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Hi,

I had a binge-eating and vomiting habit for about a year now. 8 weeks ago my throat started hurting but I ignored it, thinking it is stress. Last week I went to see a doctor because the throat sore is getting worse. The doctor took a look and said it is some sort of throat erosion. I took a tongue depressor and a flash light and took a look myself and saw an ulcer/canker sore wound on the junction of my palatine tonsil and the base of my tongue. The lesion is pretty BIG, about 1.5cm long and 0.5 wide and it hurts. I will never ever go back to my binge-eating and vomiting habit again because I have learned my lesson. It now hurts to drink water, eat and even breath sometimes. I was referred to an EMT specialist but living in Canada, my appointment is in August. I cannot wait that long because my throat really hurts. I wonder if a lesion that size will eventually heal on it own, or if I need other kinds of interventions? Also, is there anything I can do to speed up the healing proce


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replied April 11th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A11199
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the throat erosion due to the chronic vomiting associated with binge eating and vomiting probably which hurts so much that it is difficult to drink water or even breathe sometimes.
Oral ulcerations develop in repeated vomiting due to the trauma associated with repeated vomitings and exposure of oral mucosa to irritants like stomach acids. The best course for you is to stop the further trauma to the throat due to stomach acids and wait for the natural healing which usually take at the most two weeks. In case of persistent, non-healing erosion, it should be seriously investigated for herpes, AIDS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, tuberculosis, etc. Mind you if the irritant exposure continues the healing may get prolonged. Vitamins, minerals and zinc are always prescribed for having good nutritional status to have better healing.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.



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