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Ulcers In The Throat

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 11 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Throat Ulcer Throat Ulcer Infection

Ulcers can be very painful and annoying for the sufferer, and there may be many causes. Most people associate ulcers with the tongue and mouth but they can form in the throat, too. In most cases, they are a symptom of an underlying condition that usually requires medical assessment and treatment.

Causes Of Throat Ulcers

There are many different causes for throat ulcers, and these can range from simple Oral Thrush, the same virus that cause cold sores (herpes simplex), and include the different forms of syphilis.

In a few rare cases, the chicken pox virus may have attacked the throat along with other viral causes. Occasionally untreated tonsillitis that may result in the breakdown of the tonsil tissue may cause ulcers as the inflammation attacks.

Symptoms Of Throat Ulcers

A typical symptoms of throat ulcers is difficulty swallowing. This can be a minor discomfort or make it impossible to swallow at all. When you look in the mirror, open your mouth and try to flatten your tongue to the bottom of the mouth so you have more visibility of the throat area. Throat ulcers usually appear as white spots on the tonsil area, in the later stages of deterioration the tissue can secrete pus and look grey as the cells of the throat die.

In the occurrence of pus-secreting throat ulcers, it is also likely that you will experience a nasty taste in your mouth that may seem bitter or offensive. You may also be more conscious of Your Breath as this may omit a sour aroma that can smell like infection.

Treatments For Throat Ulcers

In most cases, it is recommended that medical attention is sought to combat throat ulcers, as they indicate that an infection has begun to affect the tissues, which is difficult to treat without medication.

In the early stages of a sore throat it may help to ease the symptoms by using salt water throat gargles (do not swallow the solution) and by taking an anti-inflammatory drugs, such as a ibuprofen or paracetamol.

Try to rest and drink plenty of clear fluids; if swallowing is difficult, it may help to try thicker fluids, such as milkshakes or soups, that are easier to swallow.

You may want to take more care with your diet as spicy foods, those containing salts or chemicals may aggravate the pain and make it worse. It may also be helpful to clean your teeth and tongue more thoroughly or more often as you are more likely to suffer from bad breath.

Preventing Throat Ulcers

If you can avoid throat infections (which is quite difficult), then your chances of getting throat ulcers are reduced. Keeping healthy by watching your diet, including your Alcohol and salt content, making sure you get enough of the important vitamins and minerals and by Not smoking can significantly reduce the chances of throat ulcers.

Throat ulcers can be very painful and cause problems with swallowing, sometimes making it impossible. They are usually caused by simple viral infections, but can be a symptoms of other more serious conditions that will need medical attention quite urgently.

Staying Healthy

You can read more tips and advice on ensuring your throat stays free of infection in our article Keeping Your Throat Healthy on this site.

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It is good to hear that other people have throat ulcers.I have had bouts of throat ulcers since I was young.They always are a result from eating too much chocolate or too much stress.It can be really annoying and I often feel as though I am getting a cold because of the sore throat and then it turns out to be throat ulcers. Apart from avoiding chocolate (my one vice), I guess I will just have to live with them, but I have always wondered whether it would lead to throat cancer.No one I know has ever had them.They have had the more common mouth ulcers.
Anothersorethroat - 11-May-17 @ 4:56 AM
I have throatulcers for almost months.I went to a throat specialist and he prescribedme antibiotics whichI have to take 8 at once for 3 days and thereafter I take 4for 3 days.They only helped a bit and the pain was lessened. This ulcers cause white patches on my palate.Now I feel much betterafter talking to a friend who has the same problem.He said he is treating that with tablets called Bio-Cimetidine 400.They are very good now as l speak I can swallow.It very painfuleven if I drink Liquids.Hopefully they will help since is now a week using them.They are cheap no stress,I bought them for R20.00
Macsar - 9-Apr-17 @ 1:44 PM
Dear All, Please take 3-4 teaspoon of cocunut oil and gargle for atleast 8 mins.You should do that 5 to 6 times a day and next day it would be gone, Also check if Sodium laurly Sulphate is present in your toothpaste if yes please avoid it if you have burning sensation in your throat and below, it could be acid reflux,pl take tablets for same before eating anything in the morning, pl avoid coffee/chocolate/ anything which has choco flavour/spicy food-STRICT NO.fried items NO, tomatoes NO, citrus like lemon orange/peanuts-NO Please maintain a healthy diet for atleast one month, if you are doing exercise do not over do it, also breath thru nostroil while doing exercise or yoga. After food take one teaspoon of HONEY, honey not more that 4 teaspoon in a day Hope this would help one and all,
Rahul - 16-Feb-17 @ 5:29 PM
annamb - Your Question:
Bty - I too have suffered from terrible mouth ulcers throughout my life, sometimes they were so severe I barely ate for days and talking was a struggle. Mine have almost disappeared since changing my toothpaste to the Oral B pro-expert. There must be something in it that helps fight whatever was causing the ulcers and I don't know what, I just know it works and I won't use any other now! I've visited this site today as unfortunately I've got throat ulcers now (my toothpaste doesn't reach that far), but my mouth ulcers have gone after years of suffering.

