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 bump behind my tonsils with pain and a white coating. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a sore throat for three years. It does not go away. It started as a tonsil infection. Now I do not get tonsil infections so much, but behind the tonsil, I have a sore bump that pains and sometimes has a white coating. I have trouble swallowing, and it hurts when I drink wate...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The picture of your throat suggests granular pharyngitis. Chronic irritation of the pharynx, either from recurrent nose or sinus infections or from reflux, can give rise to such an issue. Now since it is an irritation of chronic nature, it often tends to stay, and it...  Read Full »

I have mild sore throat and temperature. Should I consult a doctor for Covid-19 symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a mild sore throat last Friday and started to take Strepsils then the pain gone last Sunday. But early morning today at around 2 AM I had chills until the morning. I took Paracetamol right away. My body temperature is 37.2 currently. Should I go to the hospital? Are my symptoms ...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Viral infections produce similar symptoms. Common cold or seasonal flu produces similar symptoms as does Coronavirus. However, it is the severity of symptoms that are worrying in Coronavirus and the body's response to contain the virus. There is no need to panic righ...  Read Full »

What could be the bumps present above my tonsils in the throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my throat. Can you check the bumps present above my tonsils in the throat? I have attached my complete blood count report. I also have lymph node raised in the neck on the right and left side shoulder, so my body is fighting with something. Current symptoms are so...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the picture, I can see a slightly congested posterior pharyngeal wall along with tonsillar region (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The bumps you are referring to are small tonsillar cysts which do not carry any significance. They are benign and ...  Read Full »

I have sore throat with bumps. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a sore throat for about two weeks now and the wall of my throat has some sort of bumps on it. My tongue as well has bumps on them but they are not painful.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The pictures show three things (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The bumps on the back of your tongue which are circumvallate papillae. Then, there are slightly enlarged tonsils on either side of the throat. There are granulations on the posterior pha...  Read Full »

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