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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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What could be the reason for ear and throat pain and the red line on my throat? Could it be throat cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39 year old female. I used to smoke one pack a day for 19 years, but quit cigarettes three months ago. 10 days ago, I had ear and throat pain on the left side. My lymph node was swollen only on the left side. I went to my GP who prescribed me Amoxicillin 1000 mg two times per day f...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at the photo you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is very clear that you do not have any lesions in the throat which cause a suspicion of malignancy (cancer) to arise. The reddish line you are looking at is nothing but the dilation...  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 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 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: 1. A swollen uvula which is due to a recent throat infection or sometimes due to acid reflux disorders. 2. Granulations in the pharynx wall which ar...  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 »

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, difficulty sw...  Read Full »

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