There’s nothing worse than feeling under the weather, amirite? Whether it’s a cold, flu or something more sinister like strep throat. What makes these illnesses even better is when they come with an array of delightful symptoms. One such symptom is white spots on the throat.
What are white spots on the throat?
White patches in your throat can be very unpleasant but thankfully, most white spots don’t automatically mean you have the plague or some rare variant of bubonic tonsillitis.
One issue that could be causing those pesky little pustules on your tonsils could be what we call “tonsil stones” (cute name, huh?). These tiny clusters of bacteria and debris become trapped in crevices around our tonsils and start to multiply until voila – you’ve got yourself a mini biofilm carwash growing at the back of your mouth.
Thrush (oral candidiasis)
Another potential cause is thrush or oral yeast infection. This lovely fungus overgrowth happens when there’s too much Candida albicans living in cozy harmony inside your mouth. Not only does this create unattractive white blisters but also gives rise to itching and foul breath (yay).
But now for the big one, streptococcus pyogenes AKA “strep”. If someone says they have strep-throat; it’s almost impossible not to wince in sympathy. It makes swallowing feel like knitting needles scratching down your windpipe…and then there are the fevers and chills!
A telltale sign of having stepped into strep-ville includes having sported suspiciously bright red streaks all over that beloved tongue-pillow we pay so much money for i.e., our palatine tonsils located at the back of the throat. Along with swollen glands and fever, strep is one possibility in your arsenal of potential throat culprits.
How can you treat white spots on the throat?
For those rock hard nuggets stuck in the crypts of our tonsils, a quick gargle with salt water or a simple cotton swab clearing out all that tartar works wonders. Alternatively if even placing damp finger raises your anxiety, try using an oral irrigator instead – they’re like water picks for teeth except stronger.
Thrush (oral candidiasis)
If candida’s at fault, anti-fungal agents like fluconazole are recommended only after visiting a doctor to determine whether OTC medication will relieve symptoms.
In addition to this over-the-counter measures include keeping good hygiene by brushing twice daily; when sugar intake is high reduction in intake may be necessary too as it worsens thrush overgrowth thus beyond acidic foods altogether when possible cough drops containing any allergens should also be avoided entirely such best stick healthier alternative candies-chewing gum made specifically from non-sugar ingredients.
To avoid getting thrush again once you’ve stomped out its reign – diabetic patients in particular may remain especially prone– use hydrogen peroxide rinse just before bed or vinegar rinses throughout day which prevent germs blossoming inside mouth corners where moisture tends accumulate steadily reduce yeast numbers while restoring balance / acidity within environment there-in rendering no room recontamination again! Yes please!
Strep? Well now – this isn’t so easy I’m afraid… Once caught hold no other solution exists than antibiotic treatment provided by qualified physician specializing perhaps namely amoxicillin penicillin-like drugs target infections caused bacteria directly: aimed particularly towards Group A Streptococcus. No chicken broth alone won’t magically cure this beast.
So next time you notice white spots on your throat, don’t panic straight away! Consider the various causes before jumping to conclusions. By practicing good hygiene (and maybe throwing in a bit of salt water gargling), you can often avoid some common oral infections and remain healthy longer.
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