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 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 sel...  Read Full »

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 »

I had a sore throat recently. Does my throat look symmetrical?

Query: Hello doctor, I am sharing a picture of my throat. I had my tonsils removed when I was a child. Recently, I had a sore throat, but I do not have any symptoms now. Does my throat look normal? It does not seem to be perfectly symmetrical to me. Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures shared by you (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). They show the following: A swollen uvula which is due to a recent throat infection or sometimes due to acid reflux disorders. Granulations in the pharynx wall which are...  Read Full »

Why do I have white spots and pain in the back of my throat since three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 34-year-old male, I weigh 220 pounds, and I am 5 feet tall. I have had a sore throat for three weeks now. I got tested for strep throat, but it was negative. However, I have white spots and pain in the back of my throat. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Throat pain with whitish lesions over the tonsils and pharynx lasting more than three weeks and not responding to treatment suggests viral pharyngotonsillitis. Usually, viral pharyngotonsillitis is associated with severe throat pain, generalized weakness, diffi...  Read Full »

Why am I getting throat irritation when I get exposed to pollution?

Query: Hi doctor,I have this sore throat like thing in my throat for the past 10 months. It is painless, remains the same, without any change, but bothering me a lot. I also have no problem with swallowing or breathing. I am 18 years old. I do have smoked, but I do not have a habit of smoking. The throat g...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) of the throat you have sent does not show anything significantly abnormal. There are normal-sized tonsils, and there are some lymphatic tissue swellings in the pharynx, which are expected in people living in cit...  Read Full »

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