What Are Throat Blisters?

Throat blisters

Often many suffer from the throat blisters. Knowing about the ailment in detail helps one to prevent it and cure it.


  • Throat blisters are painful inflammations that occur on the soft mucous membranes, which are the lining on the throat’s insides
  • When the blisters break open, pus is sent out, this results in severe pain in the throat and can also cause mouth ulcers
  • The symptoms are fever, sore throat and other sickness symptoms are also found in the people affected by the throat blisters
  • The causes of the throat blisters are cold, flu, viral infections, a few inflammatory diseases and other medical conditions.
  • The doctors examine the blisters to identify the cause for the outbreak of the throat blisters


The treatment for throat blister is given based on the cause:

  • If viral infections, cold, flu, chicken pox are the reasons for the throat blisters, then the medical treatment focuses only on the pain relief
  • When herpes simplex virus is involved, the antiviral drugs are prescribed by the doctors
  • Strep throat is the very common bacterial cause for throat blisters, antibiotics are given to the patients in such cases
  • An yeast infection called oral thrush can also lead to throat infections and blisters, anti fungal medications are given to the patients when such cases are diagnosed

Medications For Throat Blisters:

Many try to take common pain relievers for the throat blisters; this is to be avoided, as these medications may worsen the situation. You can instead try the medicated mouthwashes and oral sprays to get relief. While a few can be got over the counter, a few medications and sprays require the prescription of a doctor.

Home Remedies:

There are time tested home remedies for many of the illness. There are home remedies for this case too:

  • Consume hot soup or tea. This soothes the throat
  • Use an air humidifier in the room you stay or sleep. Dry air can worsen the situation
  • Gargle frequently with a solution of regular salt with 250 ml of water. Gargling with warm water gives better result.
  • Rest yourself from strain and grab a day’s leave from work
  • Stay away from cold water and ice-creams and avoid consuming anything cold.

How to Avoid:

You can avoid throat blisters and reduce the chances of getting infected through various ways:

  • Keep away from all the viral and the bacterial infections.
  • Keep your hands clean. Clean the hands with soap, water and disinfectant to keep it hygienic.
  • Avoid contact with people who have sore throat, cold and flu

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad