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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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I feel some allergen is causing swollen airways(chest tightness).How to manage it with OTC meds or other remedies, until I see my allergist?

I feel some allergen is causing swollen airways(chest tightness).How to manage it with OTC meds or other remedies, until I see my allergist?

Call your allergist: If you are having bothersome symptoms, just call the office - they will get you in right away, or tell you what you can do. If you already have a diagnosis of asthma, use your rescue inhaler. If you don't have one, hot, caffeinated beverages often have a mild effect to relieve chest tightness. But call your allergist - particularly if breathing problems are a new symptom for you,they'll get you in ...Read more

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Lil excertion . shoveling, housework. i sweat, i get dizzy, i get tightness in airways tired, lightheadad an heart races why?

Lil excertion .  shoveling, housework. i sweat, i get dizzy, i get tightness in airways tired, lightheadad an heart races    why?

Exertion symptoms: given your age and history the first concern would be cardiac disorder, this needs immediate evaluation and probable treatment. ...Read more

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Lately i've had trouble breathing while I sleep. I wake up several times because of it, wheezing and my airway feels tight. Better when i'm standing.?

Lately i've had trouble breathing while I sleep. I wake up several times because of it, wheezing and my airway feels tight. Better when i'm standing.?

Orthopnea: This may be an indication of a serious cardiac or pulmonary condition like congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, or even liver disease/congestion. You should have this evaluated by your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Constant throat tightness, swallowing issues, & feeling airways are blocked for years. Getting worse. Will my Upper GI figure out what's wrong?Scared.

Constant throat tightness, swallowing issues, & feeling airways are blocked for years. Getting worse. Will my Upper GI figure out what's wrong?Scared.

May show LERD: Exposure of vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. UGI may also reveal other issues--an okay first step in your work-up. ...Read more

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If I swallow my throat becomes very tight, but if I don't I become dizzy, mucus blocks my airways block from mucus and I cannot take a full breath in.

If I swallow my throat becomes very tight, but if I don't I become dizzy, mucus blocks my airways block from mucus and I cannot take a full breath in.

Low oxygen: You need to see an ear, nose & throat physician. I think you may have a lot of post nasal mucus that is blocking your airway. Do you have allergies? ...Read more

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What causes tightness in the throat?

What causes tightness in the throat?

Many things: Throat tightness is nonspecific and to be helpful, a physician will need to know more about triggers, duration of symptom, associated symptoms, more about your medical history, etc. Some common triggers are anxiety, nerve problems, vocal cord problems, tightening/spasm/injury to the esophagus, reflux, allergy, asthma, infection, medication side effect and more. ...Read more

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Why would airways tighten because of anxiety?

Why would airways tighten because of anxiety?

All skeletal muscle: contracts=tightens under stress/ the fight or flight response. Laryngeal (voice box) muscles can be very sensitive to this and when they do, unfortunately they start to close the airway from spasming. Worse than humans are dogs e.g. gasping from excitability. This is why runners coaches always preach to run relaxed to keep a patent (open as much as possible) airway. Take care. ...Read more

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What could be causing my throat to feel tight?

What could be causing my throat to feel tight?

Throat tightness: Hello. One of the most common causes of this sensation would be reflux. This could be sensed as heartburn or totally silent where you may not have any reflux symptoms at all. Post nasal drainage from allergies or another form of rhinitis could be to blame as well. See your ENT physician who can look in the back of your throat itch a scope. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Throat tightness ?

Throat tightness ?

Many options: If it is of recent onset and associated to swelling of soft palate, or lips, tongue or difficulty to breath may be an emergency. Otherwise many things may cause it: dry throat, elderly ( presbyesophagus), webs in the esophagus, gerd or reflux, stenosis from cancer , achalasia or pseudo achalasia, or something acute like pharyngitis x virus or strept throat. Even neurosis or anxiety may cause it. ...Read more

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I feel tightness in my throat and ringing in my ears?

I feel tightness in my throat and ringing in my ears?

Tinnitus : Do You have fever? Do you have runny nose, runny eyes, congestion?
I would think you might have Allergic Rhinitis.
If you have fever see a doctor ASAP.

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Feeling tightness in throat and chest?

Feeling tightness in throat and chest?

Depends: Chest tightness can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as esophageal spasms, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, infections), and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have persistent tightness in my throat?

What should I do if I have persistent tightness in my throat?

See your physician: It might not be anything, but it could be sore throat or an allergic reaction. Get checked out. You'll be able to stop worrying about it too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have tightness in throat while eating, how can I treat this?

I have tightness in throat while eating, how can I treat this?

Tightness: Drink warm fluids, e.g. tea. Avoid chilled fluids. Slow down if you are fast eater. if symptoms persist, bet to see ENT. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for tight throat?

See your doctor.: You have to find out what's causing it. You should see your doctor right away because this could signal heart disease. ...Read more

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My throat feels tight and scratchy. Not hoarse though. Whassup?

My throat feels tight and scratchy. Not hoarse though. Whassup?

Tight throat: Could due to several conditions. More worrisone would be anaphylaxis which could be life threatening. If you started a new medication, seek medical help immediately. ...Read more

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Can poking down your throat make your throat feel tight?

Can poking down your throat make your throat feel tight?

Traumatic edema: Edema from finger trauma can cause swelling and temporary stricture of the throat. ...Read more

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What can cause tightness in the chest and throat?

What can cause tightness in the chest and throat?

Stress or anxiety: It can mimic heart disease. Try and learn self relaxation techniques, like meditation or self hypnosis. Exercise regularly and avoid stimulants. Get your sleep and eat small frequent meals. Some people get anxiety reactions from certain foods and additives like msg. Your doctor might prescribe an "emergency pill" for anxiety like Propranolol or xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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My throat feels tight and achy and its swollen what is it?

My throat feels tight and achy and its swollen what is it?

Infection?: May have an infection. With pain and swelling suggest you see your otlaryngologist. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i get tightness or tenseness in my throat?

What do you suggest if i get tightness or tenseness in my throat?

Need diagnosis: In the absence of pain or difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), the tightness in the throat may be muscle tension secondary to anxiety. I know that this sounds like a leap of faith but the symptoms without any other complaint need a diagnosis. See an ENT doctor for an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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The bottom of my throat feels tight and swollen, what could it be?

See a doctor: Without being able to examine you there is no way to diagnose. This may be dangerous, and if any suggestion of its interfering with your breathing you should see a professional right away. Hope you are better soon.. ...Read more

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Why does it feel like there is sumfin stuck in my throat? Like a tight feeling?

Tight feeling throat: Do you have a cough, fever, chills or a cold. In that case it could be an infection. Of you ate something that did not agree with you it could be an allergy. If it is associated with acid taste in the mouth or heartburn, it could be reflux. Sometimes, reflux causes a tight throat and you do not even have a symptom other than the tight throat. This is the glottis closure & cricopharyngeal reflex. ...Read more

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I have a tight cheat and throat also feels like something is stuck in my throat. Idk what it is! ?

I have a tight cheat and throat also feels like something is stuck in my throat. Idk what it is! ?

Tight chest: If you are having a hard time breathing I would go to an ER. Many times allergies cause tightness in the chest and an increase in drainage in the throat which result in throat sensation. Heartburn can as well. See a doctor. ...Read more