I have had a sore throat for about two months now and it is accompanied with slight difficulty swallowing. Also it appears there is something white/clear coming from the nasal area down my throat. Also I have thick mucus in my mouth. My tonsils and tongue look normal. No fever, nausea, headache, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. The symptoms appeared out of nowhere. What is it?
The list of possible diagnosis range from strep throat to bad Acid Reflux (GERD).
As you are also complaining of difficulty swallowing, you should f/u with your doctor and have him/her rule out simple causes such as strep throat, acid reflux and then refer you to an ENT doctor to rule out sinus infection or acid reflux which might be going as high as your nasal cavity.
You should be checked as soon as possible as you have already had this problem for 2 months.
Madhup Joshi, MD
Sounds to me like it could be allergy related post nasal drip that is irritating your throat. Drink lots of water to keep the mucus thin and avoid milk products as they thicken mucus. You can try taking an antihistamine or perhaps a decongestant/antihistamine combo product over the counter. You can gargle with some warm salt water to bathe the throat several times a day and at bedtime to reduce irritation . If it doesnt get better in 1-2 days or if you develop any fever, headache, difficulty breathing or the drainage turns yellow or green, see your Primary Care Physician.
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