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Treatment for white spots in the throat - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have developed white spots at the back of my throat.No pain or irritation. I can see them when I open my mouth and look into the mirror. What could that be?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   HELLO
Doctor :   May I know you age and gender?
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed these spots?
User :   am a female, 25 years old
User :   just today
User :   is when I noiced them
Doctor :   Do you have fever, sore throat, difficulty in swallowing food?
User :   no, none of the above at the moment
Doctor :   How big are these spots?
User :   they are not too big
Doctor :   Are you sexually active?
User :   but quite a number of them
User :   quite
Doctor :   When was your last sexual intercourse?
User :   two days ago
Doctor :   Do you practice safe sex during each time?
User :   not using condoms all the time
Doctor :   Do you have single partner, or involved multiple partners?
User :   I have a single partner
Doctor :   And do you know the infective status of him? I mean does he have any infection that can be sexually transmitted?
User :   he is clear of any infections
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight?
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   am 5"6 tall and 55KG
User :   I dont smoke, and dont drink as often
Doctor :   Do you have diabetes/hypertension?
User :   none of them
Doctor :   I am sorry for asking too many questions, but they were relevant in knowing about your condition.
Doctor :   Now let me explain.
User :   sure thats ok, i understand
Doctor :   Since, a physical examination is not possible online, I cannot pinpoint the exact cause for these spots, however based on the history you gave the probable causes for these spots may be
Doctor :   1. Infection, a candidial infection or
Doctor :   2. Inflammation (glossitis) secondary to vitamin deficiencies or
Doctor :   or the last possibility is that these can be secondary mucosal changes referred to as leukoplakia.
Doctor :   All these conditions are non serious conditions, but they would need further evaluations which will include
Doctor :   1. A physical examination from your doctor,
Doctor :   2. and if required a few blood tests.
Doctor :   The first two conditions which I mentioned are treatable and would need specific drugs such such as anti candidial creams/medications with or without multivitamin supplements.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes am following
Doctor :   Hence my recommmendations are
User :   just wondering how thr anti candidial cream can be applied to my throat, or are they in tablet forms
Doctor :   1. Include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet.
Doctor :   2. Avoid excessive stress and anxiety if any
Doctor :   3. To see your local doctor for physical examination and if needed the tests.
Doctor :   And regarding your last query, candidiasis can be treated by the help of oral tablets or y
Doctor :   there are oral suspensions that can be used as gargles.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes I have
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   you said they my simptomps dont sound to be of a serious conditon
Doctor :   The only possible chances that they can be serious are if these condition is related to a sexually transmittable disease.
User :   right, I see
Doctor :   However you are pretty sure that they are not,
Doctor :   and the symptoms are too short to signify any other serious conditions.
User :   right
Doctor :   So I would suggest you to avoid unnecessary anxiety and stress and get the physical examination.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   once once in a while, when I drink cold water is when my tousils feel abit of pain, but that was before the spots
User :   could that be part of it?
Doctor :   These can happen if your tonsils are extra sensitive.
User :   right
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no
User :   thank you lots
Doctor :   Please fill the feed back form too.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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