Are the white sores at the back of my throat due to herpes or tonsillitis?

Q. Can tonsillitis cause white sores at the back of the throat?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 05, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 03, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am 18 years old. I have white sores at the back of my throat. I am worried if it is herpes. However, when I read about them online, it suggests tonsillitis. I do not have any other health problems. Kindly advise.



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I understand your concern. The condition is follicular tonsillitis. The white part is pus that has developed due to a severe infection of the tonsils. I suggest you get a few basic investigations to help in proper treatment planning. They are: 1. Culture and sensitivity of throat (for identification of the infective organism and planning the most effective antibiotic) 2. Gram's stain of the throat. 3. CBC (complete blood count), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), blood sugar (fasting and post-prandial). I also suggest the below treatment plan: 1. Tablet Paracetamol 500 mg twice a day. 2. Tablet Amoxycillin 500 mg thrice a day. This antibiotic may be changed later as per the culture and sensitivity report. 3. Warm saline gargling. 4. Cough syrup having mucolytic and antihistamine. 5. Intake of adequate oral fluids. I hope this helps. Thank you.

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