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What could white spots with mucus in throat suggest?

I think I may have strep throat but I don t have my tonsils anymore but where they used to be really hurt. It is painful when I swallow. There are no small white patches but larger areas of white where the tonsils used to be. My throat is also a little mucusy. Other than that I feel ok.
Thu, 22 Oct 2020
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Hi,

The possibilities are one of the following for white areas over tonsillar area with painful swallowing:
- Aphthous ulcers appear like this can cause painful swallowing
- Actual bacterial infection
- Pseudo-membranous pharyngitis

Hence, the best way is as follows:
- Consult an ENT surgeon as he can tell clinically the cause and get you started on an appropriate treatment before the reports are available
- You may be started on a proper antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, symptomatic and supportive treatment
- Throat swab from the white area
- Tests of blood
- Further changes in management as needed
- Do Povidone iodine gargle

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What could white spots with mucus in throat suggest?

Hi, The possibilities are one of the following for white areas over tonsillar area with painful swallowing: - Aphthous ulcers appear like this can cause painful swallowing - Actual bacterial infection - Pseudo-membranous pharyngitis Hence, the best way is as follows: - Consult an ENT surgeon as he can tell clinically the cause and get you started on an appropriate treatment before the reports are available - You may be started on a proper antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, symptomatic and supportive treatment - Throat swab from the white area - Tests of blood - Further changes in management as needed - Do Povidone iodine gargle Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon