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Old 10-10-2020, 06:41 PM
 
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For the past 5-6 months, I've been waking up with a sore throat that lasts the entire day. It's not painful like strep throat but I mainly notice it when I swallow. I tested negative for Covid a few months ago so I ruled that out first. Antihistamines didn't help either.

I finally decided to go to an ENT doctor who did a laryngoscopy and said my throat had a few bumps and was a little red. He prescribed me a nasal spray which I started using but stopped after I got this throbbing headache a few weeks ago - I NEVER get headaches so I was worried that the spray may have caused it.

Last week, he brought me back for a CT Scan of my sinus and the scan came back normal. He said it could either be acid reflux or sleep apnea and offered me a prescription medication for reflux and a home sleep study. I haven't tried either yet.

A week ago, I found an old suitcase in my closet that grew some yellow mold looking stuff on it and immediately threw it out. I also had my vents professionally cleaned. Yet, I still have my sore throat.

I'm lost on what my next step should be. See an allergist for possible exposure? Do the sleep study? Get checked for throat cancer?
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:37 AM
 
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Hmm, sorry no answers here, but my 82-yo Mom started having a sore throat too about a month ago for no real reason. She was told by the Dr she may have acid reflux too & was given some med for it, but I have to see what she said about it...don't know if it worked or not. She started gargling w/ some hydrogen peroxide & said that helped, so maybe try that next.

Otherwise, I'd probably try the at-home sleep study if I were you, as long as it's not too much trouble.

Glad you found that moldy suitcase & threw it out. Did you look up info about yellow mold? There are different mold colors, you know, so you may want to look more into how it affects a person & at least call the Dr to see how serious it was to you.

I wish you well & keep me posted!
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:53 AM
 
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For the past 5-6 months, I've been waking up with a sore throat that lasts the entire day. It's not painful like strep throat but I mainly notice it when I swallow. I tested negative for Covid a few months ago so I ruled that out first. Antihistamines didn't help either.

I finally decided to go to an ENT doctor who did a laryngoscopy and said my throat had a few bumps and was a little red. He prescribed me a nasal spray which I started using but stopped after I got this throbbing headache a few weeks ago - I NEVER get headaches so I was worried that the spray may have caused it.

Last week, he brought me back for a CT Scan of my sinus and the scan came back normal. He said it could either be acid reflux or sleep apnea and offered me a prescription medication for reflux and a home sleep study. I haven't tried either yet.

A week ago, I found an old suitcase in my closet that grew some yellow mold looking stuff on it and immediately threw it out. I also had my vents professionally cleaned. Yet, I still have my sore throat.

I'm lost on what my next step should be. See an allergist for possible exposure? Do the sleep study? Get checked for throat cancer?
Your next step is to report back to your ENT. You never asked the ENT whether headaches were a possible side effect of the nasal spray? Did you read the patient information that came with the prescription? Why are you worrying needlessly? Ask the question, get an answer. Your ENT can't work on your problem in isolation...you have to communicate, participate. You two need to work together to figure it out.

You do have one answer already...you got rid of the old suitcase and had your vents cleaned and you still have your sore throat. Obviously neither one of those were the culprit.

If the nasal spray doesn't end up helping, the next step would be to actually try the other prescription your ENT gave you and report back to him. If you do have acid reflux that could certainly contribute to a sore throat. If you have sleep apnea or snore/breathe with your mouth open all night every night that could easily cause a chronic sore throat too. It is very common.

Health problems are often solved through process of elimination. You have to be part of that process. Remember the saying "if you hear hoofbeats think horses, not zebras". Throat cancer? Really? Most common most likely reason for a sore throat should be ruled out first. If the acid reflux med and the sleep apnea study don't provide answers, allergy testing makes sense.

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Old 10-11-2020, 03:50 PM
 
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Your next step is to report back to your ENT. You never asked the ENT whether headaches were a possible side effect of the nasal spray? Did you read the patient information that came with the prescription? Why are you worrying needlessly? Ask the question, get an answer. Your ENT can't work on your problem in isolation...you have to communicate, participate. You two need to work together to figure it out.

You do have one answer already...you got rid of the old suitcase and had your vents cleaned and you still have your sore throat. Obviously neither one of those were the culprit.

If the nasal spray doesn't end up helping, the next step would be to actually try the other prescription your ENT gave you and report back to him. If you do have acid reflux that could certainly contribute to a sore throat. If you have sleep apnea or snore/breathe with your mouth open all night every night that could easily cause a chronic sore throat too. It is very common.

Health problems are often solved through process of elimination. You have to be part of that process. Remember the saying "if you hear hoofbeats think horses, not zebras". Throat cancer? Really? Most common most likely reason for a sore throat should be ruled out first. If the acid reflux med and the sleep apnea study don't provide answers, allergy testing makes sense.
Thanks for the response. The issue is my ENT seems stumped and seems to be guessing at this point so I’m thinking it would be good to get another perspective from a different kind of specialist. The acid reflux med and home sleep study aren't cheap so I want to be strategic on which one I try first.

