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A 22-year-old female asked:

What does it meanwhen my throat is closing making it hard to breath and for some reason my ears are hurting making this muffled.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Emergency!: If you are having trouble breathing it can quickly become life threatening. Get to er now while you still can.
Dr. Geraldine Darroca
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
This is urgent.: There are multiple reasons for throat swelling and difficulty breathing. This is an urgent and possibly life threatening symptom. You need to be evaluated immediately. Some causes can be an infection like strep pharyngitis, infectious mononucleosis or this can be an allergic reaction. Please be evaluated as soon as possible.

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