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Throat Culture Test

A throat culture test is helpful to find germs such as bacteria or fungus causing an infection. The sample of cells from the back of the throat is added up to a substance that promotes the growth of germs. When there is no growth of germs, then the culture is negative. When the germs cause infection to grow, the culture is positive.

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I have pharyngeal wall congestion. How to cure this?

Query: Hi doctor,I have throat pain in my right side for a month. After taking antibiotics, it subsides. When I stop taking it, it starts again. The doctor told me it as pharyngeal wall congestion. How can I cure it?  Read Full »

Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your condition. You have recurrent pain due to chronic tonsilitis or pharyngitis, chronic gastritis, and persistent nasal discharge. Taking antibiotics helps a lot. Start taking medication to resolve it and have some lifestyle changes. You can take tablet A...  Read Full »

I have a swelling even after the throat ulcer has healed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I do not have tonsils. They were removed a year ago. Three to four days ago, I got an ulcer in my throat. It hurt for two or three days. The ulcer is healed now but it has this mass or inflammation under it. What is this? I have never seen this with an ulcer.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having an ulcer on the posterior tonsillar pillar. It looks like a benign ulcer. The protocol is medicines must be given for the ulcer to heal. If the ulcer persists in spite of medicati...  Read Full »

I felt fennel stuck in my throat. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I was chewing fennel and after a few minutes I felt that it has stuck in my throat (upper side), I am not sure if it was stuck or not, because I got a sore throat after that,so I thought it might be because of that. I went to the doctor (ENT) and he checked my throat and he did not find a...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide expert opinions on your medical issues. You are probably suffering from pharyngitis only. If fennel would have been there, the inflammation must be focal. You should take an antibiotic instead of steroids that are not required in a condition like...  Read Full »

Why does my throat hurt after singing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a new singer. Last week, I sang a lengthy song without warm up. In the evening, I had severe throat pain. I gave voice rest, but still I have some sensitivity in my throat. I feel quite tired always. Is this because of vocal strain? I also have tonsils. My throat feels uncomfortable ...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinidhi Ravi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from vocal strain and a mild throat infection. You always feel tired due to this infection. Whenever you suffer from any throat infection, it causes a strain on your voice. As you also sang without any warm up, your throat could not handle the additiona...  Read Full »

Is small bump on the throat with mild burning and raw feel a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am someone who suffers from health anxiety. I notice a lot of changes with my body. However, I had an appointment to get my throat looked at today but was declined due to COVID-19 concerns. I do not feel this is COVID-19 related, however. I have a spot on my bottom right side of my m...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should not be so worried like that. It is a minor sickness. You just need a symptomatic treatment as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory drugs.Your throat is deep dusky red in color (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is not normal. I think yo...  Read Full »

I have throat pain even while swallowing saliva. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have throat pain. The pain aggravates during eating or drinking. I also feel the pain while even swallowing saliva. I have the pain for the past three days. I am currently taking lozenges (Strepsils).  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Kumar Nanjasetty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for posting the query. I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) thoroughly, and I believe that you are suffering from acute granular pharyngitis. You need to start with home remedies such as 1. Drinking frequent sips of warm...  Read Full »

After having a throat infection, I have some alterations in my taste. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I was at my local out of hours service this morning with an extremely painful and swollen throat. I was told I had a severe case of tonsillitis. I have been given antibiotics. Since then I feel a poison taste running down my throat and had a bit of a relief of p...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The feeling that something burst and having poison taste in the mouth will be most probably due to release of tonsillolith (tonsil stone) from the tonsillar fossa and associated pus and mucus that come along with the stone. I suggest you antiseptic gargles like Betadin...  Read Full »

How can I know if my throat infection is viral or bacterial?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a bad throat infection and fever. At present, I have a fever of 101 F. I took Meftal forte 45 minutes back, but the fever has still not come down. Can I take Paracetamol? My doctor gave me Augmentin and Allegra-D.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your doctor has examined you and started you on antibiotics, that is, Augmentin (Clavulanic acid and Amoxicillin), you, please complete that course. Along with it, I suggest taking Paracetamol 500, three times daily. Continue taking Allegra (Fexofenadine).   Read Full »

My sore throat is not resolving despite medications. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a bad throat and unable to speak. I have started Augmentin 625 since yesterday with no relief so far. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Antibiotics usually take some time to show their effect. Since you have been started on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication from yesterday, finish the course as directed and you will be fine. If you feel ill after completion of course, then we will go for a ches...  Read Full »

I frequently get throat infections. How to prevent them?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to get throat infection whenever I drink cold water. Due to weather also drinking water gets cold. Even that leads to throat infection. What measure shall I take to protect myself from throat infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Many patients come to me with this complaint of frequent sore throat. First I would say do not worry about this. We must evaluate if there is any pathogenic organism residing in the throat and causing recurrent infections. For the same a throat swab (culture and sensiti...  Read Full »

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