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Is Strep Just In The Throat
Yes: Yes. If the feeling persists more than a few days, see a doctor in person to get it checked out. ...Read more
Is it possible that a child has strep throat and the adults around the child only get throat infections without the strep bacteria?
Throat culture: To optimize sensitivity of any culture, the specimen must be from areas with active bacterial colonies. These are often manifest by redness and perhaps some exudate. Using direct exam, the person performing the culture should look at the palate, tonsils and posterior pharynx to select the best sites to sample. ...Read more
Pharyngitis: Hello. Pharyngitis is a term that means inflammation of the pharynx which actuall is the back of the nose, mouth and throat. Strep is a common bacteria that can cause pharyngitis. Common lingo sometimes uses strep to refer to a pharyngitis but it is important to realize that viruses are one of the most causes of pharyngitis and antibiotics are actually not helpful in these cases. ...Read more
Often: Viral upper respiratory infections have to enter the body somewhere. Often they enter through the nose and then spread to the throat. However, it is possible to contract one through the mouth by kissing, sharing a cup, etc. ...Read more
Sure : Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test / culture. ...Read more
You bet.: Both can start with quite severe throat pain, but most viral infections abate in 1 - 2 weeks, as most cancers get worse. Either can produce neck nodes ("glands in neck") . And guess what. A viral infection with hpv can be the cause of some throat cancers, usually in smokers that drink for the rest. How do you find out? Direct laryngoscopy b. ...Read more
Not possible: Dr. Lawson's repl is exactly right. I'll add that there is no way to diagnose oral chlamydia except by throat swab. However, such testing isn't generally recommended anyway. Although chlamydia can be found in the throat, that's rarely the only site of infection. And if you have genital chlamydia, the treatment will take care of an oral infection if present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to feel mucus in your throat and none in your nose, or is it that the mucus in my throat is coming from my nose?
Post-nasal drip: This is the classic post-nasal drip. Think of gravity and it is pulling everything down. It is from your nose. ...Read more
Imaging: I do not know of a single X-ray of the sinuses and throat, though the areas could be imaged with several separate X-rays. Plain X-rays tend to be less specific in diagnosing particular issues than CT scans, which could actually encompass both areas. Inflammation is a tissue reaction, most commonly in response to infection or trauma. On a plain X-ray, it would manifest itself as tissue thickening. ...Read more
No: Laryngitis refers to an infection of the larynx or the voice box. Usually patients are hoarse with it. The larynx closes when we speak, swallow and cough. Tonsils are like specialized lymph nodes and are part of your immune system. In the mouth, you actually have four tonsils...The palatine tonsils (on both sides), the adenoid (in the nasopharynx) and the lingual tonsil (back of the tongue). ...Read more
Throat lump: It can be associated with acid reflux and i see that you have heartburn and you smoke, which does not help it. The lump may also be from post nasal drip if you have nasal allergies. I will bet on acid reflux, you need to change your diet and stop smoking and maybe take some otc antacids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the name of the throat spray for Tonsilitis with whitish tinge on the tonsils? It kinda melts away the tonsil stones and soothes sore throat.
Pill dysphasia: Hello. The answer is both! I have treated patients where their medication actually catches within a fold of the throat after a swallow. I have also scoped patients where they were sure that a pill was stuck in the throat yet the endoscopy revealed no pill or foreign body. ...Read more
Need more info: How long has this been happening? Does this occur only after lying down or after eating? Does this occur only during certain time of the year? ...Read more
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