I’ve always slept with my mouth open and never had a chronic sore throat until recently so I’m confused on why it would randomly would start now. I’m almost leaning toward seeing an allergist first because of the mold I found recently.
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Old 10-11-2020, 04:55 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. The issue is my ENT seems stumped and seems to be guessing at this point so I’m thinking it would be good to get another perspective from a different kind of specialist. The acid reflux med and home sleep study aren't cheap so I want to be strategic on which one I try first.

I’ve always slept with my mouth open and never had a chronic sore throat until recently so I’m confused on why it would randomly would start now. I’m almost leaning toward seeing an allergist first because of the mold I found recently.
Consider if you do see an allergist, go through testing and nothing shows up you're right back where you started and your session with the ENT sort of went to waste. Can you get a sample of the acid reflux med and try it for a few nights? You could also try an OTC med and see if that helps at all. If it does, maybe that avenue is worth pursuing. You eliminated the obvious mold but your throat didn't improve so that sort of suggests the answer doesn't lie there. You're going to pay for allergy testing too and it can take a while to rule out all the possibilities. Do you get other allergy-related symptoms? Sinus problems or post nasal drip? That can irritate your throat.
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Old 10-12-2020, 04:38 AM
 
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I would go back to the ENT and ask about the nasal spray causing headaches. Sometimes I get short term headaches after using sprays, but they typically help. However, I am allergic to one of the main nasal steroids. When I use it nasally, the effects are a little slow. You might just want to ask if you can try another type.

If you have memberships to someplace like Costco, you should be able to get reflux meds for cheap.
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Old 10-13-2020, 01:13 AM
 
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For the past 5-6 months, I've been waking up with a sore throat that lasts the entire day. It's not painful like strep throat but I mainly notice it when I swallow. I tested negative for Covid a few months ago so I ruled that out first. Antihistamines didn't help either.

I finally decided to go to an ENT doctor who did a laryngoscopy and said my throat had a few bumps and was a little red. He prescribed me a nasal spray which I started using but stopped after I got this throbbing headache a few weeks ago - I NEVER get headaches so I was worried that the spray may have caused it.

Last week, he brought me back for a CT Scan of my sinus and the scan came back normal. He said it could either be acid reflux or sleep apnea and offered me a prescription medication for reflux and a home sleep study. I haven't tried either yet.

A week ago, I found an old suitcase in my closet that grew some yellow mold looking stuff on it and immediately threw it out. I also had my vents professionally cleaned. Yet, I still have my sore throat.

I'm lost on what my next step should be. See an allergist for possible exposure? Do the sleep study? Get checked for throat cancer?
Hello,

I'm sorry to hear your situation. I would suggest you that you need to take actions immediately, staying with symptoms is not good for your health either. I think you can discuss with an allergist so that you can get a clear idea whether your sore throat was a result of the mold, If not you can go to next solution.

But do remember that fear will start to make you feel hopeless, the more you delay the more stronger your fear becomes.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:22 AM
 
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I've been struggling with a sore throat for the last week or so. Dr prescribed antibiotics suspecting Strep (virtual appt) but they haven't helped. I keep trying to figure out what is causing it and I had a realization last night. I suffer from a severe dust mite allergy and I had to return to working in the office recently---and I'm wearing cloth masks for 8 hours a day now.
I suspect now that my cloth masks could be harboring some dust mites and causing my throat irritation. I'm going to switch to the N95 masks (that all my allergy paperwork suggested I use when I clean my home, years before COVID) to see if that helps ease my pain.
SO OP, if you are wearing a mask all day, and it was not something you had to do before, perhaps that is partly to blame for your sore throat. You should most definitely follow thru on the testing your doctor recommended but I would also look into an allergy screening to rule out something being inhaled and irritating your throat.
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Old 11-09-2020, 10:02 AM
 
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...I suspect now that my cloth masks could be harboring some dust mites and causing my throat irritation. I'm going to switch to the N95 masks (that all my allergy paperwork suggested I use when I clean my home, years before COVID) to see if that helps ease my pain.
SO OP, if you are wearing a mask all day, and it was not something you had to do before, perhaps that is partly to blame for your sore throat...

Yes, good reminder. I posted earlier & my Mom's throat is still bothering her. I need to mention about the mask-wearing to her. She only wears a disposable type probably 1-2, maybe 3xs a week for no more than an hour or less at a time so I don't think that should cause an ongoing sore throat for the last 2-3 mos.
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:13 PM
 
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Sore throat is one symptom of having Acid Reflux. Just out of nowhere it will happen. Even when talking your voice will get horse for no reason.
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