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Worried About My Throat
Lando13 posted:
Hi, I'm 22 years old and about 3 months ago I woke up with a slight sore throat. I was especially worried because It was the morning after I had kissed a girl and it was our first time. When I checked my throat in the mirror I noticed that my throat was very veiny and there appeared to be red/orange spots around the back of my throat as well. Within a few days I soon developed a terrible stomach ache and a loss of appetite. The soreness in my throat went away, but the red/orange spots and veins appeared to have remained the same if not gotten worse. So I made an appointment to see a doctor. The doctor prescribed me antibiotics and swabbed my throat for a culture test. After taking the antibiotics as prescribed my stomach pains went away and I went back to see the doctor about my throat. He told me that the culture test came back negative and that my throat looked normal. I was really surprised when he said my throat looked normal because I knew that it didn't. When I asked him about the spots he didn't really know what to say. I left the doctor's that day with none of my questions answered and that was about a month and a half ago. I'm not very confident at all with what my doctor told me and I hope I can get some other opinions. I'm posting here in hope that someone will be able to give me an idea of why my throat appears the way that it does. My throat hasn't been sore at all it just looks very bad. Perhaps I'm just worried about nothing. It is possible that my throat has always been like this and I just didn't notice it until I inspected it the day I had that slight throat, I can't be sure. I have attached some pictures. One is of the first day that I noticed I had the sore throat. The 2nd is of how my throat looks today. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any advice you can give me.
October 27(First day):

January 4(Today):
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but they are never a substitute for a hands-on examination combined with a throrough medical history. As much as I would like to help you, it would not be prudent to make a diagnostic call just from a photo. I can tell you that you have a lot of ectopic lymph tissue on your pharynx (called cobblestoning). The can be due to a variety of issues, such viral infections. Because your Strep test was negative, this could be your underlying problem, but that is just guess since I do not have sufficient information about you or your case.

Since you do not have confidence in your doctor, perhaps it is time for you to see an ENT specialist to get a more definitive answer.

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