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What causes small red spots on the roof of mouth and coughing?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: My throat started slighy hurting on Thursday and more so on Friday. Didn't think much of it until I woke up fatigue and not feeling right Saturday. I looked in my throat and notice small red spots on the roof of my mouth and my uvula looked to have some strainy blood straks. So I got tested for strep and mono, both came back negative. Accompaning system a cough from time to time with clear or slightly white phlegm, which wrote off as allergy related. For full disclosure...I performed oral sex on male partner Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. The only thing different was that I used a latex condom.which I am slightly allergy to when I have vaginal sex. Thanks for your response because this has me confused.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Viral infection...

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thanks for posting the query. I do understand you concern; do not worry, I will try my best to help you with this problem.

The description given by you, seems to be related to viral pharyngitis, secondary to Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. I doubt, any allergic reaction. The reddish petechial rashes noticed on the palate are commonly noticed during viral infection, because of inflammation.

Do not worry! This is a viral infection, which is self-limiting. My suggestions to you are:
1. To drink plenty of warm water.
2. Use povidone iodine spray or mouth gargles to reduce the viral load in the oral cavity.
3. Do steam inhalation 3-4 times a day, the congestion will reduce, so the phlegm and cough.
4. Use saline nasal spray as frequently as possible, this will reduce the cough and irritation in the throat.
5. Try taking OTC pain killers such as Ibuprofen or paracetamol.

If the above symptoms do not subside with in 3-4 days, consider visiting your doctor again, you may require antibiotics.

Regards
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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What causes small red spots on the roof of mouth and coughing?

Brief Answer: Viral infection... Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting the query. I do understand you concern; do not worry, I will try my best to help you with this problem. The description given by you, seems to be related to viral pharyngitis, secondary to Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. I doubt, any allergic reaction. The reddish petechial rashes noticed on the palate are commonly noticed during viral infection, because of inflammation. Do not worry! This is a viral infection, which is self-limiting. My suggestions to you are: 1. To drink plenty of warm water. 2. Use povidone iodine spray or mouth gargles to reduce the viral load in the oral cavity. 3. Do steam inhalation 3-4 times a day, the congestion will reduce, so the phlegm and cough. 4. Use saline nasal spray as frequently as possible, this will reduce the cough and irritation in the throat. 5. Try taking OTC pain killers such as Ibuprofen or paracetamol. If the above symptoms do not subside with in 3-4 days, consider visiting your doctor again, you may require antibiotics. Regards Dr. Naveen Kumar N. ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon