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 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. Problems There is a jam in the throat. Difficulty swallowing. Feeling ...  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 »

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 strep and allergies.  Read Full »

Dr. B. 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 »

Which infection causes sore throat, white patches, and excess mucus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat, white patches, excess mucus (postnasal drip), and small red bumps on my tongue. What kind of infection is this?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like you have a bacterial throat infection and the red spots on the tongue are due to inflamed tongue papillae. For confirmation, consult an otolaryngologist and get a thorough clinical ev...  Read Full »

What can be done for fever and hoarseness of voice in 60 year old female?

Query: Hello doctor, This query is regarding my 60-year-old mother. She has fever and hoarseness of voice since three days. We did her CBC. Kindly suggest next steps.  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kanna Subramaniam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have not mentioned anything about any other symptoms or other associated illnesses let me assume there is nothing like that for her. Here your mother's CBC (complete blood count) is fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Nothing abnormal in tha...  Read Full »

What causes bumps on the pharyngeal wall?

Query: Hi doctor, I am quite worried about the bumps on the back of my throat. I am quite sensitive to dust and get sinusitis along with blocked nose and stuffed head often. Around three to four weeks back, I had small red bumps on the roof of my mouth. When I consulted with a doctor, they suggested Augmen...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have very precisely described your problem with pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I appreciate that. My diagnosis of your condition based on your symptoms is chronic or recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, which is causing chronic pharyngitis...  Read Full »

I have so much pain under my ear that my neck muscles are throbbing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My neck muscles are throbbing to the point I cannot go to sleep. It is just under the ear. I have looked it up, and it is my pituitary glands. My co-worker has symptoms of whooping cough, but I have been vaccinated in the last year. I had a cough and then feeling generally unwell. Now ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your case and want to add here that it does not seem to be the pituitary gland that is causing the issues. I am sure about this as pituitary is not located in this area. So, be calm. You had cough and there is general fatigue too. This means there is ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a bloody spot near the back of my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having some issues with my throat from the past couple of months. I feel a tightness in the neck. I do not have a runny nose, but I have post-nasal drip and lots of phlegm or mucus in the mornings. I feel like I need to clear my throat a lot. The symptoms seemed to go away fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see inflamed and enlarged tonsils with a congested posterior pharyngeal wall (back of the throat). A post-nasal drip running for a couple of months suggests some sinonasal inflammat...  Read Full »

Is cough medicine safe while breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is a lactating mother of two months old baby. Since one week she is suffering from bad dry cough. For the past two days she is unable to sleep. For every five to ten minutes she gets cough. We consulted a doctor and had medicine. But, still there is no relief. I attached the medic...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and the prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Most likely your wife might be having throat infection for which she has not received proper treatment. I recommend her to get a test called throat swab culture sensitivity a...  Read Full »

What causes white patches on the throat along with a burning sensation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. My symptoms are burning sensation on the throat, excess burping, frequent throat clearing, mucus coming to the throat, bitter taste, difficulty swallowing, and ear pain. My symptoms started four months ago. Now, I noticed a white patch on the back of my throat, a...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Constant irritation in the throat with throat clearing and burning sensation can be due to two primary reasons as follow; There are allergic issues in the nose, wherein there is some irritative substance entering, and the nose initially produces a sneezing r...  Read Full »

I have had a cold and irritation in my throat for the last seven to eight days. Is it flu or an infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a cold for the last 7 to 8 days and a little bit of irritation in my throat. 4 to 5 days back, while moving my fingers on the neck under the chin, I felt mild swelling in the lymph node on both sides; it is a submandibular lymph node, I presume. There is no pain, only little...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With cold and throat irritation for 8 days with lymph node swelling indicates an infection. It could be viral or bacterial. You need some antibiotics for pain and swelling. I suggest you consult a specialist and take the medications with their consent. 1) Tablet Azi...  Read Full »

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