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HI, have sore throat with white little spot on the back on my throat. Had protected sex a month ago. No fever and bad breath. This mean any s t d?

HI, have sore throat with white little spot on the back on my throat. Had protected sex a month ago. No fever and bad breath. This mean any s t d?

Pharyngitis likely: Of course, can't rule out STD without examination, but from what you describe it sounds less likely than a simple pharyngitis (rule out strep here). ...Read more

Dr. Greg Rubin
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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with ...Read more


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The symptoms that I have now is ear pressure, cough, bad breath, and sore throat. What exactly is this and how come I'm not getting better?

The symptoms that I have now is ear pressure, cough, bad breath, and sore throat. What exactly is this and how come I'm not getting better?

Can't make diagnosis: With this info. Sounds like an upper respiratory infection that could be viral or bacterial. Don't know how long you have had it. If you have been sick for a while and it is not improving - would encourage medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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I have puss balls coming out from the sidewalls of my mouth. Bad breath and thirst occur as well. No sore throat. Have had it for weeks. Any ideas?

I have puss balls coming out from the sidewalls of my mouth. Bad breath and thirst occur as well. No sore throat. Have had it for weeks. Any ideas?

Not on the Internet: Please sign off of the internet and get yourself to medical care today. Your statement is the very definition of when one goes to the doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Wisdom tooth: Get your teeth checked for infection. It's on one side and you have bad breath. Good possibility it's from a localized source like a tooth since it's on one side, teeth will often refer pain to the ear and an infection can cause bad breath.

Based on just the information provided i'd look toward a lower tooth in the back of the mouth as a possible cause. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, toothache, bad breath, tongue problems (quality: white patches, white hairy) and lip swelling with bumps on my top lip.

I am experiencing sore throat, toothache, bad breath, tongue problems (quality: white patches, white hairy) and lip swelling with bumps on my top lip.

Sounds like: fungal infection. You should see a doctor for definitive diagnosis and proper treatment. Also, diabetes can predispose you to oral infections, so you should ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Tonsil has white mucus on it, but not red & swollen. Also have a sore throat and noticeably bad breath when brushing teeth.

Tonsil has white mucus on it, but not red & swollen. Also have a sore throat and noticeably bad breath when brushing teeth.

See your physician: The bad breath is related to the sore throat. You should see your physician. He can test to make sure you do not have a strep infection, and prescribe appropriate medicine for your sore throat. ...Read more

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Right tonsil swollen for months. No sore throat or any sick symptoms. 500 mg naproxen x2 a day did nothing at all. Mucus bad breath and tonsil stones?

Right tonsil swollen for months. No sore throat or any sick symptoms. 500 mg naproxen x2 a day did nothing at all. Mucus bad breath and tonsil stones?

ENT.: Chronic conditions like yours, should be evaluated by the specialist ENT doctor. Most probably you will have to take antibiotics. ...Read more

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I've had all these symptoms for the past 3 months: nasal congestion, tired, achey body, headaches, dizzy, weak, sore throat, bad breath what could it be?

I've had all these symptoms for the past 3 months: nasal congestion, tired, achey body, headaches, dizzy, weak, sore throat, bad breath what could it be?

Chronic infection: You may well have chronic sinus infection, but this might not explain the weakness and muscle pains. You should be seen by a primary care physician and if necessary referred to an ENT doctor. Hope you are better soon. Why did you wait 3 months? ...Read more

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Can an acrylic type retainers cause bad breath, flem, or sore throats?

Can an acrylic type retainers cause bad breath, flem, or sore throats?

Not likely: Removing your acrylic retainer after eating and at night to rinse off or soak is very important and helpful in keeping bacteria from overpopulating on the acrylic. Bad breath can be a possibility if your not.
In regard to the phlegm...the natural reflex of the mouth when food or anything else enters is to produce increased saliva.

sore throats is most probably unrelated ...Read more

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Some doctors say I need a tonsillectomy, some say no. I've had tonsil stones for over a year with bad breath and many sore throats. Surgery? Pros/cons

Some doctors say I need a tonsillectomy, some say no. I've had tonsil stones for over a year with bad breath and many sore throats. Surgery? Pros/cons

2 treatments: There are 2 main schools of thoughts of treatments. Conservative treatment; salt water gargles, extraction of stones manually, and treatment of infections. Surgical; gets rid of the conservative treatments but has the added risk of bleeding. At some point you will need to make the choice. ...Read more

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I’ve bad a sore throat for 5 days with no voice. It’s getting harder to breath and to swallow?

I’ve bad a sore throat for 5 days with no voice. It’s getting harder to breath and to swallow?

Doctor can examine: 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. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat illness is bothersome (as in this case), recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Worsening symptoms means seeing a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble swallowing drinks and food. I also feel my throat is dry and sore. I'm drooling and I've recently started having bad breath.

I'm having trouble swallowing drinks and food. I also feel my throat is dry and sore. I'm drooling and I've recently started having bad breath.

PopularWithTheGirls?: Sounds like you've got an infection in there, buddy! It may or may not need antibiotics, but it's at least a 50/50 chance for you. If you also have a fever and maybe some tender areas in the front part of your next, then it's 90/10. Drooling isn't a very good sign, either, so I suggest you see a doctor before it gets worse and see whther or not you need to take an antibiotic or another medication.+ ...Read more

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I have had a bad sore throat only on the right side. Hurts when I talk, breath or eat. I have taken otc meds and gargled salt water.

