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Your Red Spots in the Mouth May Also be Known as:
Dots in throat
Patches in throat
Red spots in my mouth
Red spots on my throat
Red spots on the back of my throat
Red spots on the roof of my mouth
Specks in throat
Spots in throat

Top 4 Red Spots in the Mouth Causes

  1. 1.Viral Throat Infection

    Viral pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx, the part of the throat between the nasal cavity and mouth, which causes throat pain.

    Antibiotics are not useful for viral infections. You can gargle with salt water and use over the counter pain medication like Tylenol to treat your painful or sore throat.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, cough, congestion, fever, hoarse voice
    Symptoms that always occur with viral throat infection:
    sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with viral throat infection:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Strep Throat Needing Antibiotics

    Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that can make your throat feel sore and scratchy. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made via a "rapid antigen test" (it's a throat swab).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, fatigue, nausea, sore throat, muscle aches
    Symptoms that always occur with strep throat needing antibiotics:
    fever, pain with swallowing, sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with strep throat needing antibiotics:
    general weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab

    Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that can make the throat feel sore and scratchy. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat. And, if you do not show enough signs of a true strep throat, testing may be needed before treatment is begun.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made via a "rapid antigen test" (it's a throat swab). Treatment with simple antibiotics would be given only if the test is positive. It is important to get treatment, however, because of the possibility of getting a disease called "rheumatic fever" after the strep throat infection.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, sore throat, fever, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with strep throat requiring throat swab:
    sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with strep throat requiring throat swab:
    general weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

    Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells. This disease most commonly affects children between the ages of 2-5 years, and is a much more rare disease in adults. People with this disease get sick very rapidly. First, they feel fatigue and dizziness, and eventually the disease leads to bone marrow failure.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will be able to coordinate your care with a cancer specialist (oncologist). The oncologist will confirm the diagnosis with blood tests. ALL is a serious condition that is usually treated with aggressive chemotherapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue
    Symptoms that never occur with acute lymphoblastic leukemia:
    inflamed throat
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Red Spots in the Mouth

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?

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Red Spots in the Mouth Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced red spots in the mouth have also experienced:

    • 15% Sore Throat
    • 4% Cough
    • 4% Fever
  • People who have experienced red spots in the mouth were most often matched with:

    • 17% Viral Throat Infection
    • 17% Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab

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