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My daughter has small itchy red bumps with a kind of scaly or blister like center. She recently had a fever, swollen glands, and sore throat.

My daughter has small itchy red bumps with a kind of scaly or blister like center. She recently had a fever, swollen glands, and sore throat.

Post sore throat ras: This is likely guttate psoriasis that occurs after some strep infections. Generally this resolves on its own. If the skin lesions continue to spread, become more painful or develop red streaks, take her to her pediatrician. ...Read more

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My son had soreness on one side of his tongue, which followed a swollen roof of mouth. Now has off and on sore throat and swollen gland on one side .

My son had soreness on one side of his tongue, which followed a swollen roof of mouth.  Now has off and on sore throat and swollen gland on one side .

Evaluation needed: It would be prudent for your son to see a physician to determine the cause of these symptoms and then appropriate treatment if necessary. It could be a viral or bacterial infection or something else. Only a personal clinical examination can accurately determine the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more

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2 weeks after I had unprotected sex I developed a sore throat and swollen glands. A few days later knots on both sides of my neck occurred. HIV?

2 weeks after I had unprotected sex I developed a sore throat and swollen glands. A few days later knots on both sides of my neck occurred. HIV?

HIV: Since you have not disclosed your age, a response is not possible. Please discuss with your parents or your physician. ...Read more

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Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.

Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.

Something infectious: Mono is from the EBV virus, and can cause swollen glands (lymph nodes) and big tonsils. Strep throat can do the same thing, but Strep throat needs antibiotics. Some other infections can cause big lymph nodes. More rarely, blood disorders and blood cancers cause swollen lymph nodes and fatigue (person often gets anemic). This all means that a trip to the doctor would be wise. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 4 days down left side with swollen glands. Should I go to doctor?

Sore throat for 4 days down left side with swollen glands. Should I go to doctor?

Yes -see doctor: It's always good to see a doctor if you have health concerns, because that way you can get the best treatment possible. Health Tap is useful for some things -but it's nice to have someone listen to you, examine you and perform the appropriate tests...particularly if these symptoms have gone on for more than a few days. A sore throat could mean various things such as Strep, a viral infection etc. ...Read more

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What illnesses involve swollen glands, a sore throat, and white blisters in the back of your throat? There are puss pockets on both sides of throat, but only the right side of my throat hurts and is swollen.

What illnesses involve swollen glands, a sore throat, and white blisters in the back of your throat? There are puss pockets on both sides of throat, but only the right side of my throat hurts and is swollen.

This : This sounds like strep throat. However the "white blisters" on your throat are worrisome. The concern is a peritonsilar abscess, which is an emergency that needs to be addressed right away. Seek medical attention asap if you have not done so already.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Sore throat, worse with swallowing. Swollen glands on rt side. Cough, somewhat productive. Is it likely a virus and therefor no reason for dr visit?

Sore throat, worse with swallowing. Swollen glands on rt side. Cough, somewhat productive. Is it likely a virus and therefor no reason for dr visit?

Viral Most Common: It is most likely a viral infection, which usually clears on its own within a week. If the symptoms last longer, fever worsens, severe headache, skin rash, dark urine, thick mucous, cough productive of colored or bloody sputum, or difficulty breathing, see your doctor.
To relieve the sore throat, gargle frequently with warm or cold double-strength tea or warm salt water . Wash hands often. ...Read more

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What would cause one of my neck vein/arteries to always stick out of the skin? Male 20 yrs old sore throat/ mucus lately with swollen glands in neck.

What would cause one of my neck vein/arteries to always stick out of the skin? Male 20 yrs old sore throat/ mucus lately with swollen glands in neck.

Neck Veins: If the vein sticking out is long term, that's your normal
Occ neck veins get inflamed due to head and neck infections, but you would then be very sick ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a sore throat and swollen glands?

What's the best way to treat a sore throat and swollen glands?

Doctor's visit: Depends on a number of things:
what the swollen glands feel like
what the throat looks like
fever?
Elevated wbc?
Any other medical history?
How long it has been going on.
Any other findings on exam. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in having a sore throat and swollen glands inside your mouth or its the same ? Because my throat been sore on & off for weeks ?

Is there a difference in having a sore throat and swollen glands inside your mouth or its the same ? Because my throat been sore on & off for weeks ?

Go see ENT doctor: Sore throat is commonly caused by infections(glands can enlarge although they are actually located in the neck).
Any sore throat that persists beyond 2-3 weeks requires full evaluation from ENT doctor to make sure there is no serious infection like Strept throat. ...Read more

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My daughter has woken with swollen lips and and a puffy face. She has had a sore throat and swollen glands with a temperature of 38.5 even after parac?

My daughter has woken with swollen lips and and a puffy face. She has had a sore throat and swollen glands with a temperature of 38.5 even after parac?

Need to see a doctor: It looks like your daughter is getting an acute pharyngitis. She is needed to be seen by a physician to be evaluated if she has bacteria infection. In the mean time, try to control her fever with alternating paracetamol and Ibuprofen so it won't be so high that she may have seizure due to high temperature. She needs to drink plenty of fluid too so she is not dehydrated. ...Read more

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My daughter tested positive for mono yesterday. how long has it been since she contracted the virus. she doesnt seem to b overly tired but had the sore throat and swollen glands.

My daughter tested positive for mono yesterday. how long has it been since she contracted the virus.  she doesnt seem to b overly tired but had the sore throat and swollen glands.

