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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi

I'm a 21 year old female and for the past few years have been suffering from extreme bad throats. I had my tonsils removed in February and still the sore throats are as bad and it has changed my voice slightly. My voice is now huskier and I lose it frequently. Also 2 months back the doctor said I had purpura, where my hand was covered in a rash that didn't disappear or cause pain. The doctor did some blood work to check my platelet count which was fine. I'm constantly tired and have bquery=Hi

I'm a 21 year old female and for the past few years have been suffering from extreme bad throats. I had my tonsils removed in February and still the sore throats are as bad and it has changed my voice slightly. My voice is now huskier and I lose it frequently. Also 2 months
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User :   hi
Doctor :   please continue with your query
User :   sorry?
User :   haven't you seen the post?
Doctor :   My voice is now huskier and I lose it frequently. Also 2 months after this it seems to be broken
User :   HiI'm a 21 year old female and for the past few years have been suffering from extreme bad throats. I had my tonsils removed in February and still the sore throats are as bad and it has changed my voice slightly. My voice is now huskier and I lose it frequently. Also 2 months back the doctor said I had purpura, where my hand was covered in a rash that didn't disappear or cause pain. The doctor did some blood work to check my platelet count which was fine. I'm constantly tired and have had really bad chest pain for the last week, coughling up phlegm which had specks of blood in it (think i just scratched my throat)
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ok
User :   sick of being ill constantly
Doctor :   when was the tonsils removed?
User :   february
Doctor :   is it only the tonsils or the adenoids also been removed?
User :   just the tonsils
User :   I used to be able to sing, now even if I attempt to my voice goes. My throat seems to be the cause of all my illnesses.
Doctor :   has the cause for the sore throat been identified?
User :   nope. I've been numerous times to the doctors to which he generally prescribes me with penecillin that does nothing. I've given up on going back because he didn't even give me an explanation for the rash which freaked me out a little to be honest. I'm currently on amoxicillin but they were unsure if this chest infection was bacterial anyway
Doctor :   the sore throat is the effect and not a cause

Doctor :  
it is predisposing to many other respiratory problems.
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let me explain you
User :   ok
Doctor :  
sore throat is the inflammation of the throat
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and it may be caused by
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viral infection
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bacterial, fungal infections
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allergic reactions
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and also to the chemical irritants and pollution
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what ever it is when there is inflammation of the mucosa of throat
User :   but it's recurrent and never seems to go?
Doctor :  
there will be SECONDARY BACTERIAL INFECTION
User :   ok?
Doctor :  
hence the need of the antibiotic
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yes coming to the recurrent pharyngitis
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it can happen when there is reduced immunity or the airway is hyper reactivity to substances
User :   so its my immune system that's the problem?
Doctor :  
the hyper reactivity may be to cold temperature, chemical pollutants and even voice abuse
Doctor :   to say there may be hyper reactivity of the immune system
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you need to find out the exact cause for the repeated recurrent sore throat
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what the treatment offered is to cure the present episode
User :   is there anything you can think it could be that is causing it?
User :   and the chest pain? I never seem to be well which gets in the way of work and University
Doctor :   can you think of any particular event following which you will develop the sore throat
User :   no...generally it's always sore. I tend to just get used to it, however, it's a bit of a nuisance. Whenever my throat is bad, I feel generally unwell and weak.
User :   My voice has changed too
Doctor :   yes it is all because of the repeated infection of the throat.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
these are all the effects and can reverse if the cause is found and treated
User :   it seems my doctor tried to do that with the tonsillectomy which to be honest has made no difference. It was pretty painful recovering from it and to be honest wasn't worth it
Doctor :   finding out the predisposing cause is difficult because of the multiple factors
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it may a particular food stuff,
User :   at one point he suggested glandular fever
Doctor :   ok
User :   it's just annoying because he's given me no explanation and no help really. I'm tired of going to the doctors to just be given more antibiotics
Doctor :  
antibiotics are required to prevent secondary bacterial infection .
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do you have hyperacidity problem?
User :   not that i'm aware of?
Doctor :  
even reflux of stomach content in the night times while sleep will cause sore throat
User :   but would that cause the purpura and the chest pains?
Doctor :   purpura and chest pain are the complication of the secondary infection of the sorethroat

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