a tonsillar enlargement or posterior pharynx mucosa swelling or a mass. It can be...  Read Full »

I suffer from a sore throat with lumps. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a sore throat and ear pain. I have lots of lumps in the back of my throat. I had Amoxicillin and gastro-resistant tablets. I have a previous history of GERD. I am terrified that I have throat cancer. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having posterior pharyngeal wall hypertrophy. This is due to chronic post-nasal drip. Do you feel some difficulty while swallowing? What medicines have you been taking so far? Do you have a history of smoking? Please follow up with the required information to sug...  Read Full »

Can playing in the water with tampons result in TSS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female, I am traveling, and a week back I went on a canyoning adventure while I was on my period. I wore a tampon for nearly eight hours while going in and out of the river water. The water was flowing so I hoped there would not be much dangerous bacteria, but I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me get few facts straight, toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a complication of using tampons, but it is not the commonest complication. So you have to rule out other common causes. You have a risk of TSS if you do not change tampons for days, or have unhygienic metho...  Read Full »

Why am I suffering from dry cough, headache, body pain, and nausea?

Query: Hi doctor,The problem started out with a dry cough. The next day, I had achy bones and headache. It seemed like it was going away and came back the day after when I woke up feeling like throwing up. My eyes, chest and upper back aches with a feeling of nausea. Please help me. I am scared.  Read Full »


Dr. Shinas Hussain A P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concerns. The symptoms you have described suggest that you have a viral fever along with inflammation of throat (pharyngitis). There is no need to worry as it can be cured completely with treatment. Please c...  Read Full »

After having a throat infection, I have some alterations in my taste. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I was at my local out of hours service this morning with an extremely painful and swollen throat. I was told I had a severe case of tonsillitis. I have been given antibiotics. Since then I feel a poison taste running down my throat and had a bit of a relief of p...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.om. The feeling that something burst and having poison taste in the mouth will be most probably due to release of tonsillolith (tonsil stone) from the tonsillar fossa and associated pus and mucus that come along with the stone. I suggest you antiseptic gargles like Betadine...  Read Full »

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