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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 had sex three weeks ago, and now I have sore throat and vaginal irritation. What are the chances that I have herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sexual intercourse three weeks ago. We used a condom but I have a bit of a sore throat and vaginal irritation. But there are no sores though. What are my chances that I have herpes? I am currently on PrEP (pre exposure prophylaxis) (Truvada). Please help me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have seen the attachment ( attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). They are tiny dots that can cause contact dermatitis but they are definitely not herpes. Herpes simplex especially genital herpes has ...  Read Full »

After sexual contact with a sex worker, I got symptoms a few weeks later. I took an HIV 4th generation test, which came back negative. Are these results conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 30-year-old male. I had sexual contact with a sex worker. Three weeks after the encounter, I developed a rash on my palms and soles, along with a low-grade fever and a sore throat. Eight weeks after the rash appeared, I took an HIV Duo 4th generation test at a lab, which was a to...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello,Welcome to is good news that the HIV 4th generation test came back negative after 11 weeks of exposure. The likelihood of a positive result emerging later is extremely low. However, for complete peace of mind and conclusive results, it is advisable to undergo an HIV antibody tes...  Read Full »

I am worried as I am suffering from a severe cold and it is getting worse. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 18-year-old male, 165 centimeters tall and my weight is around 215.5 lbs. I am suffering from a severe cold. It started two days ago and it is only getting worse. When I start working, it arises suddenly and gets worse. I do not have a medical history regarding it and I am not ta...  Read Full »

Dr. Ighodalo Nathan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest you have a common cold. Most colds are viral infections of the upper respiratory tract although bacteria can also infect the upper respiratory tract. Viral colds last about five to ten days before ...  Read Full »

What causes achy jaw, congested ear and sore throat after receiving a filling in tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I may have an abscess and I am worried about going into the dentist because of the coronavirus. Currently, I am experiencing an achy jaw and ear congestion on one side, a slightly stiff neck, and a mild sore throat. This comes before one month after a filling repair, and two weeks afte...  Read Full »

Dr. Wajid Hassan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand the fear you have not to go to the dentist but please do not risk your health because of the fear of coronavirus. There are precautions to that and the dentist will also be taking precautions as the state has already issued guidelines for the doctors...  Read Full »

Will poor oral hygeine and improper diet contribute to swollen lymph nodes on neck with sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently (the last week at the most) my lymph nodes in my neck have been very swollen. When looking at the back of my throat, I can see small tonsil stones, small, but many. There is swelling which I am hoping is associated with the stones and there is a lot of swelling at the top of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from swelling of lymph nodes on the neck with swelling of tonsil and sore throat. You lead an erratic life. You are a smoker. You do not maintain your oral hygiene regularly. You also do...  Read Full »

How long can I expect the white spots in my throat to last?

Query: Hi doctor, I have felt like there is something in the back of my throat when I swallow (it feels like a popcorn kernel) for the past few days. I saw white spots in my throat. I had white spots before when I had strep throat, but I never felt them when I swallow. I also have no other symptoms of str...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Streptococcus infection of the throat is a bacterial infection. The spread of infection occurs by coughing, sneezing, sharing food, etc. It usually causes inflammation and pain in the throat. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Some people experience ...  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, but t...  Read Full »

I am suffering from sore throat and noticed small whitish and yellow circle on the anterior tonsil. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. I recently had a viral illness about 30 days ago. When I had it, my throat was sore, and I noticed this small whitish and yellow circle on the anterior tonsil pillar arch when I opened my mouth wide. I am concerned it was there prior, as it has not disappeared....  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to the picture (attachment removed for patient identity protection), your throat looks normal, and this circled small ulcer looks safe, not cancerous. The picture shows dark redness in your throat and anterior tonsillar pillars. Is this redness a colour effect? ...  Read Full »

Why do I have sore throat for 15 days? Is that a symptom of HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sore throat for the past 15 days. I tried taking all the medicines. But there is no use. I had also done four tests for HIV in this period. I had protected sex. All the results came negative. Why do I have a sore throat? If I am doing another HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) te...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, there is no need to give a morning sample for HIV test. Second, a sore throat is due to infection and may not always be due to HIV. Simply check for any redness (congestion) of tonsils or surrounding area to rule out any infection. A sore throat can occur due to a...  Read Full »

I have a sore throat, fever, runny nose, with black stool. Is there anything serious?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sore throat, fever, runny nose, and black stool. Is there anything serious?  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from probably acute viral rhinopharyngitis with black stools. Black stools may be due to GI bleeding or Iron tablets consumption or infection, etc. Until examination is done it is difficult to say what it is. Use water vapor inhalation and salt wate...  Read Full »

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