White Splotches in Throat with Cold Symptoms

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Q: Tuesday I woke up with a bad sore throat but it went away after that day. Its not very sore at all now, just irritated I guess. But I've had all the other cold symptoms. Sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches.

I've felt much better by today but my throat just looks really strange. Theres those white tear drop looking things on my tonsils but theres also all these white splotches back there. Any idea what it might be?

Symptoms:  Tuesday I woke up with a bad sore throat but it went away after that day. Its not very sore at all now, just irritated I guess. But I've had all the other cold symptoms. Sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches.

I've felt much better by today but my throat just looks really strange. Theres those white tear drop looking things on my tonsils but theres also all these white splotches back there. Any idea what it might be?
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Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. The appearance of your throat is likely being caused by bacterial pharyngitis. This bacterial infection of the throat could likely be caused by streptococcal bacteria which is causing this characteristic inflamed throat with white purulent exudate (pus). You will need to have your throat examined by your doctor and start a course of antibiotic medication to clear this infection. Once the course of antibiotics are completed your symptoms will likely resolve without complication.

AskTheDoctor.com wishes you a speedy recovery.

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