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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 a sore throat, earache, and lump near my uvula. Why?

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 k...  Read Full »

I am struggling with frequent cold, cough, and sore throat. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old man, struggling with frequent colds, coughs, and sore throats lately. It is affecting my daily life, and I am getting frustrated with the constant illnesses. I am wondering if there are any steps I can take to better control these infections and prevent them from re...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Understandably, frequent colds, coughs, and sore throats can be frustrating and impact your daily life. While it is not possible to eliminate these infections, there are several steps you can take to reduce their frequency and severity....  Read Full »

My 5-year-old daughter has a fever, less appetite, sore throat, and cough. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is five years old. She is not well for the last four days, and her temperature is most of the time 38.4 degrees Celsius. She also has less appetite, sore throat, bad cough, and lethargy. I would like to know if it sounds like a streptoccoal throat infection. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Jeffrey Aaron

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Based on all the information you have given me, you are right, and this does sound like a streptococcal throat infection. I suggest you continue feeding the child with fluids like veggie soups, porridge, and lots of warm ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a sore throat despite taking a medication?

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 vir...  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 infect...  Read Full »

I am having a sore throat and body pain after protected sex. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. About 38 days ago, I had sex with a commercial sex worker. It was protected vaginal sex and protected oral sex. Also, there was deep throat kissing which lasted almost a minute. I am not sure about the condom being torn. For the last 3 weeks, I have had a sore ...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhadeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The good news is if you have protected oral and vaginal sex, then the chances of getting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are nearly nullified. Only at times, in the rarest of circumstances, can HIV be transmitted through some cuts in the genital mucosa, even after u...  Read Full »

I have had a cold and irritation in my throat for the last seven to eight days. Is it flu or an infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a cold for the last 7 to 8 days and a little bit of irritation in my throat. 4 to 5 days back, while moving my fingers on the neck under the chin, I felt mild swelling in the lymph node on both sides; it is a submandibular lymph node, I presume. There is no pain, only little...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With cold and throat irritation for 8 days with lymph node swelling indicates an infection. It could be viral or bacterial. You need some antibiotics for pain and swelling. I suggest you consult a specialist and take the medications with their consent. 1) Tablet Azi...  Read Full »

I have had a high fever and body pain for three days. Why?

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 pr...  Read Full »

I am worried that my localized pain in the larynx and ear is due to cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat on one side close to my larynx, the right-hand side. It is very localized, only in a very small place. It hurts while swallowing. I also have ear pain at times. It developed after a short respiratory illness, but it has been for over three weeks. I am very worried ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unilateral throat pain after recovery from an upper respiratory tract infection that is moderate to severe and with associated referred ear pain is likely due to aphthous ulcers of the tonsil, area around the tonsil, or deeper part of the tongue. Most of them are self-...  Read Full »

My left side throat is swollen and sore with red dots. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently stopped smoking cigarettes and weed. I have had tonsil stones, since then, I have been using saltwater to wash my mouth. I can feel something stuck in the back of my throat constantly when I swallow. When I check it in the mirror, it looks like the left side seems to have bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Smoking for long-duration causes specific changes in our throat and our airway. Sometimes it can have a profound impact on our upper digestive system also. Most of these changes adapt our throat and food pipe to prevent injury from nicotine and other components in ciga...  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. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank 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 reduce...  Read Full »

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