Our Response:
Thanks for yoru advice, I'm sure it will help other suffers. We are also glad your own mouth ulcers have abated.
ThroatProblems - 9-Feb-17 @ 11:11 AM
bty - I too have suffered from terrible mouth ulcers throughout my life, sometimes they were so severe I barely ate for days and talking was a struggle. Mine have almost disappeared since changing my toothpaste to the Oral B pro-expert. There must be something in it that helps fight whatever was causing the ulcers and I don't know what, I just know it works and I won't use any other now! I've visited this site today as unfortunately I've got throat ulcers now (my toothpaste doesn't reach that far), but my mouth ulcers have gone after years of suffering.
annamb - 8-Feb-17 @ 12:45 PM
Eat one clove of raw garlic on empty stomach i usualy drink on glass of water on it because of burning it will help 3 times a day dont drink coffe and dont eat anything that will irritate ulcers use antibacterial mouthwash drink lots of fluid and eat a lots of garlic i tried my self it helps like mirracle
Inciic - 23-Jan-17 @ 12:03 AM
I have throat infection from last two days I am getting problem in swallowing,eating food Plz suggest
vicky - 25-Dec-16 @ 2:00 PM
I have been having mouth ulcers since my childhood. Now I am almost 27yrs old. I still get them. But they have reduced. Whenever I visited an ENT doctor, they prescribe me Candid mouth paint. But this hardly help. So, I gave up. This time I got about 5 Mouth ulcers in my tongue near the throat. It becomes very difficult in swallowing. I swear this is the hardest of all my experience. Please suggest. and help me so that I can get complete cure.
bty - 11-Dec-16 @ 1:05 PM
Actually, before having throat ulcers ( that are very painful and can't swallowing any thing ) I smoked 10 cigarette in 3 day but 3-4cigarette cont. in chain Then, because of change in weather I had cold and get first loose motion, second weakness, headache, join pain. During this session I have "split green gram khichdi" (in hindi ???? ?? ??? ?? ????? ) and banana for two days. But as I get well soon from fever headache and join pain , I have throat ulcer very much but not in my mouth . Please help me I can't wallow any thing even my saliva.
krishnaveer - 23-Oct-16 @ 3:04 PM
golu - Your Question:
A 2 yr child has swelling at the neck behind ear.it is very painful to her.it is called galsoda in hindi pls tell me some remedy that would be helpful for her. I will be vry thankful to u.:-)

Our Response:
I'm afraid we cannot give medical advice, you would have to visit your GP/doctor who will be able to treat this.
ThroatProblems - 6-Sep-16 @ 9:56 AM
A 2 yr child has swelling at the neck behind ear ...it is very painful to her...it is called galsoda in hindi pls tell me some remedy that would be helpful for her... I will be vry thankful to u....:-)
golu - 5-Sep-16 @ 7:00 AM
A 2 yr old child has swallow below her ear at the back of it, it is very painful nd as per me it is called galsoda in hindi ... Pls tell me some remedy for it...
golu - 5-Sep-16 @ 6:53 AM
I have been hurting for weeks and have tasted blood in my mouth in the mornings when I wake up but never thought nothing about it that I was just imaging things. I have the sour taste in the back of my mouth which is awful!!. This pain goes all the way down my throat my esphogas and is killing me I take ibprophin and I doesn't help at all. I have a small few bumps or ulers on the side by my back tooth.But I have white puss on my thonlas and red bumps all over the back of my throat it feels and looks like it goes all down my neck. Does anyone know what or sounds like this is??? it hurts to eat and drink and just when I don't eat or drink it is just painful ive not been eating trying to not hurt ive eat grits and I was able to but cant find anything else. Does anyone have ANY ides of what this is or sounds like????
PAINFUL - 29-Jul-16 @ 1:29 PM
wrenner - Your Question:
Am expirienciwng difficulty in swallowing,pain in lower pharynx n the whole neck.What could be the cause.

