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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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Is purple vein on back throat normal? Only like one vein.

Is purple vein on back throat normal? Only like one vein.

Normal: Very common finding. If you have any symptoms, or just need reassurance, See ENT doc. ...Read more

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I have veins inside and outside my mouth and throat hurts bad and purple inside mouth what is it?

I have veins inside and outside my mouth and throat hurts bad and purple inside mouth what is it?

See a doctor: This needs a personal examination in order to be accurately diagnosed. It sounds severe, so please go asap and see someone. Good luck. ...Read more

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My throat is kinda soar, and there's a pink bump on the back of my throat. The veins are dark purple. Is that normal??

My throat is kinda soar, and there's a pink bump on the back of my throat. The veins are dark purple. Is that normal??

Probably normal.: Hard to say without looking, but there are often pink bumps on the back of the throat which are nothing but little patches of white cells and supporting tissue. Sore throat can be associated with a little accentuation of the normal. ...Read more

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In the back of my throat, one tonsil is bigger than the other with two big holes in it, also my throat is discolored with traces of yellow and purple?

In the back of my throat, one tonsil is bigger than the other with two big holes in it, also my throat is discolored with traces of yellow and purple?

See ENT physician: The tonsil and throat need to be examined in order for a diagnosis to be made. The mention of "holes" makes me wonder about tonsil stones ...Read more

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Hi I looked in the back of my throat and my right tonsil has a very dark purple vein that I haven't noticed before is it okay?

Hi I looked in the back of my throat and my right tonsil has a very dark purple vein that I haven't noticed before is it okay?

Varicose veins: It is very common to have enlarged veins which we call varicose veins in and around the tonsil area. This is a common, normal variant. ...Read more

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Purple spots near uvula. Is that normal? Feel fullness in throat. A lump on throat above where I had my thyroid removed.

Purple spots near uvula. Is that normal? Feel fullness in throat. A lump on throat above where I had my thyroid removed.

See a doctor: You could see all of these in the mirrors
you need to see a doctor so they can make their own observation and examined you and treat you ...Read more

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Dark purple vein and white spot on the back of my throat does not look like or feel like tonsil stones the white spot size of quarter veins thick?

Dark purple vein and white spot on the back of my throat does not look like or feel like tonsil stones the white spot size of quarter veins thick?

Be seen: A referral to an ear, nose and throat doctor would be a good plan. It may be a collection of blood vessels called an hemangioma. It needs to be seen before you have bleeding problems. All the best. ...Read more

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I have had blister looking things in my throat for 11 moths it's really painfull and recently got more and a purple one on my tongue any ideas on it?

I have had blister looking things in my throat for 11 moths it's really painfull and recently got more and a purple one on my tongue any ideas on it?

Mucocele: Most likely these are small salivary glands that when they become blocked swell and turn purple. If these mucoceles don't release and drain on their own, seek a dentist who can address this if they become a problem. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain coming from the bottom right side of my tongue down near to my throat for couple days (dark purple vein/ vessel under tongue)?

I have a sharp pain coming from the bottom right side of my tongue down near to my throat for couple days (dark purple vein/ vessel under tongue)?

See ENT doc: Hard to say from information provided. Best bet is to see ENT doc if symptoms persist beyond another few days, or sooner if symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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I have a cough slight sore throat on swolling but either side of my tongue at the very back has purple looking marks or bumps jayne?

I have a cough slight sore throat on swolling but either side of my tongue at the very back has purple looking marks or bumps jayne?

Could be normal: You have large bumps on the very back of your tongue called circumvallate papilla they are used in taste. Patients who look at their tongue in the mirror sometimes see them and get worried. They are totally normal. If you are still concerned, please see a physician and let them look at it. ...Read more

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Throat is dry. Tongue is white and furry. Purple veins and yellow spots/lumps and white stuff at the back of throat. Secondhand smoke is yes. Help pls?

Throat is dry. Tongue is white and furry. Purple veins and yellow spots/lumps and white stuff at the back of throat. Secondhand smoke is yes. Help pls?

? pharyngitis: Use salt water gargles, pain killers and see your doctor soon, you need to be examined and might need prescription medications, take care ...Read more

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I have 3 dark purple spots that look like blood blisters on my lingual tonsils, should I worry this is cancer? Have had a sore throat for 3 weeks.

I have 3 dark purple spots that look like blood blisters on my lingual tonsils, should I worry this is cancer? Have had a sore throat for 3 weeks.

No: The tonsils are subject to a great deal of inflammation under certaincirdcumstances. Where there are the occassional cases of malignancy developing it is either from squamous malignancy or lymphoma. Neither present as hemmorhagic areas. The latter can occur when there is some bleeding into the tonsil because of proximity to the underlying intermal caroltid artery. Warm gargles should help. ...Read more

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Yellow spots in my throat. Big red veins. Purple roof of mouth. Tonsils not swollen. No pain no rawness. Been like this for months. No sickness.

Yellow spots in my throat. Big red veins. Purple roof of mouth. Tonsils not swollen. No pain no rawness. Been like this for months. No sickness.

