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Old 02-16-2003, 11:14 PM   #1
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I recently looked at my throat in the mirror, which I don't do often. On the left side of my throat, there is a white spot...I touched it and it feels like a bump. It's not very big. Below the spot it looks a bit red. There is redness on the right side of my throat as well, but no bumps or spots. I had my tonsils removed when I was 7, and I will be 22 in about 2 weeks. I have had constant difficulty swallowing and a feeling that I have a lump in my throat. I saw my doctor a week and a half ago for the swallowing problems and there was nothing else going on with my throat at the time. This week I will schedule a barium swallow to make sure everything looks okay. It looks like there's a white film on the back of my tongue. I have no pain, no sore throat, or cough or anything like that. Hot/spicy foods seem to make it a lot worse. I am having trouble breathing (have mild asthma but am taking Albuterol inhaler, which seems to help). Have had a little chest pain today which I'm sure is probably asthma-related. I'm taking Paxil, Claritin-D 24-Hour, and Nexium. Doctor through my throat problems could be related to acid reflux - the Nexium has not helped a bit. She also thought stress could be the culprit but I have that under control with the medication so I know that's not it. Anyone have any clue to what this is and if there is anything I can do or should I just see my doctor? I have been to the doctor many times for this, and it is very frustrating and uncomfortable. Thanks.

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Old 02-18-2003, 07:19 PM   #2
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I just wanted to tell you that I have these white bumps in my throat all of the time (they have an actual name --something like "exudiate" or something). I have been told that they usually occur when your body is trying to fight off illness (colds, or even allergies). The can feel like rocks in your throat and can cause your throat to be soar. I'm not trying to sound gross, but you can pick it out with a tweezers, etc..(but be careful) -and this can help relieve the annoying lump feeling in your throat. I have talked to many people who have this problem. They always go away, but I have had them stay for over a month before! Obviously I am not a doctor, and a visit to your doctor would be a good idea (and give you peace of mind), but I hope this helps you!

Old 02-18-2003, 10:53 PM   #3
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Hi, thanks for your message! That sounds about right. I took my son to the doctor the other day for his check-up, and asked the nurse practitioner about the bump in my throat. She took a look at it and said it has to do with nasal drainage (which I have quite a bit of, due to allergies) and that nasal spray and Sudafed will clear it up and if not, to come back and get it checked to rule out infection. When I use the nasal spray, it helps, and Claritin is helping as well. But my allergies are still quite bothersome - my throat always feels tight and like it's swollen - it's a constant feeling and quite annoying. I think it could be food allergy though I am negative to common food allergies. Well I will try to carefully get rid of the bump in my throat & try the meds my nurse suggested and check with my doctor if it doesn't improve. I have had this feeling in my throat since Thanksgiving and have been to the doctor 9 times (3 to the ER) because it just wouldn't go away. Thanks for the tips!

Old 02-21-2003, 09:11 PM   #4
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I too have a lump in the tbhroat just behind tonsil
i have no white spots but the top of my tonsil looks swollen like there is a lump or something pressing behind it.... its just under the ear where i feel the lump when i swallow and it feels like an oysterstuck there

Old 03-12-2003, 02:53 PM   #5
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I also have a lump in my throat!!!! I asked my doctor about it and she said it is tonsil tissure growing back. Nothing to worry about!!! She sais it happens all the time. As long as your not spitting up blood or any thing! Then it could be something else she told me.

Old 03-13-2003, 10:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tip! Does it go away? Because I don't want to spend the rest of my life not being able to breathe or swallow's getting rather annoying. Anyhow when I look in the mirror now, my throat looks much better. The doctor said I have pharyngitis....but my throat looks better, doesn't feel any better.

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