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I've had intermittent sore throat for about a year. Same spot, can come and go within hours. Definitely not post nasal drip no inflammation seen.?

I've had intermittent sore throat for about a year. Same spot, can come and go within hours. Definitely not post nasal drip no inflammation seen.?

Throat red spot: Any persistent red spot of the throat particularly in association with a history of tobacco use should be fully evaluated including an assessment of the regional lymph nodes. A biopsy may be warranted. Seek evaluation by your primary care physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I am exp earache (quality: dull or aching sensation) (mild) and sore throat. Intermittently. Moves left to right. Doc 2wks ago -virus. Normal?

I am exp earache (quality: dull or aching sensation) (mild) and sore throat. Intermittently. Moves left to right. Doc 2wks ago -virus. Normal?

Common: Looks like middle ear infection together with pharyngitis, usually viral, but secondary bacterial infection may ensue. Kindly revisit your doctor for a second look as you may need antibiotics, meanwhile saline nasal washes and salt water gargles would help decongest the area, and take pain killers as needed, good luck ...Read more

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I started with a sore throat on my right side, as well as an earache on that side as well. That lasted for a few days. Then I got an intermittent stab?

I started with a sore throat on my right side, as well as an earache on that side as well. That lasted for a few days. Then I got an intermittent stab?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is very sore, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat (very painful on one side, dry cough, spasms and intermittent fever). I feel OK but not 100%?

I have a sore throat (very painful on one side, dry cough, spasms and intermittent fever). I feel OK but not 100%?

Give it time: Sounds like a painful, but typical upper respiratory tract infection which is self limited. Give it a little time to completely normalize and you should do well. ...Read more

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I have had reflux and been on meds for about a month. Have had intermittent burning in throat and intermittent upper tummy burning. Last few days have had tightness in throat, sore throat and hurts to swallow.?

I have had reflux and been on meds for about a month. Have had intermittent burning in throat and intermittent upper tummy burning. Last few days have had tightness in throat, sore throat and hurts to swallow.?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges or Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had a runny nose, sore throat, swollen glands and intermittent headaches for the past 10 -12 days. Suspect sinuses are involved.

I've had a runny nose, sore throat, swollen glands and intermittent headaches for the past 10 -12 days. Suspect sinuses are involved.

Dr. Can check it out: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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My 7 year daughter has had intermittent fever (up to 102for 5 days now along with a little sore throat and red swollen gums- she is getting a mohler tooth at ths time also. Any suggestions for treatment?

My 7 year daughter has had intermittent fever (up to 102for 5 days now along with a little sore throat and red swollen gums- she is getting a mohler tooth at ths time also. Any suggestions for treatment?

Sounds like teething: If your daughter is not allergic to either advil or tylenol, (acetaminophen) you can give her the appropriate dose to manage her fever and pain. It sounds like teething pain but I would have her see a dentist about the swollen gums to rule out other possible pathologies as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have sore throat?

I have sore throat?

Many possibilities: This could be from a viral or bacterial infection, from sleeping with your mouth open, and breathing through it so that it dehydrates. If you are concerned that this may be strep throat and need treatment, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have sore throat?

I have sore throat?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if a sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol or Motrin can help decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I treat sore throat?

How can I treat sore throat?

Depends on cause: Most cases are due to a viral infection, in which case you need a pain killer such as Ibuprofen or naproxen. ...Read more

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I am sick with a sore throat?

I am sick with a sore throat?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen can lessen pain. ...Read more

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How do I help my sore throat?

How do I help my sore throat?

Natural remedies: Lots of things have been tried for sore throat - that's because everyone's had one! Salt water gargling helps. Some people swear by lemon and honey. Others use apple cider vinegar diluted in water for a gargle. Ibuprofen and tylenol (acetaminophen) help. You could even alternate taking them if you want! Cheers! ...Read more

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How do I help my sore throat?

How do I help my sore throat?

Sore throat: Stop smoking!
you can garggle with salt and water, use a saline nasal spray if your allergies are acting up. Consult an allergist if you have constant nasal congestion to soothe your post nasal drip. ...Read more

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How can I relief sore throat?

How can I relief sore throat?

Gargle: W/cool salt water few times a day. Use lozenges or chloraseptic spray. If not better 4-5 days, see Dr. ...Read more

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How can I help my sore throat?

Herbal medicines: Presuming this is an acute sore throat, these are usually viral & thus antibiotics won't help (if you have a fever and fairly swollen glands it could be strep or another bacterial infection, which can be helped by antibiotics). My favorite treatments for sore throats are herbs, especially pelargonium sidoides & andrographis. Propolis, made by bees, also helps. See my comment for links & more. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sore throat?

How can I treat a sore throat?

Find the reason: And then the treatment. A sore throat caused by viral infection — the most common cause — usually lasts five to seven days and doesn't require medical treatment.
If your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics. According to mayo clinic. ...Read more

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What do I do for a sore throat?

Depends on how bad: Sore throats are quite common. If you have a high fever and a very sore throat it might be an indication of bacterial infection. You may need antibiotics. If it is a relatively minor sore throat then it is more likely viral. Salt water gargles and antiseptics like listerine are helpful. Always seek medical if throat is getting worse. Rarely tumors can present with a sore throat as well. ...Read more

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How can I cure my sore throat?

Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a streph throat test & culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat.

I am experiencing sore throat.

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can lessen pain. ...Read more

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What do I do for a sore throat?

Depends on cause: If you have fever and no cough, rapid strep test may be needed (need antibiotic if strep). Otherwise likely viral. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid can help with pain. If congested, then Sudafed. If associated with nasal drainage, then antihistamine. If exacerbated by cough, then add cough suppressant. Pharmacist can help with these and advise for possible side effects. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I beat a sore throat fast?

Fast?: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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What should I do for sore throat?

What should I do for sore throat?

Depends on the cause: The treatment would depend on what is causing it. In a viral infection, it will go away in a few days. If you have a bacterial infection, then an antibiotic is needed. There are also other causes. In the meanwhile, a topical oral anesthetic lozenge may help but I am not sure if it is available in your area. Some people find gargling with salt water (0.9%) may be soothing. ...Read more

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What should I use for sore throat?

What should I use for sore throat?

Symptomatic Rx: Most sore throats are viral pharyngitis. Check to see that you don't have an exudate on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws which could suggest need for a strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. Antibiotics are not needed. ...Read more

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What do I do about my sore throat?

What do I do about my sore throat?

What to do.: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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How can I cure a sore throat fast?

How can I cure a sore throat fast?

Sx relief: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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