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A 17-year-old female asked:

Looked at throat with torch. below my right tonsil, there looks to be a fleshy lump. i have a cold cough and a runny nose | i'm female and 17

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Dr. Darragh O'Carroll
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
Viral Pharyngitis: Fall/Winter is when we see an increase in viral illness in the northern hemisphere, and your constellation of symptoms sound consistent with a Viral Pharyngitis, or a viral inflammation of your throat. The fleshy bump is likely mild swelling of your tonsil area, or even could be a fold of tissue you just haven't noticed before. Cancer would be extremely unlikely, but you should visit your doctor.
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