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What causes persistent throat ulcers?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: Hello I am a 24 year old male who has been experiencing ulcers on my throat for the past 3 months.
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Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
viral, bacterial or fungal infection. ENT doctor. Run HIV test too

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for the query

The commonest causes of throat ulcers are viral infections (like herpes infection), bacterial infection including syphilis and fungal infection. It is important to note if you ingested any caustic liquids lately. Severe gastro esophagal reflux disease could also manifest itself like throat ulcers. A history of heart burn or changes in taste of saliva would be indicative of this.

Some tumours could present as such, might its rare.

Doing an HIV test and for syphilis after or a proper clinical review and examination, preferably by your ENT doctor is advisable.

Thanks and kind regards as I wish you the best of health.

Dr Bain
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I have been diagnosed in the past with stomach ulcers and acid reflux. Also I have been noticing lately that my throat has had a burning feeling mostly after I eat and also in the mornings when I first wake up
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Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Low dose omeprazole, see gastroenterologist for General review

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for the query

It might be very important than for your gastroenterologist to revisit and check the integrity and function of the stomach. Testing again for helicobacter pylori infection, generally associated with these ulcers and doing a fibroscopy could be of need.

I suggest low dose omeprazole for now (20mg) daily as you await to book an appointment with your doctor. It's imperative for your doctor to do another General examination to exclude other possible causes of the ulcers.

Thanks and kind regards
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What causes persistent throat ulcers?

Brief Answer: viral, bacterial or fungal infection. ENT doctor. Run HIV test too Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for the query The commonest causes of throat ulcers are viral infections (like herpes infection), bacterial infection including syphilis and fungal infection. It is important to note if you ingested any caustic liquids lately. Severe gastro esophagal reflux disease could also manifest itself like throat ulcers. A history of heart burn or changes in taste of saliva would be indicative of this. Some tumours could present as such, might its rare. Doing an HIV test and for syphilis after or a proper clinical review and examination, preferably by your ENT doctor is advisable. Thanks and kind regards as I wish you the best of health. Dr Bain