A sore throat is usually due to acute tonsillitis or acute pharyngitis. On occasions acid reflux is the primary cause.
Acute tonsillitis affects mainly the sides of the throat and can be caused by viruses and/or bacteria. There is fever, halitosis, pain on swallowing, enlarged red inflamed tonsils with exudates, tender swollen neck glands and the patient feels generally sick and unwell. Acute pharyngitis, which affects the centre of the back of the throat as well as the sides, is usually caused by a virus. It tends to give milder symptoms and typically results in a URTI with nasal irritation and congestion. Glandular fever caused by the Epstein Barr virus is an exception, however, and causes symptoms like very severe tonsillitis.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.