Difficult to tell: Hi EPhelps,
Sorry to hear you are having new health concerns. It is difficult to narrow down the cause of your findings without a picture or additional information. At this point your findings are not specific to a single disease, but may be suggestive of an number of broad category diseases. I think it is worthwhile being examined by a physician in person to determine if you need further workup. ...Read more

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White patches in tissue in front of tossils, back of throat purplish color, kump on gums that drains pus, lump is hard, what's going on with me?

White patches in tissue in front of tossils, back of throat purplish color, kump on gums that drains pus, lump is hard, what's going on with me?

Infection: You have a lump draining pus. This means that you have an infection. Can't tell you what is infected. But you need to see a dentist asap for exam and treatment. An infection will not go away without treatment. ...Read more

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My son has little purple dots from neck to toe and is sensitive to touch on neck and chest what could it be and should I take him to the ER?

My son has little purple dots from neck to toe and is sensitive to touch on neck and chest what could it be and should I take him to the ER?

Consider Petechia: "purple dots" can represent rash known as petechia. If you push on the rash, and it does not blanch - consider either petechia or purpura. While petechia are usually associated with self-limited viral infection in kids, can be present in more severe infection like sepsis and bacterial meningitis. Should be evaluated asap, especially if associated with fever and/or neck pain. ...Read more

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I have a small purple dot on my neck what is it?

I have a small purple dot on my neck what is it?

Eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my neck it looks purple under the skin and near my neck bone is this a concern?

I have a bruise on my neck it looks purple under the skin and near my neck bone is this a concern?

No: The bruise will "travel" a bit as the internal contusion (bleeding) seeks its lowest "level"


Hope this helps!


Dr Z ...Read more

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My son is 3 years old and today he has loads if pin prick purple spots all round face neck and chest and on ears?

My son is 3 years old and today he has loads if pin prick purple spots all round face neck and chest and on ears?

Depends: If he has been coughing or vomited recently and every spot is above the nipple line, these spots could be benign coughing peteciae. This you can monitor at home. If not and or any spots extend below the nipple line, it could be something more worrisome. If you are not sure, a visit would help rule out any other issue. ...Read more

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Skin biopsy taken on 12 year old female purple bluish blotches on face neck and arms?

Skin biopsy taken on 12 year old female purple bluish blotches on face neck and arms?

Putple blotches: The purple blotches may be ecchymosis. A full exam with blood work are needed. Platlet count should slso be fonr. ...Read more

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I have a small light purple spot on my neck. Peers say that this may be a blood blister from a pinched nerve, although it's not raised. Can you help?

I have a small light purple spot on my neck. Peers say that this may be a blood blister from a pinched nerve, although it's not raised. Can you help?

May be: This May be a cherry hemangioma. It could be a bruise. Please see a dermatologist to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. It needs to be seen in person by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have purple patches on the base of my tongue when I look with a mirror. Swollen lymph nodes for 6 month and pain on the back bottom of neck 41f.Help?

I have purple patches on the base of my tongue when I look with a mirror. Swollen lymph nodes for 6 month and pain on the back bottom of neck 41f.Help?

Multiple: You describe multiple problems that may or may not be associated. Purple patches at base of tongue may be your sublingual veins (normal). Swollen lymph nodes and sore neck may be due to chronic infection (teeth, gums, bone, sinuses, etc.) have an examination at your dentist, and ask your physician to refer you to an ear/nose/throat specialist. ...Read more

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Thyroid feels big, hard lump on back of neck, difficulty breathing, red/purple stretch marks on thighs, and occasional headaches. What could this be?

Thyroid feels big, hard lump on back of neck, difficulty breathing, red/purple stretch marks on thighs, and occasional headaches. What could this be?

? Medication effect: First I need to know more details about the medications that you are currently taking since some of the medications (like steroids) may give occasional headaches, lump on back of the neck and stretch marks in addition to some other symptoms and signs like weight gain, elevated blood sugar, hypertension... ...Read more

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Can purple and red sores on my feet and scalp be part of meningitis along with my severe headache and stiff neck?

Can purple and red sores on my feet and scalp be part of meningitis along with my severe headache and stiff neck?

Meningitis: This is conceivable, but if you had bacterial meningitis with such skin lesions it is hard to believe that you would be asking this question. Do you have nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, fever, chills, joint pain, sleepiness, alterations in level of consciousness? If you really think you may have meningitis go to an ER immediately or better still call EMS. Hope that you don't have. ...Read more

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I'm a female teenager and keeping getting thin purple spider veins on body, such as legs, back of my neck, arms how can I stop them? What's causing them?

I'm a female teenager and keeping getting thin purple spider veins on body, such as legs, back of my neck, arms how can I stop them? What's causing them?

Genes: There is probably not alot you can do to prevent these. They probably are due to a genetic predisposition. You may want to seek a medical consultation from a dermatologist to exclude any possible medical conditions (improbable). Laser or ultasound guided sclerotherapy may provide eradication of some of these lesions but they are likely to recur and require repeat treatments. ...Read more