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What causes swollen lymph nodes in the back of the tongue? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2014
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User:I am a little white build up on the very back of my tongue with some very small bums but everyone tells me it is just tastebuds and it looks normal. Funny taste in mouth. Also at the right tip of my tongue is a VERY small patch with little red bumps. I have an itchy throat, and some drainage as well. I always seem tired, and am under stress, and have been diagnosed in the past with moderate depression. I am male and 31 years of age.
Doctor:I have read your query
Doctor:I think you seem to be having swollen lymph nodes in the back of the tongue
User:What can cause this......tonsils are a little red, and a little white
User:Slight cough as well
User:Also some congestion
Doctor:This is caused by infection
User:Sinus infection?
Doctor:The back of the tongue also has small tonsils, that is what is infected along with the bigger tonsils
Doctor:It is the tonsils that are infected
Doctor:and some throat infection as well
User:Okay, what can I do to help this get better? Not a fan of going tot he doctor.
Doctor:You might need a course of antibiotics like azithromycin or cefexim
Doctor:Oh... I am afraid you must go to the doctor this time
User:Okay, that is what I suspected. Will this help with the thicker white coating, and the itchy throat?
Doctor:The white things on the tonsils means you have bacterial infection of the tonsils
User:Is strep a possibility?
Doctor:Thick white coating and itchy throat is also a part of the infection, so yes, these medicines should help
Doctor:Yes, streptococcus is a possibility
Doctor:About the antibiotics I mentioned, you will need a prescription to get them
Doctor:so anyways you will have to see a doctor
User:I understand. With the symptoms I have, is it ok to just go to a walk in clinic?
Doctor:Yes, it is okay to go into a walk in clinic
Doctor:You will need to take a full course of antibiotics
Doctor:that is for 3 to 5 days if it is azithromycin
User:what about the small red bumps (maybe 6-7) at the tip of tongue? Can these be swollen papillae/
Doctor:7 to 10 days if it is any other
User:The bumps are no larger than the tip of a needle
Doctor:I think so
Doctor:These papillae are normally present, in your case they seem to have swollen a little bit
Doctor:don't worry about them, they will also get better with the medicines
User:I keep looking into these symptoms online and see crazy things like cancer, aids, and other things......of course my mind goes toward a negative outcome....OCD?
Doctor:When you have an infection in the near vicinity, it is highly likely that infection also affects surrounding structures as well
Doctor:Hmmm, Yes, I would say paranoia due to excessive and unwanted information that is available on the internet
User:Okay, thank you very much!
Doctor:Relax, go see a doctor and get a prescription
User:I will...thanks
Doctor:I am sure you will be alright with a full course of antibiotics
Doctor:You are welcome
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
Doctor:Have a good day ahead
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