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Dr. Susan Arnoult
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Yesterday I had white patches in the back of my throat, today they're barely there but it still hurts like it did yesterday. What could it be?

Yesterday I had white patches in the back of my throat, today they're barely there but it still hurts like it did yesterday. What could it be?

Virus: It could be a viral infection of the throat. Viruses can cause white patches just like strep. I would recommend seeing a doctor or urgent care if you have the sore throat, NO cold symptoms and also have a fever, stomach pain, headache or rash. ...Read more

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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


Dr. John Michel
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I have small white patches in the back of my throat? I just had strep in august, and I'm just now getting over a cold that I've had for the past week.

I have small white patches in the back of my throat? I just had strep in august, and I'm just now getting over a cold that I've had for the past week.

Reason is unclear.: Due to recent throat infection you need to have a strep screen done. it is not stated if you have a sore throat now. In view of your recent health problems see your doctor soon. if you cannot make an appt soon as for a strep screen. ...Read more

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Dr. Inaam Schneider
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I got tested negative for strep, and the doctor said only take the antibiotics if i get a fever. but i have white painful patches n the back of throat?

I got tested negative for strep, and the doctor said only take the antibiotics if i get a fever. but i have white painful patches n the back of throat?

? Strep Test: your Dr should have done a " real " culture rather than depend on the Rapid strep test . The Rapid strep test has problems 95% sensitive , meaning it will miss 5 out of 100 people tested . It is 98 %specific meaning 2 out of 100 people tested are fals positive . Therefore a positive culture done by the microbiology will need to be treated by antibiotics . You can still have ta virus ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Is it normal to have white patches on the back of your throat?

Is it normal to have white patches on the back of your throat?

Not normal: White or yellow patches at the back of your throat or on your tonsils can be signs of viral or bacterial infection. See your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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Dr. Kim Capehart
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I have white patches in back of throat but no pain. What could it be? Ii was on anti biotics for separate problem.Could the medicine have caused it?.

Evaluation: The white patches could be anything from yeast infection (candida) to leukoplakia to nicotinic stomatitis. In other words, there are many possibilities in the list of differential diagnosis so it's important for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
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I know someone white patches on the back of his throat you have wide spots in the back of this throat what does this mean ?

I know someone white patches on the back of his throat you have wide spots in the back of this throat what does this mean ?

Need to have it: Checked out if with other signs and symptoms. Most of the time these are benign such as tonsil stones - trapped debris that hardens and calcifies and gets embedded in the crypts of the tonsils. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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I have gerd, can you tell me why I have white patches at the back of my throat, thankyou?

I have gerd, can you tell me why I have white patches at the back of my throat, thankyou?

White spots: White spots in your throat can mean fungal infection or simply healing raw areas on the mucus membranes. Rarely, a white plaque-like area can be a cancerous lesion. Treating the gerd may help this condition. If persistent, mention it to your doctor on the next visit. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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White patches in back of my throat and im pregnant. What does this sound like?

See your doctor: This may be an infection, possibly strep, so see your doctor for evaluation and find out what it is. If it is strep, this can be treated with antibiotics during pregnancy. ...Read more

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