Throat Irritation

Throat irritation or sore throat can be due to tonsillitis, common cold, pharyngitis, local irritant, smoke, COVID-19 infection, allergies, GERD, strain due to yelling, etc. Apart from the virus most common bacteria causing sore throat is Streptococcus. Symptoms include dysphagia, scratchiness, hoarseness of voice, pain while opening the mouth, etc. Antimicrobial treatment, along with gargle, can help relieve the condition.

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Will a chronic silent GERD cause irritation in the throat with a feeling of a lump?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a lump at the back of my throat behind my tonsil on the right side. It is not causing any pain, but it is irritating, and I can feel it when I swallow. I also have a feeling of pressure in my right ear. I feel well otherwise with no throat pain or fatigue. When examined by my doct...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The lump that you are referring to is a mucosal fold that belongs to the posterior tonsillar pillar. It is sometimes visible in a few and may not be visible in oth...  Read Full »

Should tingling sensation in the throat be a cause for concern?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a feeling of something stuck in my throat with a tingling sensation for the past two days. I have phlegm in the morning after getting up. I have this issue for a year. I have not traveled anywhere other than on shopping trips. I have a bad habit of occasional mucophagy. I do not hav...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from the feeling of something stuck in your throat with a tingling sensation. This occurs due to irritation of the mucus membrane of the throat, esophagus, or trachea. You can also have a symp...  Read Full »

I have a swelling on the right side of the neck. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, My lymph node on the right side of my neck is swollen. I also have some swelling on the both sides of the back of my neck. It is hurting badly.  I have been on antibiotics for months, and it has been the same. It is very hard to see in a picture, but you can see and feel it in person. It...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, you have to get an appointment with a dentist and find out if any tooth is involved, which may be causing an abscess, inflammation of the nodes and swelling in the neck. The teeth have to be extracted or get root canal treatment for it. If the dentist says that...  Read Full »

What is the cause of the pill-stuck sensation in my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, For about five days now, I have this sensation of a pill stuck in the throat right below Adam's apple. There is no pain at all. It is not there in the morning but will show up throughout the day. I can eat and swallow without any problem, and it seems to go away when I eat. It is not qui...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The foreign body sensation in your throat is basically due to acid reflux. It is irritating the throat as acid raises high up to cause stickiness. Along with all the medicines you are taking, I would add few lifestyle measures. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and at least mov...  Read Full »

Can I get infected by blood splashing in my eye?

Query: Hi doctor,Recently, I had a blood splash in my eyes twice last week. I have done tests for HIV, HBsAg, and HCV. All the results came back negative. Today, I have a running nose with a bit of throat irritation. It disappears after drinking fluids. Should I be worried about this exposure?  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can know that even having an accidental exposure to potentially infectious fluids with intact mucous membrane can transmit HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B, and hepatitis C and the risk is low. Having negative results for viral markers is a good t...  Read Full »

How to help my GERD symptoms like chest pain and acid feeling in throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to ask about the hyperacidity and GERD that I am suffering. I am experiencing this for the past six months until now. From the start, it was not that frequent. However, for this month, every day I am already suffering pain in the chest and often acid go through my throat....  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you are suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) for a long time you need to take medicine for at least six weeks and follow some instructions. I suggest you to take some other acidity medicine like Pantoprazole. It would be better to take a combinat...  Read Full »

Why does the throat hurt from smoking cigarettes?

Query: Hello doctor, Why does my throat hurt after smoking cigarettes for the first time?  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay S Bhat

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinic.com. Since your throat is not used to the smoke, which contains a large number of chemicals, it got injured and started to pain. Chronic smokers will not experience pain due to a permanent change in the cells of the throat, which resist smoke-induced injury. Your throat wil...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for itching and burning sensation in my throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing some itching and burning sensation below the throat for the past two days. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Shaiza Hashmi

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. All throat conditions are not COVID-19. Sore throat can also occur in conditions like flu, cold, tonsilitis, COVID-19, etc. Kindly give complete history. Do you have any COVID-19 contact history? Is there any travel history by any close relatives, friends or by y...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for throat irritation, blisters and swallowing difficulty?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old. For the past five years, I have reddishness in the throat, and throat blisters may be inflammation (I do not know the correct word). I checked my blood thyroid, and all internal organs are working fine. Uric acid is a bit high and deficiency of vitamin D. I have sy...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common reason for having this throat irritation with a feeling of a lump or something obstructing while swallowing saliva can be a feature of chronic silent GERD with LPR (gastroesophageal reflux with laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asy...  Read Full »

Throat irritation with phlegm is not improving with medications. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a few inquiries about my current situation. I was suffering from this white phlegm in my throat for six months that bothers me, especially when sleeping. I consulted an ENT online who said that I was suffering from laryngopharyngeal reflux, and she prescribed me antacids and PPI...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the detailed history and attaching pictures (attachment removed to protect identity). As you mentioned, the previous doctor said it could be reflux. This can be true, but such a prolonged duration and still not healing suspect oral infection, which is mos...  Read Full »

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