Salt Water Gargling

Gargling with salt water is the most widely used home remedy for infections like sore throat, cold, cough, strep throat, mononucleosis, allergies, periodontitis, canker sores, and gingivitis. Salt is helpful to treat mild inflammations as it draws out water from the cells and prevents microorganisms from entering the cells.

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I have a white spot on my tonsil. Kindly advise me the medication.

Query: Hello doctor,I have 1 white spot on my right tonsil, I do not have any fever. What medicine can I take?  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is commom to have white spots over the enlarged tonsils. Unless the tonsil is inflammed or it is troubling you, it is not required for you to take any antibiotics or painkillers. You can follow the advice given below: 1. Salt water gargles atleast 8 to 10 times a da...  Read Full »

Can a chronic sinus infection cause stuffy nose and headaches?

Query: I think I may have chronic sinus infection. It started 4 months ago, one morning I woke up and blow up my nose with yellow/greenish mucus and blood. I was having it only in the morning. I didnt had any other symptoms except feeling tired. I took advil sinus and used seawater nasal spray. It lasted c...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Looks like your having a chronic allergic problem out there. Now there are certain things which have to be understood in detail. 1. Allergic rhinitis is an immune complex issue which is innately present and starts showing symptoms at one particular age. It basically is a hyper responsiveness t...  Read Full »

How to treat a palpable swelling under the right side of the jaw?

Query: Ten days ago, I was eating some soup when some got under my tongue and I felt a sudden sour twang through the right side of my mouth and jaw. It gradually subsided in intensity and I examined the inside of my mouth for any tender areas or asymmetries under my tongue. There was a very slight swelling...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi! You have assessed the condition in the best manner any patient could do! So considering the problem out there, like you have rightly put it , looks like we are dealing with an infected gland/ sialolith or a traumatised duct. In all three cases, I suggest you to follow the advice mentioned bel...  Read Full »

How to treat pain and swelling due to a wisdom tooth cutting into the cheek?

Query: Hello I was due to have my upper left wisdom tooth taken out last Friday, but my dentist has been closed due to the Corona Virus. I had an x-ray done on my last visit and my dentist said it was a very awkward tooth to remove and not straight forward. I am in a lot of pain at the moment as my wisdo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Answer: Dear Patient, -I read your complete writing and I totally understand your concern, your mouth opening is really less now, I am sorry for the pain you are bearing. -The first thing you need to do urgently after reading this kindly begin warm water salt rinse 5-6 times a day.It will surely relax your ...  Read Full »

What could cause small painful bumps between back of the tongue and right tonsil?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a few small painful bumps at the back (right side) of my tonge on the skin that attaches to the mouth (in front of the right tonsil). Bumps are hard and I have lots of pain when swallowing only on that one side (not throat). I have a burning sensation and swelling.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your statement, you have been suffering from a few painful, hard bumps at the back right of the tongue, and in front of the right tonsil and feel uncomfortable during swallowing. Usually inflamed papillae or taste buds are small, painful bumps that appea...  Read Full »

Will prediabetic stage result in white spot on gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with prediabetics (102) two months before. Now I noticed white spots on my upper gums. Are the spots related to diabetes or some serious problem? Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist, Naturopathy Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Before commenting anything about diabetes and its relationship with oral problems, I would like to see images of your gums having a white spot so that we can discuss appropriately.  Read Full »

What to do if you accidentally eat a piece of paper?

Query: Hi doctor, I accidentally ate a small piece of paper last night. I drank plenty of water and also ate normal food, but still I can feel it. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to  I can realize the sensitivity of the issues you have right now. But do not worry as there is nothing that cannot be managed. What happened is, your throat superficial layer (mucosa) has been denuded due to the raw and dry paper surface and the chemicals that have caused...  Read Full »

How is wisdom tooth pain treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am in major pain now. I noticed that my wisdom tooth is coming in about a week and a half ago. Since then I have been having this pain in the lower corner of my left mouth. It is located right where the gums and my mouth meet and resembles a cut. It is a slit with yellow and white ou...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your pain occurs due to the infected gingiva surrounding the wisdom tooth. It is called pericoronitis. You need to start on antibiotics immediately along with painkillers. Go show it to a dentist soon who will either recommend you to extract the tooth or ...  Read Full »

I have a slight bulge on one side of tonsillar wall. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a slight bulge on my tonsillar wall which is different compared to the other side. Should I be worried? It is not a different color.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having chronic tonsillitis. There is an enlargement of tonsils. No other abnormality is there. So you can relax. Please tell me what symptoms are you having and what medicines have you ...  Read Full »

What causes frequent sore throat and earache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I am suffering from sore throat and earache. I have white spots on the inner right side of my throat. When I eat anything chill, throat will be more painful. From childhood, I am getting the problem for at least once a year. Now, this is the second time in six weeks. Co...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have acute follicular tonsillitis at present and treatment right now is medicines. Best treatment available for your condition would be admission and intravenous antibiotics followed by surgery tonsillectomy once infection subsides. Next equal option would be oral ant...  Read Full »

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