Sore Throat

The painful, scratchy, and dry feeling in the throat due to infection or inflammation is called a sore throat. Depending on the part of the throat affected the types are pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Warm salt water gargle helps soothe a sore throat.

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What could be the reason for frequent sore throat with acid reflux?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to my ENT a few months ago to get my throat scoped because I have chronic acid reflux. He said my throat looked fine. This week my reflux was quite bad so I used Fluticasone propionate and it helped, but now my throat is sore on one side. I have attached a photo, should I be wor...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The most common reason for having this irritation in the throat with generalized soreness or to one side can definitely be a feature of chronic silent GERD with LPR ...  Read Full »

How to treat sore throat and post nasal drip with deviated nasal septum?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sore throat and fever four months ago. I took some antibiotics (Cebosh) referred by an ENT and the sore throat went away. But I have a constant nasal dripping and throat clearing since then somedays it is more and some days it is normal. I can see mucus in my throat and it loo...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your description, you are having a deviated nasal septum (DNS). Your continuous presence of mucus in the nose and throat clearing is because of sinusitis which is a common consequence of your deviated septum. I have given some tablets try using those. If not rel...  Read Full »

I have a swollen tonsil with painless bump in mouth. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a swollen tonsil for a couple of months now with a whitish patch at the top. I was advised before that it may be silent reflux causing it or could be something to do with my nose. I followed instructions on the omeprazole and nose spray but does not seem to fix the issue. I...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I am certain that there is absolutely nothing that you need to be worried about. Your tonsils belong to what we call as a part of the waldeyers ring and comprises of...  Read Full »

My constant sore throat is not helped with any medicines. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old male, normal weight, ex-smoker, and occasional drinker. I have a constant sore throat, which started approximately 1 year ago. I feel the symptoms mostly on the right side of my throat, above Adam's apple. I am feeling a burning like I have a wound inside my throat...  Read Full »

Dr. Dheeraj Kumar Jonnalagadda

ENT Otolaryngologist, Allergy Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The picture you have shown does not suggest any pathology (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Those are the blood vessels of the epiglottis and does not indicate any infection or abnormality. Coming to the issue, yes, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux dise...  Read Full »

How do I cure my sore throat and blocked nose?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a sore throat in the morning and partial blockage of one of the nostrils during day time. There is some amount of nose coming out when pushed heavily. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Zirwa Sarfraz

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could just be seasonal allergies. Do you have any fever, cough, headache with it as well? If you are not experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms then just do gargles with warm water with salt and preferably with Enziclor mouthwash (or any other antibacte...  Read Full »

How to control recurrent sore throat with pus filled swollen tonsils?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been dealing with a recurring sore throat for the past couple of months. My tonsils get sore and swollen with pus and usually, I have a canker sore-like lesion on them as well. I get fatigued with body aches. I took tests for mono and streptococcus but I had neither. I am currentl...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Now if you are having symptoms at present, then you will need an antibiotic course for it, and treatment of choice is Amoxicillin clavulanate combination for five days. You should also have Betadine gargles four times a day for five days. Presence of pus does mean it...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the persistent sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat since january, at first I thought it was COVID-19 and have been self-isolating for a month but no other symptoms have occured. It is nearly June and my sore throat still has not cleared.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please mention the symptoms what you are feeling? Any throat pain? Any cough? Any sputum production? Any nose block? Any chest pain? Any acid reflux? Any fever? Are you diabetic? Any post nasal drip? Send me a photograph of the inner side of your mouth showing post...  Read Full »

Will poor oral hygeine and improper diet contribute to swollen lymph nodes on neck with sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently (the last week at the most) my lymph nodes in my neck have been very swollen. When looking at the back of my throat, I can see small tonsil stones, small, but many. There is swelling which I am hoping is associated with the stones and there is a lot of swelling at the top of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from swelling of lymph nodes on the neck with swelling of tonsil and sore throat. You lead an erratic life. You are a smoker. You do not maintain your oral hygiene regularly. You also do...  Read Full »

What could cause a sore throat with redness and white spot?

Query: Hi doctor, I am currently having a sore throat. As I checked, it is a bit red and saw a white dot. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nicole Taleon

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for attaching a photo because that really helps. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your throat does appear red but your tonsils do not appear swollen so it is unlikely to be tonsillitis. Most of the time this is just due to a viral infecti...  Read Full »

Can allergy cause tonsil swelling and pain?

Query: I have always had trouble with my tonsils. I get tonsil stones frequently and snore. For the past month I have had a mild sore/scratchy throat. I can tell my left tonsil is swollen, and it is causing some pain. Sometimes the pain reaches my ear, but not often. My doctor did a swab to check for infec...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, I understand that you are worried about your long term tonsil problem.. Tonsil enlargement could be due to infection or as a part of some other disease If your swab is negative, we need to investigate for other possibilities also I would suggest you some investigations for the same Meanwhile a...  Read Full »

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