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Multiple ways : Stomach juice in the throat can lead to irritation and inflammation. This in turn can cause a variety of symptoms from excessive mucous (the feeling of post nasal drip) to hoarseness, throat clearing, feeling of a lump in the throat, swallowing difficulty, pain and even in rare cases - cancer. It is important to be treated. Throat reflux is harder to treat than heartburn requiring changes in diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Occasionally: Sometimes if the tonsils are very swollen and infected the patient can get what is known as the "hot potato voice". It means that their speech is muffled and distorted. In which case they may actually have an abcess of the tonsil. In my experience most people with strep just have a normal voice, but with a sore throat. Hoarseness is more common with croup and laryngitis. ...Read more
It Can: One of the classic signs of strep throat is small pus-filled blisters in the throat. Not only do these blisters sometimes smell bad, but it's also difficult to keep that area clean when it's sore and raw. In fact, keeping your mouth and teeth clean when you have a sore throat is also quite difficult and uncomfortable, so there's another potential cause of bad breath. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It sure can...: Palatine tonsillar enlargement can affect speech, giving it a 'nasal' quality. It is believed that this is secondary to velopharyngeal incompetence. The velopharyngeal mechanism is responsible for directing the transmission of sound energy and air pressure in both the oral cavity and the nasal cavity. When this mechanism is impaired, 'velopharyngeal inadequacy' can develop. ...Read more
No: The ear infection is in a separate compartment and does not trigger such added problems.However, ear infections seldom occur alone. They are often a secondary event triggered when an upper respiratory infection causes the type of problems you list. The URI is the starting point, although the timing can be confusing. ...Read more
Yes: The bacteria or virus that affect your sinuses could affect your throat. Also, your nose produces a liter of post-nasal drainage a day in its attempts to cleans the air we breathe, preparing it for the lungs, by the sweeping mechanism of the cilia of the nasal lining. The cilia sweep the secretions back to the throat so your throat can get irritated, causing trouble swallowing. ...Read more
Yes: Clearing of the throat by habit or a feeling of mucus or reflux of acid can permanently damage the surface of the true vocal folds. When you continuously clear your throat you are essentially banging the vocal folds against each other. Eventually you may develop a vocal fold nodule, ulcer, bleed into the fold. You need to find out why you are clearing your throat so often. ...Read more
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