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A 36-year-old member asked:

hole in back of gum and sore throat?

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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Sore throat: A hole in the gum is suggestive of a primary problem with the teeth. I could represent a cavity of the tooth with erosion of bone and early abscess formation. It could be from a tooth socket that is communicating with the sinuses. Either way, you really need to see a dentist and possibly and ENT if there is involvement of the upper or lower jaw bone and possibly sinuses if in the upper jaw.

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What should I do about a sore throat and white patches at the back of my throat?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Consult a doctor: You have have strep throat, this needs to be treated with antibiotics. For sore throats that are not strep, you can treat at home with pain relieving throat sprays/lozenges and gargling warm salt water. Consult a physician for a rapid strep test to see if antibiotics are needed.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I got a shot on monday, and I am wondering if the shot wears off will my sore throat come back?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Apple cider vinegar: If it was an antibiotic shot then it should help with healing. One folk remedy for sore throats is to gargle with a mix of 1 - 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of water up to once an hour. It is imperative that you swish water in your mouth after gargling – otherwise the vinegar will erode the enamel of your teeth.
A 48-year-old member asked:

My sore throat is back after a week if feeling better, what is wrong with me?

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Dr. Margaret Nusca
General Practice 53 years experience
Heating system: Perhaps your home heating system is drying out your sinuses and throat. It is cold up there in the north but a small humidifier might help.
East Meadow, NY
A 25-year-old female asked:

Sore throat on left side, just noticed 3 white spots in the back side of throat. Is this strep?

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Dr. Hasan Khondker
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
It very well may be : strep as white exudate in the throat is a sign . Your doctor should perform a rapid strep test to confirm
Norfolk, VA
A 21-year-old female asked:

Can a sore throat give you like small white patches or white dots in the back of your throat?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes it can: This could be indicative of strep throat, which should be treated with antibiotics not only to avoid spreading the illness, but also to prevent problems such as affecting your heart valves. See a doctor for a proper evaluation today. Hope this helps!

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