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What causes sore throat and yellow discoloration at the back of throat?

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Posted on Thu, 3 Dec 2015
Question: My daughter has a sore throat when I look in her mouth the back of her throat and roof of her mouth is a yellow color it is not drainage it's just yellow in color rather than red
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Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It can be acute tonsillitis but you need to get her examined for diptheria

Detailed Answer:
Hi! Welcome to health care magic!

It is sad to know about what she is going through lately. Based on these findings it all can be due episode of upper respiratory tract infection likely tonsillitis or pharyngitis in which such coating can be formed. Try to scrap it off with spatula or some sterile stick and if it doesn't get scrapped off or bleeds alot kindly consult your GP for a detailed evaluation to rule out diseases like diphtheria.

At this stage, few measures will help.

Use analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and throat irritation.

Using anti histamines like cetrizine or loratidine for itching or soreness will help.

She may be asked for an antibiotics course like with augmentin for few days.

Gargles with XXXXXXX warm saline water for better recovery. Using antibacterial mouth washes may help better. Using hot beverages and avoiding cold will also be beneficial.

Hoping her a speedy recovery. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Regards.



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What causes sore throat and yellow discoloration at the back of throat?

Brief Answer: It can be acute tonsillitis but you need to get her examined for diptheria Detailed Answer: Hi! Welcome to health care magic! It is sad to know about what she is going through lately. Based on these findings it all can be due episode of upper respiratory tract infection likely tonsillitis or pharyngitis in which such coating can be formed. Try to scrap it off with spatula or some sterile stick and if it doesn't get scrapped off or bleeds alot kindly consult your GP for a detailed evaluation to rule out diseases like diphtheria. At this stage, few measures will help. Use analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and throat irritation. Using anti histamines like cetrizine or loratidine for itching or soreness will help. She may be asked for an antibiotics course like with augmentin for few days. Gargles with XXXXXXX warm saline water for better recovery. Using antibacterial mouth washes may help better. Using hot beverages and avoiding cold will also be beneficial. Hoping her a speedy recovery. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Regards.