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Yellow pus? Blisters back of throat lasting >1 year. Not pharyngitis, streptococcus, laryngitis and multiple throat cultures all came back clear.

Yellow pus? Blisters back of throat lasting >1 year. Not pharyngitis, streptococcus, laryngitis and multiple throat cultures all came back clear.

Sounds like: You have chronically infected TONSILS ("so called CRYPTIC" tonsils. These would produce negative cultures at this point! Surgical removal is the treatment of choice although some recommend LONG TERM ANTIBIOTICS. You need the opinion of a Board Certified ENT (Ear Nose Throat) SPECIALIST...
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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I have yellow pus in the back of my throat. I went to the doctor today and my strep test was negative. What do you think I may have?

I have yellow pus in the back of my throat. I went to the doctor today and my strep test was negative. What do you think I may have?

Post nasal drip: As summer starts the allergy season is more common than a bacterial infection. Fevers, malaise, loss of appetite, painful swallowing would go along with a bacterial throat infection. This time of year post nasal drip would be the alternative thought. Try using antihistamine or Claritin to dry up and if throat is better than plan for next year as well. ...Read more

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I have big pocket of yellow lookin pus at back of my throat behind tonsils. Bad headache and throat hurt and burns bad when I eat or drink?

I have big pocket of yellow lookin pus at back of my throat behind tonsils. Bad headache and throat hurt and burns bad when I eat or drink?

Make sure: You are not coming down with strep tonsillopharyngitis that may progress to infectious mono. Regardless, please call your PCP to make you feel better and feel good again. ...Read more

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Why do I have some yellow or white pus in my amigdalas? Close to the throat, is that bad or normal?

Why do I have some yellow or white pus in my amigdalas? Close to the throat, is that bad or normal?

Pharyngitis?: Definitely not normal. This could potentially be a situation needing antibiotics. Something like strep throat for example. Check -> http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/strep-throat/basics/definition/con-20022811 ...Read more

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I have yellow pus in my throat which was negative for mono and strep. I also have a runny nose and feminine discharge. What do you think the issue is?

I have yellow pus in my throat which was negative for mono and strep. I also have a runny nose and feminine discharge. What do you think the issue is?

Hard to say: I can't link your two symptom areas without bringing up the possibility of a STD, which would not be found on the tests you mentioned. The puss in your throat could reflect a sinus infection with drainage or just a bad viral infection. The origins of feminine discharge are numerous and defined best with appropriate study of the discharge. ...Read more

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I got a bite on my hand 5 days ago. Today my neck is stiff, my hand is still swollen, my hand hurts and yellow pus is coming out of my hand?

I got a bite on my hand 5 days ago. Today my neck is stiff, my hand is still swollen, my hand hurts and yellow pus is coming out of my hand?

Treatment needed now: A hand bite can become a severe infection. If there are any signs of infection, antibiotic treatment is needed. For a bad infection or a rapidly progressing one, hospitalization for I.V. Antibiotics and/or surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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I have a white substance coming from the right side of the back of my throat it looks like pus but its not liquid its more of a solid doesn't hurt?

I have a white substance coming from the right side of the back of my throat it looks like pus but its not liquid its more of a solid doesn't hurt?

See your doctor: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Hard like pus in the back of my throat?

Hard like pus in the back of my throat?

At your tonsils?: Hard white or yellow concretions in the tonsils are usually tonsilloliths or tonsil stones. Harmless although they can cause a foreign body sensation and contribute to halitosis. Exudate on the tonsils or throat may be an indication of tonsil infection (viral or bacterial). See a doc for thorough exam. ...Read more

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What can cause white pus like stuff on the back of my throat?

What can cause white pus like stuff on the back of my throat?

Infection or"stones": Infections and the most common things that can cause white "pus llike" stuff in the back of the throat. Sometimes it is from debris that forms "stones", whitish lumps that can get lodged in the throat and can lead to bad breath and throat irritation but are usually not painful. ...Read more

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How can I remove pus from the back of my throat? Is it infectious?

How can I remove pus from the back of my throat? Is it infectious?

Go to doctor: Whether you have pus pockets over tonsils or a post nasal drip, a proper diagnosis is only possible with a careful examination. In some cases, your doctor needs to refer you to an ENT to drain the pus if indicated. There are potential and serious complications involving the airway. Get checked ASAP to get well soon:) ...Read more

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15 yr female tested pos for Influenza A yesterday was prescribed Tamiflu 75 x2. Now pus pockets are all on back of throat;?

15 yr female tested pos for Influenza A yesterday was prescribed Tamiflu 75 x2. Now pus pockets are all on back of throat;?

As expected: This is a germ that initially enters the body through your upper airway and throat. A beefy set of tonsils are one classical finding with flu. It is expected, and not a surprise. You can often detect the germ before the full set of symptoms is evident. ...Read more

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If we go thru throat culture. Do we really need pus on swab to detect streptococcus pyogenus? Or it could be done w/o pus on swab but saliva fro back?

If we go thru throat culture. Do we really need pus on swab to detect streptococcus pyogenus? Or it could be done w/o pus on swab but saliva fro back?

An adequate: Swab of the palatine tonsils can uncover the strep antigen on rapid tests and grow the bacteria on culture media without visible pus. Pus is not a requirement. ...Read more

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There is a small pus pocket in the back of my throat. Would amoxicillin or another antibiotic clear this up?

