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I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

Consistent: ..with viral upper respiratory infection assuming this has been going on for less than a week and you are otherwise well. This may be associated with mild fever that responds to Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Nsaids, sore throat, congestion, intestinal discomfort, fatigue and aches and pains. The white patches represent local immune response. Seek help if no improvement in 7 days. Get adequate rest and hydration. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

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What causes a painfully sore throat on one side.

What causes a painfully sore throat on one side.

Infection: Throat pain usually signals the invasion of these structures by a germ, usually viral but sometimes bacterial. This could be a simple passing virus that self heals, or something as bad as an abscess that may need surgical drainage. Depending on how you feel, a visit to have it evaluated my be prudent. ...Read more

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I have post nasal discharge and sore throat on one side only. What does this mean? Weird

I have post nasal discharge and sore throat on one side only. What does this mean? Weird

One sided pain: Suggest that you have an infection, (most likely sinus), and that the drainage is only on the one side. ...Read more

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What do you think it could be if you have a sore throat on one side but it feels more like a cut and hurts worse when you open your mouth to eaor yawn?

What do you think it could be if you have a sore throat on one side but it feels more like a cut and hurts worse when you open your mouth to eaor yawn?

Cannot diagnose: This needs to be seen to be correctly diagnosed and managed. May be viral, Strep, other. Let a doctor take a look and treat you appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Needs a re-check: One-sided sore throat, with a visible lesion, not resolved with antibiotic, brings to mind a couple if possibilities. One is a possible abscess. An abscess would need to be treated in the Emergency Room by an ENT specialist. The other thought would be evaluation for a tumor. In both instances, and in light of him not being better, he needs to be re-evaluated. If his voice is affected go to ER ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat on one side with no swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have a sore throat on one side with no swollen lymph nodes?

Some options: Try saltwater gargles. Mix 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 amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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I have sore throat on one side and earpain when swallowingfor 4 days. Also nausea and vomiting white mucus like stuff today.

I have sore throat on one side and earpain when swallowingfor 4 days. Also nausea and vomiting white mucus like stuff today.

This is most likely: A viral illness, but you should be checked by your doctor, if you do not improve in a few more days, or if you have a fever. You could have strep throat or an ear infection, which the doctor can diagnose and treat if necessary. ...Read more

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I have sore throat on one side, and sore gum and cheek on the same side. My mouth has also been sore all over. Also seem to have clear dots on tongue.

I have sore throat on one side, and sore gum and cheek on the same side. My mouth has also been sore all over. Also seem to have clear dots on tongue.

Probably viral: This is probably a viral infection. When a virus infects it can invade multiple types of muscosal cells...gingiva, esophageal, tonsillar etc. Don't panic too much about the dots you see...the tongue is very vascular, colonized with every bacteria and fungus and has odd type cells if you look close enough. When it gets inflamed it can take quite abnormal and serious. Rest, fluids and time now. ...Read more

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I have an extremely sore throat on one side. Right tonsil is very swollen with potruding dark red pimple like spot. This came out of nowhere.

I have an extremely sore throat on one side. Right tonsil is very swollen with potruding dark red pimple like spot. This came out of nowhere.

Throat infection: The symptoms that you have described sound like your tonsil could be infected. Although an infection could be caused by a virus, it may be due to a bacterial infection. You should see a doctor and have your throat tested for Strep. A doctor can also determine if there is an abscess in your tonsil. Antibiotics and possible drainage of an abscess would be warranted in that case. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on one side, I see small white spots. Some chills, weakness, no other cold symptoms. This is the second day. Painful to swallow.?

I have a sore throat on one side, I see small white spots. Some chills, weakness, no other cold symptoms. This is the second day. Painful to swallow.?

And the question is?: Sounds like a throat infection which may be viral or bacterial. A visit & test can see if it's a treatable strep or just a virus you treat with comfort measures. ...Read more

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What could cause headache in front and back, nasal congestion, sore throat on one side when swallowing?

What could cause headache in front and back, nasal congestion, sore throat on one side when swallowing?

URI: Upper respiratory tract infection/ congestion and inflammation, affects your throat, sinuses (headaches) and your nasal cavity which occupies a good part of the head, please see your doctor, you might need prescription medications, good luck ...Read more

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Sore throat on one side, swollen lymph gland, hard to swallow, and back teeth very painfull with swollen gum? Is that from cavity?

Sore throat on one side, swollen lymph gland, hard to swallow, and back teeth very painfull with swollen gum? Is that from cavity?

Sore throat: You may have any number of problems, including infected wisdom teeth, periodontal (gum and bone) disease, or other soft tissue infection (s). Advanced tooth decay and abscess could cause pain and this much local soft tissue inflammation but the other conditions are equally important to identify and treat. See a dentist or oral surgeon immediately ...Read more

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Sore throat on one side, cough w yellow green thick mucas, runny nose for 6 weeks, no fever but I started w the flu n it was real bad for a week but?

Sore throat on one side, cough w yellow green thick mucas, runny nose for 6 weeks, no fever but I started w the flu n it was real bad for a week but?

? Sinusitis: See your primary care physician, you may have sinusitis following the flu. You probably need a scan of the sinus if exam doesn't give the answer. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat throat on one side and it is really worrying me. I do not smoke or drink?

I have a sore throat throat on one side and it is really worrying me. I do not smoke or drink?

Sore Throat: Raymond, quit worrying and go get your throat evaluated by your doctor. We can not see what it is so that is your best course of action. Also great decision making in not smoking or drinking. ...Read more

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How come I only have sore throat one side of throat?

How come I only have sore throat one side of throat?

Different reasons: A peritonsillar abscess is a rare condition caused when a bacterial infection develops on one tonsil.
Vocal nodules on one side could cause that.
Dental causes
cancer in one side of the throat.
Polyp in sinus area on one side. ...Read more

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Why is every time I make out I get sore throat most of the time on one side?

Sore throat: I assume "make out" means kissing? If so, I'm not sure unless you are catching an infection from your "friend". See an ENT doc for an exam to make sure there is nothing wrong with you. A throat culture of both parties could be valuable. ...Read more

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Throat feels sore and dry on just one side as well as a feeling of something stuck on the same side. What might this be? Just a sore throat?

Throat feels sore and dry on just one side as well as a feeling of something stuck on the same side. What might this be? Just a sore throat?

Tonsilloliths?: Do you have white spot (s) in/on your tonsil? If so, you may have tonsil stones (tonsilloliths), caused by a collection of food particles trapped in the crypts (pockets) of your tonsils. You can try using a water pick to remove them. Otherwise can try ibuprofen and salt water gargles for pain. ...Read more

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