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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I am having fever and sore throat for two days. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16-year-old female. I had a mild sore throat yesterday morning, and the symptoms got worse as the day progressed. I am experiencing a massive headache, throat pain, and fever. I feel exhausted. It is painful for me to swallow my saliva. I also have some red spots on my upper pal...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The symptoms you mentioned are consistent with a bacterial or viral infection. Have you got tested for COVID-19? If not, then get the RT-PCR (reverse-transcrption polymerase chain reaction) test done soon. Another cause can be...  Read Full »

I have had throat mucus and a sore throat for a few days. Does it mean I have cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I was sick four days ago and had lots of throat mucus and a very bad sore throat, due to climate change. It was super cold, and I went out with just a T-shirt, and the next day I started feeling sick. Maybe a strep throat or tonsillitis? My tonsils were a bit inflamed, and also I had a f...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Maybe you have septic tonsillitis. Blood may be from a sore throat or a forceful cough. You need antibiotics but before treatment, it is better to go for a throat swab culture and sensitivity, and then start medications. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to him or ...  Read Full »

I have a recurring sore throat, swollen tonsils, and pain in the neck and ears. Why does it reoccur despite taking medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a recurring sore throat, swollen tonsils, and pain in the neck and sometimes in the ears. I have been prescribed with antibiotics and steroids, which work for me at the moment, but after one or two weeks, it returns.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Can you take a picture of the back of the throat showing details of the tonsils and send them to me? Did these problems start after Covid? Thank you.  Read Full »

Why does my mother have a persistent cough and sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 56 years old. For last one month or so she is suffering from a sore throat and dry cough. Cough is severe. Throat problem improves and detoriates periodically. She has a history of an asthmatic problem. We have consulted doctors and she has taken three courses of antibioti...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have evaluated the history and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems she is suffering from chronic allergic bronchitis. Now, her chest X-ray is non-specific. My recommendations would be first of all to get a CECT chest and a pulmonary func...  Read Full »

Despite taking medications, I have a sore throat with white streaks, red bumps, and an odd feeling on my tongue. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a sore throat for the past four weeks now. And I noticed white streaks and red bumps in my throat and took antibiotics, but it was not beneficial. It has been there for the past two weeks. The doctor did blood and swab tests, but the reports were normal. And he thinks it is vira...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. There are a few possibilities based on the photographs and your clinical history (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). 1) Inflammation of the mucosa (skin) lining your throat following a viral in...  Read Full »

I have a feeling of something stuck at the back of my throat, accompanied by a nose bleed. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel like something is stuck at the back of my throat, and I have continuous cough. It might not be anything, but I do not know. Sometimes when I blow my nose, blood comes out. What could be the problem? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and have specific questions for the same: Is there any change in voice? Do you have any difficulty or block while swallowing food or liquids? Any pain while swallowing? Do you smoke or drink? Are you having a cough now, also? Is i...  Read Full »

My sexual partners seem to develop sore throats shortly after intercourse. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male. A number of my sexual partners have developed sore throats and or flu-like symptoms a few days after we have had intercourse even though I do not develop the same problems. Why? Please advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your problem. Even if you are not developing symptoms, still this can be possible. Avoid oral intercourses for some time and see if the situation remains the same. In that case, we can think that you might have some chronic infection in the oral cavi...  Read Full »

I have had a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and a headache for 18 days. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old, weigh 240 lb, and my height is 6 feet 5 inches. I have had a sore throat for the last 18 days, swollen lymph nodes, and a headache with a bright yellow snot. I also have sinusitis. I had taken Penicillin, Amoxicillin, and Ibuprofen but saw no difference.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your throat is congested suggestive of granular pharyngitis. However, this may be present even in chronic cases where patients have long-standing rhinosinusitis or reflux. What does it feel like? Is it more of a dragging sensation and slight ...  Read Full »

Are body pain, sore throat and tiredness due to HIV or vitamin deficiency?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with a call girl ten months back. Then after three months, I got my HIV test done and the test was negative. Then again I got the HIV test after six months, the test was negative. Then after eight months, I got my HIV test done again, the test result was negative. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to So whatever symptoms are there, it is due to vitamin deficiency. All tests are negative so it is clear that there is no HIV infection. So do not worry. You can consult a general physician. So he will give you written prescription, even I can but a long treatment is r...  Read Full »

I have white rashes on my throat and also fever and throat pain. Please advice.

Query: Hi doctor, My throat is showing white rashes all over. I do not know what that is. Now, I have fever and throat pain also. The ear is closing and opening sometimes. I consulted a doctor earlier. She prescribed me Metorda 500 antibiotics for bacterial infection.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhadeep Karanjai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are fever, throat pain, and ear blockage. Your clinical findings according to you are white rashes all over the throat. The two most probable causes in your case seem to be: Bacterial infection (streptococcal sore throat). Viral infection (common co...  Read Full »

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