There is a small pus pocket in the back of my throat. Would amoxicillin or another antibiotic clear this up?

Pus: A strep test should be done. Your pcp could do it. If it is not strep, it could be mono. There is a test for that too. amoxil is the treatment for strep, but you should be tested first. ...Read more

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Hard bumps that feel like food is stuck in the back of throat. The back of my throat and tonsils have had pus pockets for about 2 years now.

Hard bumps that feel like food is stuck in the back of throat. The back of my throat and tonsils have had pus pockets for about 2 years now.

Tonsil stones: These are common collections of trapped food and debris that get caught in the crypts of tonsils. The only permanent cure is to remove your tonsils. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat and a few white pus pockets in the back if my throat what could this be?

I have a very sore throat and a few white pus pockets in the back if my throat what could this be?

Sore throat: If your throat is truly sore, and you have severe pain when swallowing, it is a wise decision to go to your MD in clinic and take a rapid strep test to rule out a bacterial throat infection. Most causes of a sore throat are from a virus and not as severe as strep throat. A soothing beverage like herbal tea might help your symptoms as can NSAIDs until you see your MD. Good luck. ...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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I feel like something is in the back of my throat making it feel strange to swallowmy right tonsil is also very swollen with pus pocketsdo ihave strep?

Strep or viral: A rapid throat culture is the best way to check for strep which would require antibiotics. If the test is negative, it's most likely a viral infection. Mono is less likely unless the symptoms are days old. Antibiotics are not used for viral throat infections. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain right back upper throat, periodically. Red place there. Also bottom very back molar has smelly pus when rubbed sometimes on same side?

Stabbing pain right back upper throat, periodically. Red place there. Also bottom very back molar has smelly pus when rubbed sometimes on same side?

Wisdom tooth?: From your explanation that is what it appears to be. Most probably infected. May have a large cavity.... those teeth are very hard to keep clean. Please see your dentist ASAP. An infection in that area can quickly turn deadly if the swelling closes off your airway. All the best... ...Read more

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I have pain in the back of my throat, but only on the right side. No pus pockets, fever, cough or fatigue. But it hurts like the dickens. Thoughts?

I have pain in the back of my throat, but only on the right side. No pus pockets, fever, cough or fatigue. But it hurts like the dickens. Thoughts?

See dentist & ENT: And You need to start with a full exam by a dentist, and after that maybe an ENT. If they don't find anything wrong, this could be glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pus sacks in the back of my throat (tonsils were removed when I was 4) negative strep test. What could this be, since it can't be tonsilitis or strep.

Pus sacks in the back of my throat (tonsils were removed when I was 4) negative strep test. What could this be, since it can't be tonsilitis or strep.

Cysts??: You could have mucus cysts in your throat. These are common. I would suggest that you consult with an ear-nose-throat specialist. At your age unless you are a heavy smoker then I would be very concerned otherwise not. ...Read more

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Hi, I have two strips of pus on the back wall of my throat, either side. I have a fever and a headache. Is this a normal sore throat? Thank you

Hi, I have two strips of pus on the back wall of my throat, either side. I have a fever and a headache. Is this a normal sore throat? Thank you

It can be strepto: Coccus infection (i.e. strep throat), or a very bad viral infection. But the possibility of strep throat needs to be ruled out because it needs to be treated otherwise it can lead to a lot of infections and complications. Not to mention death from overwhelming streptococcal infection. ...Read more

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I have red dots on the roof of my mouth and white pus in the back of my throat. What could this be?

Many things: Could be anything from a burn to tonsillitis and many others. You need a visual exam to determine and narrow down the possibilities. ...Read more

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Left tonsil w white pus w one sore on back of throat w pus. A slight sore throat for a week. Left lymth node swollen. Don't want to see dr if possible?

Left tonsil w white pus w one sore on back of throat w pus. A slight sore throat for a week. Left lymth node swollen. Don't want to see dr if possible?

Tonsillitis: Sounds as if this may be due to strep pyogenes, and treatment may not shorten the duration of illness but will protect you from developing post-streptococcal complications like acute rheumatic fever. You should probably see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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A cold for a week with few small pus spot on tonsils but no pain. Dr gave Omnicef (cefdinir). 2 days in and my throat hurts and back of tongue feels so strange. Y?

A cold for a week with few small pus spot on tonsils but no pain. Dr gave Omnicef (cefdinir). 2 days in and my throat hurts and back of tongue feels so strange. Y?

Sore throat: Hello ~ Omnicef (cefdinir) is a powerful drug/antibiotic to give if there is no positive strep culture because this is probably viral in origin. However now, you have successfully knocked out all the normal bacteria in the throat and have a sore throat from the resulting fungal overgrowth. You need to take an oral anti fungal for 3 -5 days. If you have a vaginal troche for vaginal thrush just suck one a day ...Read more

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Have mono. Sore throat gone. White pus went away 2 days ago after drinking lots of water. Came back mildly today. Result of lack of water past 2 days?

Have mono. Sore throat gone. White pus went away 2 days ago after drinking lots of water. Came back mildly today. Result of lack of water past 2 days?

Not really: Time is what is going to heal the viral disease. The water may have affected your symptoms but the infection will get better over time. It could take months to be completely irradiated even though you have no symptoms. ...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