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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What causes globus pharyngis?

Query: Hello doctor, As I was trimming my beard, I accidentally swallowed a piece of hair. This incident happened two days ago, it is not painful, but I can feel it in my throat. Should I wait or try some sort of home treatment or ask a professional to examine my throat?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is improbable that the strand of hair is still stuck in the throat. In most cases, it is psychological and gives a foreign body sensation what we call globus hystericus. I would advise you to have a few bananas, which will help push down any strand of hair stuck i...  Read Full »

Can a chronic sinus infection cause stuffy nose and headaches?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I may have a chronic sinus infection. Before four months, I wake up and blew my nose. I had a yellow or greenish mucus with blood in the morning. I did not have any other symptoms except tiredness. I took Advil and seawater nasal spray. It lasted for a couple of weeks. Aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a chronic allergic problem. Allergic rhinitis is an immune complex issue that is present innately and it starts to shows symptoms at a particular stage. It occurs when a foreign substance enters the nose. It causes a cascade of chemical events leading to na...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, Before ten days, I was taking some soup. When some of the soup went under my tongue, I got some sudden sour taste on my right side of my mouth and jaw. It got subsided in intensity and I examined my mouth inside for tender areas or asymmetries under my tongue. After that, I noticed a s...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think that you are suffering from an infected gland or sialolith or a traumatized duct. In all these three cases, you can follow this advice. Hydration is the keyway. Keep drinking five to six liters of boiled warm water every day. You can do salt water gargling eight...  Read Full »

I have recurrent lumps on one of my tonsil. Is it due to oral HPV or pharyngitis?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 26-year-old male and I feel like I have chronic tonsil issues. I often get them inflamed and I take antibiotics to cure it. Last year, I was diagnosed with genital HPV and the result was clear. But I am worried about whether I have oral HPV now. Before two months, I noticed two lump...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the photo sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). With the symptoms you have mentioned, I can say that you have pharyngitis with tonsillitis. The small lumps present on the anterior tonsillar pillar are actually lymphoid follicles and ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some safety measures to avoid inflammation in the throat.

Query: I noticed some change in my throat as if my right tonsil was enlarged, but Im not sure. what coud it be? i dont have pain at all in throat, just a headache and ear pain  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi Thanks for briefing regarding the problem in concern. I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent. There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about. Tonsils represents the first line of defence for the body from the oropharyngeal side. Any inflammation indicates on going inflammat...  Read Full »

What is the reason for tonsil enlargement with tonsil stones?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past few years, I have observed an increase in size of my tonsils. Also, there is white mucus i.e. tonsil stones observed. I remove these tonsil stones manually. What should I do to get rid of these? I have started brushing twice a day and my sweet intake is close to zero. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is nothing that you need to be worried about as this is a very common entity that we come across and is treatable. Tonsils stones as such form only when the size of the tonsils increase in size to such an extent that the food debris get accumulated and get calci...  Read Full »

My sore throat is not getting better with Betadine mouthwash. Is it a viral infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat for the past 10 days. It is not so painful, but I still feel a scratchy sensation in my throat. Tonsils are normal. I have got a cheek bite on the same side as well. There is a small red lump on palatopharyngeal arch exactly above my tonsil and a whitish patch on ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for providing a detailed history regarding the problem in concern. I did have a look at the photos in detail (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about. The red lump on the palatoglossal arch is ...  Read Full »

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. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

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 »

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