Our Response:
Unfortunately, we cannot give medical advice, if your symptoms persist you would need to seek advice from your GP.
ThroatProblems - 26-Apr-16 @ 11:26 AM
Am expirienciwng difficulty in swallowing,pain in lower pharynx n the whole neck.What could be the cause.
wrenner - 25-Apr-16 @ 5:08 PM
I started out with a heavy fever and headaches, then a minor pain in the throat. I thought I just had a normal virus and my doctor pretty much told me I had a mini ulcer, but wrote down that I had a sore throat and nasal congestion... The ibuprofen isn't doing anything and I just looked in the mirror to see if I could see the ulcer... And now I have multiple. It's the worst pain, and I'm hungry and sooo very thirsty :( not only that, but it's finals week and I have my period. Why isn't there a cure!? If someone has a good remedy, please comment!
Nikki - 18-Apr-16 @ 8:34 AM
I've had a throat ulcer for6 weeks now I saw nurse practitioner twice as there were no doctors available I've been on penicillin for 5 days now and it's no better at all. I'm getting pain in my ear now after having used spray for it 2weeks ago should I be worried .
Bebble - 16-Apr-16 @ 11:02 PM
I was diagnosed with a throat ulcer almost3 weeks ago iI HV been taking the prilosac thy prescribed me and I still can not swallow foods. I have been eating oatmeal and yogurt nothing else because Iccan'tswallow, it gets stuck in my throat and really scares me sometimes I can't breath when food is stuck there.. Any advice??? I HOPE SO IM STARVING!!!!
beth - 3-Mar-16 @ 4:56 PM
celia - Your Question:
What food is good for someone with ulcer and what is good? Is milk bad, garlic, tomato, potatoes, beans, peanuts and herbs sad and why?

Our Response:
Creamy foods help such as yoghurt, milkshakes, soft cheeses and ice cream, will soothe rather than aggravate the throat and if possible keep them cool. If you have to eat solid food, it is advised to chop it up small and/or blend vegetables and eat luke warm rather than piping hot. Foods that irritate are the likes of crackers, toast, peanuts, citrus fruits, tomatoes (any food that is acidic).
ThroatProblems - 23-Feb-16 @ 10:18 AM
What food is good for someone with ulcer and what is good? Is milk bad, garlic, tomato, potatoes, beans, peanutsand herbs sad and why?
celia - 22-Feb-16 @ 8:55 AM
Put coconut oil and honey in warm water and drink as much as you can. Avoid caffeine and chocolate.
Sasha - 16-Feb-16 @ 2:02 PM
I have got an ulcer on the roof of my mouth at the back is there anything to be concerned about?
Lulubell - 21-Jan-16 @ 7:06 PM
Sky chew - Your Question:
I use Manuka honey 40+ take it pure one teaspoon make sure it covers the ulcer take it every hour a day or Two it will be better

Our Response:
Many thanks for your comments.
ThroatProblems - 13-Jan-16 @ 2:47 PM
I use Manuka honey 40+ take it pure one teaspoon make sure it covers the ulcer take it every hour a day or Two it will be better
Sky chew - 13-Jan-16 @ 11:54 AM
Baker1 - Your Question:
Every night I wake up with blood coming from the back of my mouth. It covers the centre of my tongue leaving a nasty taste wat could it be?

Our Response:
I'm afraid, for obvious reasons we cannot attempt to diagnose conditions or give advice on medical issues. I suggest you see your GP who will examine your mouth and throat.
ThroatProblems - 5-Jan-16 @ 1:44 PM
Every night I wake up with blood coming from the back of my mouth . It covers the centre of my tongue leaving a nasty taste wat could it be?
Baker1 - 5-Jan-16 @ 7:32 AM
@Danny Ouch. You need to go and see your doctor who will prescribe something for them. It must be very painful. It sounds painful just thinking about it.
Dewy - 25-Nov-15 @ 12:57 PM
I have more than 5 ulcers(big, small, some are quite deep) on left side of throat and been almost a week but not recovering. It's was painful in the first few days and I try to drink plenty of water and it has stop the pain. But the wounds remain there and same. Not getting any better.
Danny - 25-Nov-15 @ 6:16 AM
ABD - Your Question:
Hi, I have a big ulcer in right side of my throat and the thing is that its not paining at all.Is it really ulcer or anything else?

Our Response:
You would have to visit your doctor as he/she will be able to take a look at it in order to make a diagnosis.
ThroatProblems - 23-Nov-15 @ 10:34 AM
Hi, I have a big ulcer in right side of my throat and the thing is that its not paining at all. Is it really ulcer or anything else?
ABD - 22-Nov-15 @ 4:55 AM
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