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 am a vocal artist and have recurrent throat infections with nodules despite taking medications. How do I overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor,I have recurrent throat infections with nodules. I am a vocal artist aged 38 years. I tend to get recurrent cold infections followed by throat infections which get aggravated with speaking. The episode usually begins with sneezing and irritation of the nose and then later develops into pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi. Welcome to I would like to know a few more symptoms of your condition. 1. Do you get severe throat pain, nose block, and cough during each attack of infection? 2. How long each attack of infection used to stay? 3. Do you used to be completely normal after treatment for each att...  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 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 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 »

Kindly suggest granular pharyngitis treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with granular pharyngitis and tonsillitis, but I do not have any post-nasal drip or cold. I have pain while swallowing certain oily and spicy food. What should be the treatment? In the last three months, I have got tonsil infection a couple of times.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Granular pharyngitis occurs because of chronic irritation to the pharynx. It is commonly seen in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, smokers, and nowadays, one of the most common cause for granular pharyngitis is laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder. The usual symptoms ...  Read Full »

What is this white spot in my throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my tonsils removed at the end of last year and from about a month ago, on one side, I noticed this white circle in my throat. It has not gotten any bigger or smaller but it has me worried because it does not look normal. It has no veins or anything though. Is it just a funny-look...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the photo you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems like a hypertrophied lymphoid tissue. Apart from tonsils, there are many small lymphoid tissues in and around our throat. Once the tonsils are removed, sometimes they get excess...  Read Full »

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