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White spot on 1 tonsil, was sore that side yesterday now just feels swollen. No fever but generally feel unwell with body ache.

White spot on 1 tonsil, was sore that side yesterday now just feels swollen. No fever but generally feel unwell with body ache.

Tonsilitis: What you are describing could be caused by a number of things--strep throat certainly, which would require antibiotics. But many viral infections can cause symptoms like this and in particular mononucleosis from Epstein-Barr virus, and other related viruses like CMV can all present this way. There are throat swabs for strep and blood tests for a number of viruses that your doctor can perform. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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I have one singular white spot on my left tonsil. No fever, lymph nodes are not swollen, and I have a mild sore throat. What could it be.

I have one singular white spot on my left tonsil. No fever, lymph nodes are not swollen, and I have a mild sore throat. What could it be.

Strep throat?: You may gave strep throat. Go to an urgent care center in the morning and get evaluated and treated. Do not kiss anyone or share drinking glasses/ table ware with anyone till you have strep throat ruled out. ...Read more

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Had flu shot 3 days ago. Spot on arm still painful, swollen, red and hot. Still feeling unwell; fever, bodyaches, weakness and sore throat. Normal?

Had flu shot 3 days ago. Spot on arm still painful, swollen, red and hot. Still feeling unwell; fever, bodyaches, weakness and sore throat. Normal?

Not normal, not rare: These side effects, while not exactly "normal," are also not uncommon. Hopefully they will disappear soon but the flu shot can rarely cause serious long-standing side effects. What is unfortunate is that a large body of research shows that flu shots are not particularly effective! See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/01/flu-vaccine-and-its-side-effects.aspx ...Read more

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Have a cold for a few days with moderate sore throat. No fever. Uvula swollen in the morning esp. Cold clearing up but sore throat remains. When looking at uvula it has white spot on it. Maybe strep?

Have a cold for a few days with moderate sore throat. No fever. Uvula swollen in the morning esp. Cold clearing up but sore throat remains. When looking at uvula it has white spot on it. Maybe strep?

Strep Throat: Often has symptoms of beefy -red, swollen, painful tonsils with white exudates and enlarged, tender lymph nodes. However, I have had strep throat several times with almost no findings. Although this sounds viral - it would take testing/culture to rule strep out. ...Read more

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Had sinus infection that went away. Now ear pain and large white circle/spot on left tonsil. Tonsils not swollen, no fever. Throat sore on left side?

Had sinus infection that went away. Now ear pain and large white circle/spot on left tonsil. Tonsils not swollen, no fever. Throat sore on left side?

Uncertain: This could be strep, this could be used, it may depend on your therapy, it is best to show to your position and see if they can culture it to find to find out what it is ...Read more

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I do not have a fever or anything, but my throat is full of white spots an swollen, and it hurts a lot! any ideas why?

I do not have a fever or anything, but my throat is full of white spots an swollen, and it hurts a lot! any ideas why?

Sounds like tonsils: The description you are giving is consistent with acute tonsillitis, or an infection of the tonsils. Get a tonsil culture and wait for specific results and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have one swollen tonsil but no fever. Yellowish spots on that tonsil. One swollen lymph node on neck. Could it be strep?

I have one swollen tonsil but no fever. Yellowish spots on that tonsil. One swollen lymph node on neck. Could it be strep?

Could be: A unilateral (one sided) infection is always problematic. Many otolaryngologists (ent doctors) worry that a unilateral swelling of a tonsil may be serious. It would be wise for you to get an opinion by a specialist in ear, nose and throat diseases for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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High fever for two days, red spots developed on my skin mostly foot and palms, itchy but when scratch or touch, it hurt as if it is swollen.

High fever for two days, red spots developed on my skin mostly foot and palms, itchy but when scratch or touch, it hurt as if it is swollen.

Hand & foot rash: Many skin conditions can involve hands & feet. Some of them are erythema multiforme, that looks like little targets, usually triggered by a cold sore eruption but could be due to medications, a viral infection called hand, foot & mouth disease that has oval blisters surrounded by rim of red on palms, soles and in mouth. These may have fever, also eczema, psoriasis, etc. Please see dermatologist. ...Read more