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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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My 2 yr daughter has a fever and has swollen lymph nodes and red throat with white spots and now has mouth sores. Does that sound like strep throat ?

My 2 yr daughter has a fever and has swollen lymph nodes and red throat with white spots and now has mouth sores. Does that sound like strep throat ?

Maybe: This can be strep throat or a viral pharyngitis (such as coxsackie). She should be seen by her doctor and have a strep test done to determine if this is strep throat. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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Sore , red throat, swollen tonsils, but no white spots. Hurts to swallow. Headache, nausea, fatigue, and a bad cough. No fever but chills. Any ideas ?

Sore , red throat, swollen tonsils, but no white spots. Hurts to swallow. Headache, nausea, fatigue, and a bad cough. No fever but chills. Any ideas ?

Viral vs bacterial : You should follow up with a medical professional. The symptoms are consistent with a viral infection but you should rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Sore red throat w/ yellow spots, change in voice, female 23 still have tonsils. Sore throat 1-3 time per year. Strep test is always negative.

Sore red throat w/ yellow spots, change in voice, female 23 still have tonsils. Sore throat 1-3 time per year. Strep test is always negative.

Viral: This is most likely caused by viral infection such as mono (epstein barr virus) or another related virus. Depending on risk factors another potential cause could be std. ...Read more

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How many days should I drink amoxicillin 500 g for red throat? I have drank for 3 days 3 times a day and the redness still does not go away? Thanks.

How many days should I drink amoxicillin 500 g for red throat? I have drank for 3 days 3 times a day and the redness still does not go away? Thanks.

Follow prescription: This is something to discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. Often, antibiotics are prescribed for 7-10 days. It should be written on rx. If its not working, getting worse, then call the doctor and advise this. She or he may change the rx or re-evaluate you. ...Read more

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I used Flonase and developed a very sore, red throat. I can also see a white line running down the back, will symptoms resolve w/discontinuation?

Likely: You are probably not aiming the spray towards the side of the nose and thus getting most of the medication to the throat leading to a candida infection. Yes, it will likely go away with time but the recovery may be hastened by using a topical anti-fungal agent. ...Read more

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I have red throat two months without pain, have white tonque but i don't have candida or hairy l.Im HIV negativ no ctreptococos posible infection ?

I have red throat two months without pain, have white tonque but i don't have candida or hairy l.Im HIV negativ no ctreptococos posible infection ?

Stop looking: Here's a good rule of thumb: if you have no symptoms and only think something is wrong because you're looking at your mouth in the mirror, then stop looking at your mouth in the mirror. A white tongue is common and unlikely to be thrush, and throats are often red. ...Read more

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