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A 49-year-old female asked:

What can i do to make my sore throat go away. i've been experiencing a sore and red throat for the past three weeks. and i noticed on one side there's a small puss bump in it. i've gurgled with warm water and salt and use throat spray as well.

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Dr. Richard Arden
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Without : Without having the benefit of visualizing this area, it sounds like you may have a mucopyocele of the oropharynx (basically an obstructed and secondarily infected minor salivary gland of the throat). A trial course of appropriatelly directed antibiotics and office-based marsupialization of the cyst ( basically an i & d) may be of benefit. A general rule of thumb is persistent sore throats not improving over several weeks should be checked out. Its also possible you may have a small peritonsillar abscess or peritonsillitis with tonsillolith fomation. One wouldn't know without looking.

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