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I have severe throat pain on left side. There are 3 small

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I have severe throat pain on left side. There are 3 small white blister like bumps on that side. Tonsil, which usually looks like one big round lump, now looks like it's broken into several smaller lumps. What is this? Had a negative strep test on this past Wed. Going back to the doctor tonight. Had this at the end of Nov., end of Dec, and now again at the end of Jan. Why is this reoccurring?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr J Burk replied 4 years ago.

Hi

 

When did the symptoms come back?

 

Dr Jef

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
last Tues. Started with coughing and congestion. I have not had a fever the whole time.
Expert:  Dr J Burk replied 4 years ago.

Thanks

 

Sounds to me that you have a viral upper respiratory tract infection - this is far and away the most common cause of sore throat.

 

Most likely you have simply been unlucky and caught more than your fair share of infections this particular winter.

 

Other causes for persistent sore throat include reflux disease and chronic nasal congestion. A persistent one sided sore throat - ie lasting 4 weeks + needs a thorough exam by an ENT specialist.

 

Dr Jef

 

Please get back to me if you need to.

 

PS if you nose is congested taking a decongestant will often help an associated sore throat.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I do have GERD and I've been taking something for the congestion. I do have an area behind my last tooth on that side (where my wisdom tooth used to be) that is sore and swollen.

 

What could the persistent sore throat be?

Expert:  Dr J Burk replied 4 years ago.

Hi

 

Are your symptoms persistent - ie present day after day for several weeks or intermittent?

 

What are you taking for your GERD?

 

Dr Jef

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Present for about a week at a time until put on antibiotics. A month apart. I am on Kapidex for GERD.
Expert:  Dr J Burk replied 4 years ago.

Thanks

 

Persistent pain can be caused by GERD, nasal blockage, dental caries and much less often tumors.

 

As mentioned already the most probable cause is simply another viral infection.

 

Dr Jef

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