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Yellowish bumps on back of throat; sore throat only on one side, sniffles?

Yellowish bumps on back of throat; sore throat only on one side, sniffles?

Get checked!: It sounds like you might have strep throat, which must be treated to prevent serious complications, and to make you feel better quicker. Get seen 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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I had a fever, body aches and a very bad sore throat only one side of throat. Is that flu?

I had a fever, body aches and a very bad sore throat only one side of throat. Is that flu?

Strep throat?: It could be strep throat or another either bacterial or viral infection. I would recommend a visit with your physician for further evaluation. Generally, there are more symptoms associated with the flu and they are more severe. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on only one side there is white stuff behind the tonsil. Is it possible to only have a throat infection on one side. ?

I have a sore throat on only one side there is white stuff behind the tonsil. Is it possible to only have a throat infection on one side. ?

Tonsillitis: Infection of one tonsil may do this, or you may have a retro-tonsillar abscess. See an ENT doctor and get yourself examined. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Extreme pain in my throat (left side) whenever i swallow anything it feels as though i'm swallowing glass. I know it isn't a sore throat. It only hurts on one side and especially when i swallow liquids.

Extreme pain in my throat (left side) whenever i swallow anything it feels as though i'm swallowing glass. I know it isn't a sore throat. It only hurts on one side and especially when i swallow liquids.

I : I cannot tell you the cause of your pain. If you look back in your throat, or have someone else do this for you, and there is significant swelling on the the left side of your throat/ left tonsil and it looks like it is dripping pus or contains pus, that could be problematic. If that were the case, you would need to be promptly evaluated to ensure that you did not have a peritonsillar abscess (a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsil or the nearby tissues in the throat). ...Read more

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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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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?

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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The entrance of my throat is sore, but only one side. It is red & it has a white sore or something on it? Is it serious? Or did i scrape it?

Need eval by MD: I recommend having a physician take a look if it is present for more than one week. It would be fine to start with your primary care doctor, as it may be something very simple like an irritation/scratch or a tonsil infection. If your doctor is unsure, he/she will likely send you to an ENT specialist. ...Read more

Dr. William Culviner
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Throat Pain (Definition)

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or any kind of damage to 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