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 suffer from a sore throat with lumps. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a sore throat and ear pain. I have lots of lumps in the back of my throat. I had Amoxicillin and gastro-resistant tablets. I have a previous history of GERD. I am terrified that I have throat cancer. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having posterior pharyngeal wall hypertrophy. This is due to chronic post-nasal drip. Do you feel some difficulty while swallowing? What medicines have you been taking so far? Do you have a history of smoking? Please follow up with the required information to sug...  Read Full »

What might be the cause for persistent sore throat for more than three months?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a persistent sore throat for three months at the back of my throat. And I have a feeling that something is stuck in my mouth. It may be on one side of the back throat one time and on the other side sometimes. My ear will also feel closed during this situation. The problem is m...  Read Full »

Dr. Pranay Shailendra Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly give me some time to answer your query.  Read Full »

What are the cause of my husband's extreme shivering and profuse sweating at night?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband was in a below-freezing weather all weekend, day and night, for military training. Nine of the men he was with went to the hospital for various cold weather injuries. Since coming home, he has been suffering from what seems like a cold in the daytime, but at night, he has extr...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What you are describing sounds like the starting stages of a respiratory tract infection (RTI). Viral respiratory tract infections, especially influenza, are more common during colder periods of the year and have a high incidence in military settings. Virus or bacterial o...  Read Full »

Can I have enlarged tonsil on one side only?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female. I do not drink alcohol or smoke. One of my tonsils remains bigger than the other. I noticed it especially after getting an infection on one of my wisdom tooth and I started to have sore throat. My infected tooth was present on the left side but I have tonsil en...  Read Full »

Dr. Nishant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. One of the tonsils remains larger than the other. I do not think that this is an issue at this moment. Sore throat occurs due to wisdom tooth infection and you are taking the right treatment. Your tonsil does not hurt and you do not know w...  Read Full »

Can nasal sprays and medications help with my itching and soreness in the throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I took hot steam inhalation directly from the stove without switching it off thrice daily for a month. I used Karvol plus, turmeric, and Zinda tilismath for steam inhalation. Can I have a chance of developing throat or lung cancer or any other type of cancer due to this process of steam ...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have allergic rhinitis. It occurs due to a hyper response to certain material such as dust. It presents with bouts of sneezing that occur more at a specific time in a day. Apart from dust, there are many other materials that can cause allergic rhinitis. The affected...  Read Full »

Can a sore throat mean a COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 43 years old. I am have a itchy throat, and rarely once a day I get a cough due to it for the last four days. I do not have a fever, cold, running nose, or any pain in the throat while swallowing. I have not had any contact with a COVID-19 positive patient. I am at my home only. I g...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. It can be due to common flu or throat infection caused by other bacterial infections, so do not worry, as you have mentioned that you were not in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient. You can take the following ...  Read Full »

Please advise medications for high fever, sore throat, and loose motion.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a high fever (102 F), sore throat, and loose stool. I am taking medication for hypothyroidism, blood thinners, and blood pressure. Please advise me on what could be the cause?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Having analyzed the history you have provided, I would like to let you know that, Your present condition could be because of a number of reasons. Since you have mentioned a history of having a cardiac condition, I would like to know if you have had any rheumatic hear...  Read Full »

I have a sore throat and lost my voice due to it. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. Over four weeks ago, I started getting a sore throat and lost my voice for about a month now. I have a sore neck like something is grabbing it. My voice has been sore if I try and talk. I have mucus coming up, which is white colored with some blood. I am on Penicillin V...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to would suggest you take a swab of the throat mucus and ascertain the organism that is growing and producing the symptoms.The sensitivity pattern will reveal whether the organism is responding to the antibiotic being taken.To help lighten the mucus and remove it, I sugge...  Read Full »

How do I treat my tonsillitis and why do they occur?

Query: Hi doctor, I have chronic tonsilitis (tonsil stones as well) and recurrent sore throat for as long as I know. While stretching my throat, I noticed red streaks, like a prominent vein on the wall lining behind the tonsil, which looks ready to bleed but does not (tried with a cotton bud, and there is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. It can be a swollen mucosa due to infection, as you have mentioned that you have tonsillitis. So tonsillitis is caused by bacterial infection only, but if there is a small stone formation, then the tonsils can be rem...  Read Full »

What are these strange bumps on the back of my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 38 years old female. I have had a chronic sore throat for a while now, and I have noticed a few strange lumps on the back of my throat. I am not sick. I just wanted to know what they could be? I had allergies, chronic sinusitis, and snoring due to deviated septum. I used to smoke ci...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for providing a quick brief history. I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent as well. The small bumps you are mentioning are lymphoid follicles diffusely present in the throat and represent the first line of defense for the body. One of the larger aggr...  Read Full »

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