Other Reasons for Recurrent Sore Throats

Recurrent Aphthous ulceration: You will usually see small ulcers in the mouth, inside the lips or cheeks. This is a condition whose cause is unknown. If there are only one or 2 ulcers, we can make them heal faster by application of silver nitrate in a painless office procedure.

Cancerous growth in the throat: For reasons science has n ot yet explained, , this problem is becoming much more common as time passes. The typical patient is an adult from 40-70, and may have been a smoker or regular alcohol drinker. Some these days have no such history. Any persistent soreness in the throat should be evaluated with a complete examination.

Reflux from the stomach: when food goes into the stomach, it stimulates the production of acid. People with this problem may experience heartburn when the food and acid come back up into the esophagus and the throat. Some will have the sore throats but no hearburn. Others may get hoarse, or a sense of a lump in the throat.

Nasal blockage: If you can’t breathe thru the nose, your  throat can get very dry, and this makes the bacterial count go up, leading to infections. See the pages on the nose to learn more about treatments for this. (link to nose page)

Other infectionsThrush is an infection caused by fungus, which can grow after treatment with antibiotics upset the balance. It may also happen to people who are using steroid inhalers for asthma, or in people who have a weakened immune system.

Autoimmune conditions: inflammation caused by the body’s immune system can be seen as streaks of white or ulcers inside the mouth an the inner cheek and/or tongue. Sometimes there is a rash elsewhere on the body