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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

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 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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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
Once
Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
Once
Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
Once
Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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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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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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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
Daily
Gargle with salt water
Daily
See your doctor if you have a fever over 101.5F or can't swallow
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See your doc if you can't open your mouth well or turn your neck well
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White patches on back of throat. Feels like sandpaper. Burns.

White patches on back of throat. Feels like sandpaper. Burns.

White Patches Throat: A common bacterial infection that may result in white patches in the throat is strep throat, an infection caused by Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat is a common and contagious illness that results in a tender and painful sore throat accompanied by fever and other symptoms. Similarly, infectious mononucleosis is a common viral infection that may result in throat white patches. See doctor! ...Read more

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What should I do about a sore throat and white patches at the back of my throat?

What should I do about a sore throat and white patches at the back of my throat?

See Doctor: Could be strep. But not absolutely. Untreated strep throat in rare cases can cause serious complications. These include rheumatic heart disease which generally is permanent damage. There is a window of a week or so where treatment with appropriate antibiotics will prevent this problem. You need to see your doctor for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Gargle with salt water
Daily
Take ibuprofen
3x day
Drink cool fluids
5x day
See your doctor
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White patches in back of my throat and im pregnant. What does this sound like?

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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