I have had a bad sore throat only on the right side. Hurts when I talk, breath or eat. I have taken otc meds and gargled salt water.

Right sore throat: Do you sleep on the right side mostly? You could have post nasal drip at night which is irritating the throat. Most likely cause, allergies. Especially at this time of year. Try over the counter Flonase or get a prescription from your doctor. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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My daughter is running a high then low temp, really bad sore throat, been sick, nose bleeds and says it hurts to breath?

My daughter is running a high then low temp, really bad sore throat, been sick, nose bleeds and says it hurts to breath?

I would: Take her to see the doctor as soon as you can. In meantime make her comfortable. Lots of fluids and give tylenol (acetaminophen) every four hours. ...Read more

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I've got a very bad sore throat. My throat is burning and cant breath properly. Have a mild fever and cant sleep... im 37 weeks and 3 days?

I've got a very bad sore throat. My throat is burning and cant breath properly. Have a mild fever and cant sleep... im 37 weeks and 3 days?

Possible Strep: You could have strep throat, especially if you have been around any infected individuals. The breathing issue is concerning and should be evaluated to make sure you don't have bronchitis or atypical pneumonia. See your doctor for this. ...Read more

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How can I have breath that doesn't smell so bad? I brush my teeth in the morning & at night & floss & use mouthwash as well. What can I use that will help it not smell? I have morning breath & sore throat

How can I have breath that doesn't smell so bad? I brush my teeth in the morning & at night & floss & use mouthwash as well. What can I use that will help it not smell? I have morning breath & sore throat

Halitosis: Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? If you have not seen a dentist start now an exam and cleaning. Try brushing your tongue. Other causes an be. Allergies, post nasal drip, acid reflux, or dry mouth. Start with your dentist. ...Read more

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I have a bad sore throat, hard cough, yellow mucus, chest pains, shortness of breath, and fast pulse.

I have a bad sore throat, hard cough, yellow mucus, chest pains, shortness of breath, and fast pulse.

See a doctor: Suggest you see ahealth care provider for examintion and appropriate treatment ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my shortness of breath had for 2 months started from a sore throat Chest X-ray clear had prednisone a inhaler didn't help?

What could be the cause of my shortness of breath had for 2 months started from a sore throat Chest X-ray clear had prednisone a inhaler didn't help?

Post Bronchitis: Cough, from Persistent Bronchospasm. This is Inflammtory response of our body to mostly Viral Bronchitis. Commonly seen after Flu syndrome. Bronchodilator may help. Ginger tea and Turmeric will help ...Read more

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Bad cold, started w/ sore throat, stuffy nose, sinus pressure. Now slight shortness of breath along w sinus pressure. I take BP meds, what can I take?

Bad cold, started w/ sore throat, stuffy nose, sinus pressure. Now slight shortness of breath along w sinus pressure. I take BP meds, what can I take?

Nasal irrigation.: Sounds like you have a bad virus! start with a neti pot or nasal saline irrigation. It sounds weird but works great to clear up the nasal congestion. It's all natural and won't affect the blood pressure! you can also add in some Ibuprofen for the sinus pressure. Give it 5-7 days and if still no improvement, see your doc. Most of the time antibiotics don't work for sinus infections. ...Read more

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I woke up with a sore throat. Its hard to breath. It hyrts to xough. Should I see a docotor?

I woke up with a sore throat. Its hard to breath. It hyrts to xough. Should I see a docotor?

YES!: With your symptoms of a sore throat and pain with coughing combined with difficulty breathing, you should definitely see a doctor. If you are making wheezing noises from your throat or if you find it difficult to breathe when you are on your back, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room asap. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, and pain from the left wing of my throat and I have a terrible breath. What's that might be?

I have a sore throat, and pain from the left wing of my throat and I have a terrible breath. What's that might be?

Tonsillar stones: Tonsiilar stones are accumulation of calcified material that accumulates in the tonsils. Can cause recurrent tonsillitis, bad breath, and less commonly tonsillar abscesses. I recommend seeing ENT physician. ...Read more

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My only symptom is Sore throat for 9 days but the past few days I have been waking up in sleep gasping for air with a big breath?

My only symptom is Sore throat for 9 days but the past few days I have been waking up in sleep gasping for air with a big breath?

Need eval.: If your sore throat was due merely to a viral infection, I would presume that you will be better by now. Given that you're not, especially since your symptoms seem progressive, you need an evaluation to see if more treatments are in order. ...Read more

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Hi, I've had a sore throat about a week ago, my sore throat is now gone I have very dry coughs and whenever I take a deep breath I cough too help pls?

Hi, I've had a sore throat about a week ago, my sore throat is now gone I have very dry coughs and whenever I take a deep breath I cough too help pls?

Post viral infection: Post viral infection cough is quite common and can linger for weeks. If it persists then you should see your PCP or a lung Doctor. For now take cough drops and if nose congested or you feel postnatal drip take Loratadine plain. Hope it helped. Feel better! ...Read more

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Iv had no voice for 3 days, no sore throat but coughing more or less all the time also have to take deep breaths?

Iv had no voice for 3 days, no sore throat but coughing more or less all the time also have to take deep breaths?

Viral infection: Probably a viral laryngitis. Give it a few days. The real issue is your tobacco use. Stop it before the use of tobacco significantly shortens your life. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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