Mono testing: Given that she has other symptoms, it is likely that the disease contact was within the past week to 10 days. The mono test is based on development of IgM antibodies, which are the first ones to appear, and develop within about a week. Depending on the test, there can be other considerations, but her case sounds consistent with the common scenario. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat a sore throat/swollen glands?

What are some natural ways to treat a sore throat/swollen glands?

Salt water gargles: 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. 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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I had oral sex then a week later swollen glands and a sore throat came, I'm 19 yr female what could this be?

I had oral sex then a week later swollen glands and a sore throat came, I'm 19 yr female what could this be?

Maybe strep,flu,etc.: One should be sure to tell the doctor exactly what kind of oral sex is going on. Sore throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it is more likely allergies or irritation. There are rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had 2 front crowns 3 years ago, been having pain and now sore throat swollen glands, no voice could this be from the crowns?

Had 2 front crowns 3 years ago,  been having pain and now sore throat swollen glands, no voice  could this be from the crowns?

Front crowns: Your symptoms are generally unrelated to dental treatment.
However, it the pain is in the teeth that have the crowns, you need to have them examined by a dentist. ...Read more

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I have a more severe sore throat than normal for the 4 days, but it was pretty light on the first day. She also has swollen glands, and congestion.

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I have a more severe sore throat than normal for the 4 days, but it was pretty light on the first day. She also has swollen glands, and congestion.

Swollen glands: I agree with as dr. Thompson, swollen glands with a sore throat and congestion are common. Generally this is all caused by a virus and is best treated by doing things to ease your symptoms and amake you feel better. If the glands are extremely tender or are in a location other than just below your jaw or the front of your neck, you probably want to make sure you don't have strep. ...Read more

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Very sore throat, swollen glands, tired, cough. Had it for 10 days, what do you think it is?

Very sore throat, swollen glands, tired, cough. Had it for 10 days, what do you think it is?

Viral syndrome or: allergies. More likely viral... Could be mononucleosis,which is a virus and lasts a while. ...Read more

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No, I am a non smoker. The cough has been copounded by sore throat, swollen glands, headace and nausia..?

No, I am a non smoker.  The cough has been copounded by sore throat, swollen glands, headace and nausia..?

Viral infection: The symptoms are classical for a flu-like syndrome that is involving both the upper respiratory tract (sore throat, swollen glands) and lower respiratory tract (cough). As a rule, symptoms that get worse after 5 days can be treated by an empirical antibiotic and symptoms that linger after 10 days should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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How does it feel when you have swollen glands in your throat ? Does it feel like you can't really swallow and almost like you have a sore throat ?

How does it feel when you have swollen glands in your throat ? Does it feel like you can't really swallow and almost like you have a sore throat ?

Yes: There are glands, adenoids, tonsils and any can be inflamed and enlarge and be part of sore throat symptoms -pharyngitis and fell obstructive.
Some folks require surgery if recurrent or suspicious for tumor ...Read more

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What to do? Temp, swollen glands, sore throat, malaise 3 days, temp no 103 taking aspirin, tolerates fluids well,

What to do? Temp, swollen glands, sore throat, malaise 3 days, temp no 103 taking aspirin,  tolerates fluids well,

Probably Viral infec: Sore throat is frequently caused by a virus(viral upper respiratory infection). You can take Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for relief of symptoms but it has to be repeated every 6 to every 8 hours in order to control the fever. Fever should settle down in 3-5 days. If the fever persists you should see your family doctor as you may require antibiotics if you have strept throat infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you had a sore throat for 3 weeks ? Or swollen glands . I don't think I have a cold I don't have a fever . What could be wrong ?

What does it mean if you had a sore throat for 3 weeks ? Or swollen glands . I don't think I have a cold I don't have a fever . What could be wrong ?

Nothing or something: Most commonly such symptoms merely mean a slow to improve throat infection. But swollen glands may be a sign of Hodgkin's disease or other cancer. If symptom persists, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands under chin cos I had a sore throat and now a cold sore. When cold sore will be gone, how long does it take for glands to settle?

I have swollen glands under chin cos I had a sore throat and now a cold sore. When cold sore will be gone, how long does it take for glands to settle?

A while.: a first time cold sore might take 1-2 weeks to completely resolve and the nodes could stay swollen for a month or more. Subsequent outbreaks usually resolve more quickly. The lymph nodes may never go back to their initial size but should be less than 1 cm in size and not be tender when everything settles down. ...Read more

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What should I do if I am continuously getting canker sores, sore throat, earache and swollen glands?

What should I do if I am continuously getting canker sores, sore throat, earache and swollen glands?

See your doctor-: Several types of viruses from the herpes family can potentially cause your condition, several of which can be treated with acyclovir. In addition, depending on risk factors, acute HIV infection is a consideration. This can be evaluated by doing some blood work. With these possibilities, get yourself checked out! ...Read more

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Should I go see a doctor? I have a sore throat, swollen glands and I found a pus pocket in my throat this morning. I've had swollen glands for a mont

Should I go see a doctor? I have a sore throat, swollen glands and I found a pus pocket in my throat this morning.  I've had swollen glands for a mont

Good idea!: A month is a long time to suffer - your body's efforts to fight this by over-working lymph glands are not enough and pus = infection. Yes, see a Dr. for exam/eval/Rx. Feel better soon. ...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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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more