ZocdocAnswersWhy is there sores on the back of my throat?

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Why is there sores on the back of my throat?

Red bumpy arritated dots

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I am sorry to hear that you have sores in the back of your throat that are irritated, and that you are worried what might be going on. I will give you some general information about what might be going on, but keep in mind that it will be impossible for me to tell you exactly what is going on in your case since I am not able to take a history from you, or examine you. For that reason, I am going to recommend that you make an appointment to be evaluated by your general practitioner, or an ENT (Ear Nose Throat physician). They will be able to examine you and give you a more specific answer. There are many (hundreds) of minor salivary glands and lymphoid (immune) tissue all throughout your oral cavity (mouth) and oropharynx (tops of your throat). When you are sick, this tissue enlargens as part of your bodies immune response to the pathogen, which causes raised bumps in your throat. This is sometimes referred to as 'cobblestoning' in your throat because it resembles an old cobblestone road. This can be due to the bodies response to a viral infection, or a bacterial infection (such as 'strep' throat). Your doctor will be able to examine you and help determine if you have an infection. Best of luck.

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