Throat Pain

Significant causes of throat pain include influenza virus, bacterial infection, irritation caused by dry air, chemicals, cigarette smoke, acid reflux, sinusitis, laryngitis, allergies, after intubation, and post-operative causes. It is advisable to see the doctor if there is breathing and swallowing difficulty. Managing the underlying etiology is the recommended treatment.

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I have discomfort in the throat while eating. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, Last week I traveled with my cousin. He had a mild fever and cold. We traveled for nine to ten hours in the car, and we were together for a week. After reaching the destination, I ate lots of fish for two to three days, and we had a party so I had some drinks and then I slept off. After w...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I had gone through the attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It appears you are having some dental issues. The attached picture shows a retromolar ulcer on the left side of the lower j...  Read Full »

I have pain in the ear and throat with an abnormal growth inside the mouth. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the ear, throat, and area near the ear, with an abnormal growth inside the mouth. I am currently not taking any medications. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. I have gone through the attached image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and the swelling you pointed out is an inflamed tonsil. So no need to worry. It looks like an inflamed tonsil, and you ...  Read Full »

I have a painful throat and tongue condition, which do not resolve with a salt water rinse. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a painful throat and tongue condition called thrush. I tried with a saltwater rinse. It is also present in the back of my throat. I had this many years ago, and I recognize its symptoms. I am embarrassed about it and hope to cure it without delay. A few weeks of tablets Fluconazol...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query. I am sorry for such discomfort you are having. You already know the diagnosis that it is oropharyngeal candidiasis. Symptoms consist of: • White patches on the inner cheeks, tongue, throat. • Loss of taste. • Pain while eating or sw...  Read Full »

I have a sore throat that developed along with fever, chills, and headache, which are resolved now. What could be the reason for my throat pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I started feeling sick last week after getting drenched in cold rain. Afterward, I developed a sore throat, severe headache, chills, and fever. The symptoms lasted for four days. After that, however, all the symptoms went away except for the throat pain. It has been a week, and I still ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. You have an upper respiratory tract infection or pharyngitis, which can be managed swiftly. I suggest you to follow the instructions mentioned below, 1. Avoid cold food or water. 2. Do a lukewarm water gargle by a...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for ear and throat pain and the red line on my throat? Could it be throat cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39 year old female. I used to smoke one pack a day for 19 years, but quit cigarettes three months ago. 10 days ago, I had ear and throat pain on the left side. My lymph node was swollen only on the left side. I went to my GP who prescribed me Amoxicillin 1000 mg two times per day f...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Looking at the photo you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is very clear that you do not have any lesions in the throat which cause a suspicion of malignancy (cancer) to arise. The reddish line you are looking at is nothing but the dil...  Read Full »

What are these painful three white spots with yellow elevated parts on the back of my throat?

Query: Hi,I have three white spots on the back of my throat, and my throat hurts. When I swallow or breathe through my mouth, I feel discomfort. In addition, there seem to be some yellow parts that are elevated. I did a strep throat test, and it is negative. I had thrush about a month ago that developed af...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. The pictures are a little foggy (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I can see prominent pharyngeal lymphatic tissues and a few follicles in the pharynx. Diagnosis depends on the history. If you have ...  Read Full »

I have throat pain. Is it due to the unprotected oral sex I had before 26 days?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected oral sex and protected condom vaginal sex. I have warts already and intend to remove them with a dermatologist tomorrow. I tested negative for herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. I tested negative for HIV on the 11th day but thought it was too early, so I reteste...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single unprotected oral sex are almost nil. If there are no bleeding wounds in the oral cavity, the risk of protected intercourse is almost nil if a condom is used in a proper mann...  Read Full »

I have had a sore throat on one side for four weeks. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a sore throat on one side for the past four weeks, with no improvement, and referred ear pain, painful glands, painful swallowing, and when muscles contract by the larynx. The pain comes and goes at times during the day, and it is more painful when the throat is dry. Glands are...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I will try and help you out. Please provide me with some information to help you better. As you say, you are having throat pain only on one side. Could you send me a pic of your throat with your tongue? It might be tonsillitis. Does it pric...  Read Full »

I have severe eye pain with fever, throat pain and dry mouth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from fever since last three days. I got Lanol ER 650 mg tablet three times for fever, and Rantac medicine two times as an antibiotic. I am not getting any better with this. My throat has some pain and my mouth is going dry even if I drink water, and yesterday my eyes st...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are using a Paracetamol tablet to decrease fever and inflammation. You are also using Rantac that is antacid and not an antibiotic. Your symptoms are suggestive of viral pharyngitis most likely. I suggest you take Levocetirizine 5 mg OD for five days to relieve cong...  Read Full »

The left side of my throat hurts on and off throughout the day when I swallow. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,Four or five days ago, I was doing well but, when I woke up and swallowed, the left side of my throat has been bothering me ever since. I do not have any other symptoms, but it just hurts a bit when I swallow, then it would go away. When I wake up, it does not hurt, but it comes back throu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. From your symptoms listed above, it seems to be pharyngitis. Pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx. It can be caused due to allergy, infection, and laryngopharyngeal reflux.I would suggest:1)Tablet levocetirizine 5 mg orally at night for s...  Read Full »

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