I am a 28-year old female. Not smoking, not drinking.
A few days ago I gave a 1h30 presentation (I was talking for a long time) and in the next few hours I started experiencing a sore throat - not exactly pain, more like a dry throat, scratchy feeling. It was getting annoying so I just thought I'd take a look in the mirror, by lighting a small flashlight towards my throat. My throat wasn't excessively red, only a few red capillaries scattered across the soft palate. But then I noticed a few bumps above my uvula that got me worried. They are between 1 and 2mm in diameter (see photo) located on both sides of the symmetry line of the soft palate. I tried running my finger over them but they don't hurt.
I don't have any difficulties swallowing.
Also, if I look really closely at my soft palate, from a certain angle, I can see other, even smaller bumps (pinprick size) above these ones, between the uvula and the hard palate.
Any idea what they are? Are they normal? I always thought the soft palate mucosa should be smooth. I might have had these for a long time, but just didn't realize as this was the first time I checked out my throat in the mirror.
I will see an ENT dr in a few weeks after I go back home (traveling for work right now).