Throat Infection

A throat infection causes symptoms of sore throat, which is an uncomfortable, scratchy sensation in the throat. It could be caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

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I am having shortness of breath with a feeling of paralysis of nasal passage. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past week I have been experiencing a “scratchy” feeling on just the left side of my throat right below my Adam’s Apple region. Now, it feels as though whatever it is has transformed into a feeling of paralysis from my voice box up to behind my left nasal pass...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you send me a picture of your throat (clear one). I want to see if your posterior pharyngeal wall or tonsils are infected. Are you a diabetic? What problem do you have in your nose? Is it like a nose block? Shortness of breath can be due to nose block as well. Do...  Read Full »

I have had a popping left ear for six weeks that worsens on talking and singing. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a popping left ear for at least six weeks which has not developed much worse but has not improved. After getting a cold, I started getting a painful throat on the right side. It feels swollen, but the doctor assured me there was no swelling of any glands. It is still uncomfo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you continue chewing gum. This will restore your eustachian tube function, and the popping can be decreased. Drink warm fluids, and avoid cold, icy, and spicy foods. I suggest you take an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen tablet once o...  Read Full »

Does my sore throat look like strep?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from sore throat. Three days ago, it initially started with pain and the redness appeared shortly after. I have had strep about three times now. It hurts when I yawn and swallow. I feel a little dry even though I have been gargling with water. I woke up this morning with a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are happy to help you. With the details you have provided and the photo you shared (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I have come to the conclusion that you are having an acute tonsillopharyngitis. This is the infection of pharynx (upper part of the ...  Read Full »

Why am I suffering from recurrent a throat infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I had strep infection about a month ago. It took 6 to 10 days to get cured with the antibiotics. It has come back in the same way again. Should I take the same antibiotics? Could it be something else like a mono tonsilitis? I am currently taking Imuran 50 mg. Please give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your post. You have received the antibiotics one month back for streptococcal infection. You cannot take the same antibiotics at this time because it has been less than three months. So, you need a different antibiotic with a different mechanism of action.Y...  Read Full »

Why do I experience dizziness and blackout with swollen throat?

Query: Hello doctor, For a couple of days now I have been ill and the symptoms are getting worse. First, it started off with a swollen throat (which I still have but is not as bad) which gives me a phlegm cough but has reduced. I constantly have dizziness and blackouts with pulsating sensations not only g...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethu Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on descriptive history, I come to the conclusion that it started off as a viral infection (a sore throat) and has progressed to a secondary bacterial infection which has manifested as a cough with phlegm and due to phlegm accumulation in your sinuses, you are expe...  Read Full »

I got a heavy cold last month and developed some problems with my throat. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I got a heavy cold last month, and since then, I have developed some problems with my throat.I consulted an ENT specialist who detected pharyngitis. Medicine is going on. But the throat problems are still existing. The problems are: There is a jam in the throat. Difficulty swallowing...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. We need a laryngoscopy to rule out any lump or growth inside the throat. Most often, it will just be a manifestation of reflux. Finish the current course of antibiotics and then start on a proton pump inhibitor tablet to be taken twice dail...  Read Full »

Can I take Amoxicillin for my severe headache and suspected viral infection in my throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a severe ongoing headache, it feels like my sinuses are blocked, and my face hurts. Also, my throat hurts, and I have difficulty swallowing and a high BP of 170/100 mm of Hg (I usually have 140/90 mm of Hg). This has been going on for two days and not getting better. I had a blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Antibiotics can be taken but make sure these antibiotics are not expired. Take only after meals, not more than twice a day, and you should not continue for more than five days. Firstly, I would suggest you do the sa...  Read Full »

For the past two years, I have had sticky mucus in my throat, headaches, breathing problems, and a persistent dry nose. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had sticky mucus in my throat or sinus for over two years. And now, I have headaches and breathing problems all the time. Also, my nose is always dry. However, I underwent septoplasty last year. What to do?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bindia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. You have got sinusitis. You need to get an X-ray and CT (computed tomography) scan of the sinuses. Kindly follow up after five days with the X-ray PNS (paranasal sinus) and CT scan report.  Read Full »

I have been suffering from an irritated throat for two years, and I tested negative for allergies. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, I have irritated throat for almost two years. Sometimes hoarse voice refers to the ear and chest. Along with that postnasal drip, LPR was diagnosed. I have tested negative for Streptococcus pyogenes and allergies.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Thanks for briefing me regarding the problem of concern. The most common reason for having these symptoms can definitely be a feature of chronic silent GERD with LPR (gastroesophageal reflux with laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asymptomatic or ...  Read Full »

I have recurring otitis media. How can this be fully resolved?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46 year old male. I have been having recurring otitis media every year since three years. I was treated with various courses of antibiotics. Amoxicillin is already resistant. So Cefpodoxime and recently Cefuroxime is being used for treatment. I would like to know if there is any pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Taking antibiotics is not the solution to the problem. If you have a recurrent infection and eardrum perforation, you need to undergo a minor ear surgery which is performed by almost all ENT surgeons. What investigations have you got done till now? Also, do you ha...  Read Full »

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