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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. For about a week, I have been sneezing, running nose/congestion, etc, and itching in the back of my throat. Last night I took a flashlight and looked into my mouth - the papillae at the back of my tongue are enormous. They look like mounds of swollen red sand dunes. I have no tonsils. I gargled with salt water w hydrogen peroxide this morning and it seems to have helped a little bit. What has caused these huge bumps on the back of my tongue?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   37
Doctor :   Do you have fever?
User :   no, at leastit doesn't feel like it
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   let me brief you.
User :   sure
Doctor :   The redness and the bumps that you see are secondary to inflammatory changes seen in case of upper respiratory tract infections.
Doctor :   These are sure to settle down once the causative agents, that is the infection in your case settle down.
User :   so i could have a URI?
User :   I don't "feel sick" other than the sneezing. Should I just wait it out?
Doctor :   Yes, your symptoms are due to upper respiratory tract infection, most likely a viral in nature.
User :   Wow, I wouldn't have put that one together. Do I need antibiotics?
Doctor :   Viral infections are self limiting in nature, meaning they settle down by itself.
User :   oh right...viral. No antibiotics then.
Doctor :   since you do not have fever and u'r symptoms are better now, you can wait on antibiotics.
User :   Ok, so I should'nt worry. Is it contagious?...can I kiss my husband? :)
Doctor :   Continue the gargles and preferrably plain warm water will do (hydrogen peroxide may be corrosive)
Doctor :   You can use tylenol cold once or twice a day along with it, untill your symptoms settle,
Doctor :   Viral infections spread by drop let infections and there are chances that they can spread by close contact.
Doctor :   However they are not worrisome, unless they are of specific strains such as the H1N1 strains.
Doctor :   Hence if you are in a location where there is H1N1 epidemic, I suggest you to avoid those close contacts.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes, this has been very helpful. I will continue gargling and monitor over next few days. Thanks a million!
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No, i think that's it today. Thanks again.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.Bye for now.
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