Spots on Throat



What are spots on throat?

Spots on throat are red or white bumps that resemble pimples in the back of the throat. They are typically a sign of irritation. Their outward appearance, including color, will help your doctor identify the underlying cause.

How common are spots on throat?

Spots on throat are extremely common. They can occur in patients in any gender at any age. They can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Which signs and symptoms can spots on throat usually be associated with?

Related signs and symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Redness and swelling of your throat or tonsils
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Headache
  • Rash


What causes spots on throat?

Causes of white spots on the throat may include:

  • Strep throat. A sore throat could be a sign of a strep throat infection. Some people with this contagious bacterial infection will also have white spots on their tonsils or in their throat.
  • Infectious mononucleosis. This highly contagious viral infection, also called mono, can cause white spots on your tonsils and in your throat.
  • Oropharyngeal candidiasis. Oropharyngeal candidiasis, or oral thrush, is a yeast or fungal infection of your mouth and throat. It can cause white spots in these locations. Thrush is more common in babies, as well as people with weak immune systems.
  • Oral and genital herpes. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is a common viral infection. It can spread through kissing, oral sex, or sharing utensils or cups with an infected person. Genital herpes (HSV-2) is an infection that’s spread through sexual contact. The most common symptom of oral herpes is a sore on your lip. The most common symptom of genital herpes is a sore in your genital area. Both infections may occur without symptoms. Both types of herpes can cause sores and white spots to appear on your throat and tonsils.

Causes of red spots on the throat may include:

  • Herpangina is a viral infection that can cause blister-like ulcers on the roof of your mouth and at the back of the throat.
  • Hand, foot, and mouth disease. The contagious hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a viral infection that can cause a rash on the hands, feet, and mouth. Similar to herpangina, this infection can also cause red spots and blisters on the throat. HFM can easily spread through contact with unwashed hands, feces, nose mucus, and spit. Children under the age of 5 are most at risk.
  • Oral cancer. Early signs of oral cancer include sores, red or white patches in your mouth or your throat, and pain that doesn’t go away. Age, eating, smoking, and drinking alcohol can increase your risk of developing this disease. Cancer is deadly, so early detection is crucial.

If there’s an overlap of red bumps with white bumps, the causes may include:

  • Strep throat
  • Oral thrush
  • Oral herpes
  • Oral cancer

The conditions mentioned above are some common causes of this symptom. Consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for spots on throat?

There are many risk factors for this symptom, such as:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Young children or older people are at a higher risk.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Being in close quarters

Please consult with your doctor for further information.

When to see your doctor

When should I see my doctor?

You should contact your doctor if you or your loved one has any of the following:

  • Spots on throat that don’t a go away after a few days
  • Severely sore throat
  • Signs of infection such as fever, swelling, fatigue, etc.

On noticing one of these symptoms or having any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor to get the best solutions for your situation.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage spots on throat?

These following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with spots on throat:

  • Practice good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth and gums after every meal and consider using a tongue scraper and antibacterial mouthwash. Here’s everything you need to know about dental hygiene basics.
  • Limit or avoid dairy and sugar. Dairy products and sugar both trigger mucus production and support Candida overgrowth.
  • Consider food allergies. Avoid foods that trigger any allergies you may have. You might have an undiagnosed food allergy that’s triggering the bumps in the back of your throat, too.
  • Stay hydrated. Proper hydration is a key component of good health. See how much water you should actually drink.
  • Use a saltwater gargle. Gargling with salt water can help address throat bumps, other irritations, and infections. Spit it out after gargling. Continue using daily until the bumps go away.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor for the best solutions.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Review Date: December 20, 2018 | Last Modified: December 20, 2018

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