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 had a sore throat and a mild earache for a week with a inflamed white lump next to the uvula. What does that indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a sore throat and a mild earache for a week. I have noticed that next to my uvula, there is a white lump that is very red and inflamed (image attached). I have poked it to see if anything comes out, but it does not seem to. I have had tonsillitis before, but it did not seem ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The lump in the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) looks like inflamed lymphatic tissue over the soft palate, usually during a viral upper respiratory tract infection or viral pharyngitis. Our pharynx and palate have many lymphatic tissues...  Read Full »

Why am I getting repeated episodes of sore throat, nasal obstruction, and pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old female. I have been suffering from repeated episodes of a sore throat that includes nasal obstruction and pain in the throat. I was diagnosed by the treating doctor to have a DNS for left (on the basis of a CT scan) and now granular pharyngitis has been added. The f...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you please share your CT scan reports here? If you have sinusitis, you will have a recurrent throat infection. Do you have symptoms of allergy like excessive sneezing, watering of eyes or itching of the throat? Do you have excessive acidity or do you smoke ...  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 ...  Read Full »

I have had a high fever, sinus, headache, sore throat, body pain, chills, and loss of taste and smell for three days. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a high fever, sinus, headache, sore throat, body pain, chills, and loss of taste and smell within three days. What could be the reason? Can this be COVID-19, monkeypox, or swine flu? My family members are reluctant to get me out of the room because they fear this might spre...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your query. The symptoms described by you are observed in both Influenza and Covid-19. Monkeypox causes a specific pattern of rashes. Swine flu is unlikely at this time. However, suppose you have taken COVID-19 vaccine primary doses and preferably preca...  Read Full »

Please suggest flu medicines that are safe for a lactating mother.

Query: Hello doctor, My wife today woke up with a bit of body ache, sore throat, and slight fever. She is a lactating mother of a 12 month old baby girl. She is also believed to get pregnant this week. So kindly prescribe the required medicines for her to take which are safe both for a lactating mother and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She will need to rely mostly on home remedies as she is lactating. However, I did not understand the part where you have mentioned she is expecting to get pregnant this week. It is harmful to her health if she conceives again so soon as I am sure you must be aware. K...  Read Full »

Can the reason for my testicular pain be detected with the help of an ultrasound report?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had testicle pain for the last three months since unprotected sex. My throat was red, which had now subsided. The intensity of neck pain has reduced but is still present. I have had constant testicle pain for the past three months. So, can you please interpret my ultrasound? I beli...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the ultrasound, you got right testicular inflammation, and on both sides, you have varicocele which is dilatation of your veins. Treating of inflammation can be done by taking antibiotics. I suggest you take- 1) Tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily for a week. 2...  Read Full »

How do I know if I have contracted HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I cheated on my wife and I am really scared that I may have HIV. When I say scared, I mean night terrors, huge anxiety, and no appetite (lost 15 pounds in three weeks). I cannot work and it is all I think about. The circumstances are as follows. I performe...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are worried but it is not the end of the world. You actually have a very low risk of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission from this exposure. Though the test is sensitive, you should get a fourth generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunoso...  Read Full »

Why am I suffering from recurrent a throat infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I had strep infection about a month ago. It took 6 to 10 days to get cured with the antibiotics. It has come back in the same way again. Should I take the same antibiotics? Could it be something else like a mono tonsilitis? I am currently taking Imuran 50 mg. Please give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your post. You have received the antibiotics one month back for streptococcal infection. You cannot take the same antibiotics at this time because it has been less than three months. So, you need a different antibiotic with a different mechanism of action. ...  Read Full »

Can the antibiotics I took before a month alter my sputum test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I have cough for about a week. It is a mild one with a bit sore throat. So, I did my sputum test in a laboratory and the following are the results I received today. Acid fast bacilli smear - acid fast bacilli not detected. In sputum culture and sensitivity, culture - negative, organism - ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Your sputum stain says that you have lower respiratory tract infection. However, culture is negative which can occur due to antibiotic consumption prior to sputum collection. Treatment would be based on your symptoms. Please mention what s...  Read Full »

Is my father's sore throat and difficulty in swallowing related to the oral gel prescribed by his dentist?

Query: Hi doctor,My father is a 75-year-old diabetic patient and he underwent a bypass surgery ten years ago. He is taking blood thinners. He has had sore throat pain while swallowing food or liquid for the past five days. His dentist prescribed an oral gel. Is it related?   Read Full »

Dr. Pratik Patil

Answer: Hi,Welcome to more details about the dental procedures. When was it done? Your father has pharyngitis (inflammation in the throat), which causes swallowing difficulty. Send me images for diagnosis. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicin...  Read Full »

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