What do white spots in the back of throat mean?

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    I have been having a funny scratchy feeling in the back of my throat when I swallow for about a month now. Today, my throat was feeling kind of sore, so I looked in the mirror and said ahhhhh and I seen one white patch on each side of my throat right where my tonsils are. They appear a bit swollen. My throat is not red, but the weird thing is, when I swallowed a piece of cornbread, it felt like something dislodged and I had to swallow extra hard to get it down. When I looked in the mirror again, the right side was gone! What I mean is, the place where it was swollen and the white patch appear to have broken off. Now only the left side remains. I looked online and I saw mono and some other cancerous pictures that looked similar to it. I don't smoke, so it's unlikely to be cancer. I know we aren't supposed to get medical advice, so I just want to know what any of you nurses THINK it is. I'm going to the ER tomorrow or the DR. office Monday.
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    could mean anything...maybe some sort of infection. IF you get worse, you should see a dr asap. It meant strep throat for me, I know that much.
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    Not a doctor, so I cannot diagnose; but, I have seen all those s/s in strep throat.
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    Again, we can't really diagnose your ailment here on the boards, but this sounds kind of 'thrush-y' to me. I wonder, have you been on antibiotics recently, or do you have blood sugar problems? You don't sound like you've been terribly sick, and strep throat tends to make people feel AWFUL.

    That said, you still need to see a doctor ASAP and get treated.......if it hasn't gone away on its own in a month, it's probably not going to, and you could be at risk for sepsis if it IS strep (or staph) and the bacteria invades your bloodstream.

    Please get checked, and let us know how you're doing.
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    Quote from mjlrn97
    Again, we can't really diagnose your ailment here on the boards, but this sounds kind of 'thrush-y' to me. I wonder, have you been on antibiotics recently, or do you have blood sugar problems? You don't sound like you've been terribly sick, and strep throat tends to make people feel AWFUL.

    That said, you still need to see a doctor ASAP and get treated.......if it hasn't gone away on its own in a month, it's probably not going to, and you could be at risk for sepsis if it IS strep (or staph) and the bacteria invades your bloodstream.

    Please get checked, and let us know how you're doing.
    I did a bit more research and also got an answer from a member and I think I have "tonsil pits". Basically buildup in the crypts of my tonsils tissue that have hardened. Whereas most people swallow this buildup, mine has decided to stick around. Like I said, one side dislodged itself when I swallowed something rough (cornbread). I still have one on the other side though. I can't bring myself to stick my finger back there to dislodge it. I can't get my tongue to stay out of the way either. Any ideas?
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    Eat more cornbread!!:chuckle

    Seriously, I don't know, but Good Luck! I hope its something simple.
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    My dd gets them all the time, and for her it's chronic tonsilitis.


    (I get them with tonsilitis too, but not as often as my dd suffers from it.)


    My best word of advice is that you definitely need to see a FNP or a Dr. for some antibiotics.
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    SARS....
















    Just kidding. I agree, see a doc. Too much info on the net to do some 'self-diagnosis', let someone take a look in person and let ya know. Hope you feel better!
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    Let us know what the MD thinks it is. Get well soon.


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