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    Black spot/sore on tonsil
    An_244560 posted:

    I woke up today with a sore throat and what felt like something stuck on back of throat.. i brushed it off. As the day progresses it's hurting more and there seems to be bits of blood coming out. Also hard to swallow.

    I just looked in the mirror and its pretty swollen and saw this black thing in there!

    What should i do? My doc. does not have walk ins.. should i go to the ER?
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    You have me at a disadvantage....I have no way of examining your throat to render any type of opinion in this matter.

    Your doctor may not take walk-ins, but they can do "work-ins"...adding an extra patient between the visits. Call and beg (if you have to) to be seen today. The ER is not the best place for these things, but you could go to an urgent care facility if you have one in your area.
    EMSnewbie replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    is there an email address i can send a picture? I did a lot of begging & they would not go for it... i am currently looking for an Urgent care facility.

    Thanks for the response
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to EMSnewbie's response:
    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not in medicine. A medical provider really needs that hands-on inspection. Normal cameras really do not have sufficient resolution, especially smaller jpg files that are emailed, to be helpful...I am sorry.

    I am very sorry that your doctor would not see you. That's a good way to lose patients.

    Your Urgent Care is your best choice. I am sure you will find one.
    EMSnewbie replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Thank you for the response. I ended up going to the E.R. at Columbia Presbyterian, saw 2 doctors and an ENT specialist. It turned out to be Tonsillitis. Got antibiotics, Motrin, and Lidocaine to gargle on.

    Thanks for the help again!
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to EMSnewbie's response:
    You are welcome. I am glad that you were properly examined and diagnosed. You were examined by three different people!

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