Old Sore Throat?

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I have had pharyngitis for 6 months. My throat flashlight is like there is white flesh growing but it is still a bit deep like diphtheria, but no one in the immediate environment / person has diphtheria, what do you think about the disease? I’m afraid it’s diphtheria

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Hi Joni,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Pharyngitis (sore throat) is typically characterized by discomfort in the throat, for example pain, lumps in, phlegm, difficulty swallowing, and so on. Pharyngitis sufferers also often experience fever, cough, hoarseness, swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes around the neck and jaw, or headaches, and the appearance of whitish or yellowish spots around the throat and tonsils. This condition is often caused by viral or bacterial infections, although it does not rule out allergies, exposure to dry air, irritation, excessive throat muscle strain, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), tumors, and so on.

There are various microorganisms that are known to cause pharyngitis, including:

Viruses, for example rhinovirus, influenza, mononucleosus, measles Bacteria, for example Streptococcus pyogenes, Group A beta haemolytic Streptococcus, etc. Diphtheria (which is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria) can also be one of the causes of pharyngitis, although it is relatively rare when compared to other microorganisms such as mentioned above. This disease can be transmitted through the inhalation of droplets of saliva that come out of the patient's airway. It could also occur due to direct or indirect contact with an ulcer that appears on the patient's skin. Typically, this disease is often characterized by pharyngitis symptoms accompanied by the appearance of a thick gray membrane covering the patient's throat and tonsils. In addition, sufferers can also experience fever, chills, shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, runny nose, which is sometimes accompanied by bloody mucus.

A white flesh-like mass in your throat area may be a symptom of diphtheria. However, it is also possible for this mass to arise from swelling of the tonsils which occurs due to inflammation of the throat. Alternatively, this mass is detritus, which is a collection of dead skin cells and dead microorganisms that accumulate in the throat. Or, this mass may also form due to an abscess, benign tumor, even a malignant tumor in the throat.

Considering that your complaint has been going on for quite a while, that is, for months, we recommend that you don't let it drag on. Re-check yourself with an ENT specialist so that further treatment can be done, including for example if supporting tests are needed, such as blood tests, smear tonsils and throat tissue, biopsy, and so on.

In the meantime, you should first follow the tips below:

Use a mask covering the nose and mouth to reduce the potential for transmission and entry of harmful substances into your respiratory and digestive tract. Drink lots of warm water. Also eat lots of foods rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. Avoid smoking. Get enough sleep. Get plenty of exercise. antiseptic gargle Hope it helps ya ..

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