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 have been suffering from a sore throat on and off for the past three months. Can it be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from a sore throat on and off for the past three months. I took Lansoprazole for two months. Alcohol seems to make it worse. It is only painful while swallowing some food; soft food is fine. The tonsil area seems to have no visible stones or redness. One side of my ea...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Regarding your query, it seems you have tonsillitis, or it may be tonsillolith which is a stone in the tonsil. Would you please check if you also have halitosis that is bad breath despite good oral hygiene, which is...  Read Full »

I have high fever, sore throat and nausea. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male with a high fever on the second day now. I have a sore throat and nausea. I am currently on Cobamet tablets, Nurofen tablets, and Throflam-Co spray.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From what you mentioned, you probably have a simple upper respiratory infection. I suggest you continue the current medications for a few days. Warning signs that you have to watch for persistent fever, greenish or yellowish phlegm, cough, and breathing pattern c...  Read Full »

I tried to put a finger inside my tongue, and I felt some bumps inside. What can it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from a sore throat since yesterday. I had a cold, mild fever, and headache. I tried to put a finger inside my tongue, and I felt some bumps inside. I searched online and it showed HIV. I am really worried. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You must be suffering from URTI (upper respiratory tract Infection) with pharyngitis. I suggest, take Azithromycin 500 mg once a day or tablet Gudcef CV (Cefpodoxime proxetil and Clavulanic acid) 325 mg twice daily. Secondly, antiallergics like Montelukast and Levoc...  Read Full »

I have sore throat from many days, and antihistamines did not help much. what do I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female. I have had a sore throat, and it has been getting worse for the past few days. I do cough but not a lot. I got a fever for a few hours a couple of days ago, and it went away. I did three LFT tests. I also did a COVID test, and it was negative. I took an ant...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from URTI (upper respiratory tract infection) with pharyngitis. The treatment you are taking is incomplete; that is why you are facing so many problems and not getting cured. First of all, you need a good antibiotic like Azithromycin 500 mg once a day...  Read Full »

I have a lesion that spreads from the arms to stomach and back. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, It started with a burning sensation on my neck, and then I have noticed red dots in the inner side of my arms. Then it spread to my stomach and back. They itch sometimes. I have a previous history of psoriasis on my knees, but this is different. I also had shingles when I was seven years...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read your given history. Your case looks like guttate psoriasis. This type of psoriasis occurs in individuals with plaque psoriasis and develops the sudden appearance of an outbreak of red...  Read Full »

How to cure sore throat, persistent pain in my left testicles and improve my general health?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been feeling tired most of the time with a sore throat that lasted for over nine months. Now, one of my testicles (left) has been painful for the past two weeks, and my health, in general, is not good. I am not taking any medication. What could be the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern and will help you. I want to tell you that sore throat and left ball pain is not linked. They are two separate entities. Now, because these diseases occur in Continuum, you have generalized poor health. You said the sore throat is over, b...  Read Full »

How to cure a sore throat that exaggerates while talking?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having a sore throat that comes and goes for probably around three months now. If I talk a little bit more than usual, my throat will hurt for hours. Sometimes my left ear hurts too. It feels dry and painful, and I cannot talk much as my voice fades. Then it comes back to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your clinical history and the photographs you shared (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), let me assure you that these are not cancer symptoms. The clinical history and findings are consistent with recurrent gastroesophageal reflux di...  Read Full »

What is the reason for sore throat and difficulty in speaking for the past two and half months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old male and I have been suffering from sore throat for 2 and a half months now. It all started in late December. I am a singer, and I came down with a very light cold. Due to the weather, I had a light sore throat. During this time, I had to sing and speak loudly with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You are a singer and that signifies the history of voice abuse which might be the cause. Due to voice abuse, vocal cords get fatigue and swollen which result in hoarseness of voice. All you need is a voice rest. Avoid talking as much as poss...  Read Full »

How to cure a sore throat, fever, and pain during swallowing?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a sore throat for the last two days. It hurts when I swallow, and I cannot even swallow my saliva. I also have a fever. Could you please help me?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern and I will help you with that. Sore throat and fever can be associated with a bacterial throat infection, and I guess the symptoms can be because of that only. So, antibiotics are required. To suggest an antibiotic, I need to know your ...  Read Full »

I had oral sex with a man and started PEP within 56 hours after exposure. Can I be HIV positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I had oral sex with another man a month back. The partner never finished in my mouth. I started to feel symptoms of a sore throat the next day and developed a night sweat that night. I also had swollen lymph nodes. I started PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) within 56 hours of exposure. I n...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for the query.The chances of transmission of HIV by single unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in your oral cavity. The risk is low to nil. When PEP has been initiated within 56 hours of exposure, the risk is even further reduced. I...  Read Full »

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