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Daniel asked...

My throat feels really dry.

I have a throat complaint which has been with me since January 2014. My throat feels really dry at the worst of times. I have been to the doctor and I have been referred to a ENT specialist today.

My doctor said that my throat looked normal, although I see redness and small clear blisters on the dangly bit and to the side. I am experiencing more phlegm than before the complaint also. I don't have swollen glands as far as I can make out. Any ideas on what this could be?

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The answer

The symptoms of redness and blistering you have been experiencing can be associated with viral or bacterial infections of the throat and larynx but more usually these would be accompanied by other more pronounced symptoms.

You mention your throat has been very dry and this could contribute to mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the throat tissue which could lead to some small blister formation through irritation for example.

There are numerous causes of dry throat and these do require medical assessment to ascertain the cause. I’m sure the ENT specialist will be able to undertake a thorough examination enabling diagnosis for you. Good luck for your appointment.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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