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Why is it recommended to avoid spicy food while treating a sore throat?

Why is it recommended to avoid spicy food while treating a sore throat?

By whom?: Spicy food will sting the throat more during inflammation, but it will not alter the course of infection.

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Dear doctor I have been having painful throat for a week now. So far I thought it is normal sore throat and so was doing some home remedies but yesterday it aggravated especially after eating spicy food (which I normally eat). In addition to painful swal

Dear doctor I have been having painful throat for a week now. So far I thought it is normal sore throat and so was doing some home remedies but yesterday it aggravated especially after eating spicy food (which I normally eat). In addition to painful swal

Get seen: The most common cause for new sore throat is a viral infection, but worsening after a week may be concerning. You should have the throat examined as you may need an appropriate medication. Casein in food will exacerbate pain from inflammation from any cause and fits with your overall story.

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I have one white bump on the top of my right tonsil. No sore throat. Right ear is irritated and burns when I eat spicy food such as salsa.

I have one white bump on the top of my right tonsil. No sore throat. Right ear is irritated and burns when I eat spicy food such as salsa.

Throat: Likely adenovirus, possibly allergic process. If no symptoms and you can eat salsa fluids and ibuprofen enough. If fever, fatigue or persistent problem get checked.

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How do I stop a sore throat after choking on food?

How do I stop a sore throat after choking on food?

Take it easy: Best plan is to take it easy with foods until your throat recovers. You can have soft foods and/or liquids like soup -- making sure the temperature is tolerable. Unless you have severely damaged your throat, its mucosal lining should heal fairly quickly (within days). In the meantime, advil or aleve (naproxen) may help. Salt water gargles (don't swallow!); warm herbal teas. Stay hydrated.

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Iv had a sore throat with cold symptems. But IV been craving spicey hot foods....why?

Iv had a sore throat with cold symptems. But IV been craving spicey hot foods....why?

You enjoy: "hot stuff"?? Actually hot peppers and spices can be used for pain relief. You brain can only interpret one pain at a time. Sure try some hot sauce.

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Toddler afraid to eat hard food only eating soft foods what could be going on no sore throat or anything?

Toddler afraid to eat hard food only eating soft foods what could be going on no sore throat or anything?

Teething or other: Food refusal is common in toddlers. Teething, new textures, new smells can influence food choice. Excessive fluid intake will curb appetite. Uncommonly, issues like oral-motor development needed for chewing or reflux can cause food refusal. See your doctor if child loses or stops going weight.

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Oily foods no-no for sore throat why?

Oily foods no-no for sore throat why?

Sore throat: As far as sore throats go, I would advise softer, easier to swallow foods. I don't think it matters whether the food is oily or not.

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I have a sore throat. Wil oily food make it worse?

I have a sore throat. Wil oily food make it worse?

Doubtful: Although some health food sites suggest that fatty foods may inhibit your immune system, even if this were remotely accurate it should not hurt your sore throat.

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Help please! What drinks and foods help a sore throat?

Help please! What drinks and foods help a sore throat?

Ginger tea: Boil freshly sliced, peeled ginger root in water until the tea is tan. Add 3 tbsp of honey. Sip to help relieve sore throat pain.

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Do I need to avoid spicy foods when I have sore throat?

Do I need to avoid spicy foods when I have sore throat?

It may be helpful: Spicy foods may burn your throat on direct contact or it may stimulate an increase in gastric acid reflux. This reflux may also worsen your sore throat.

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Does fermented food leads to acid reflux and sore throat?

Does fermented food leads to acid reflux and sore throat?

No: Acid reflux is physiologic. In other words, it's normal. However, it becomes pathologic when it bothers you. Fermented food doesn't cause acid reflux any more than non-fermented food. However, "bad" acid reflux allows acid to get high enough back up esophagus to cause sore throat. Antacids (calcium carbonate), H2 blockers & proton pump inhibitors help. Stay upright after small meals.

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I have had laryngitis and very sore throat for over 3 weeks. Now I am starting to get "choked" on food and drinks. Are these related/what can I do?

Family practice: You may have acid reflux. You may have some scaring of your esophagus from it. See your dr for treatment and possibly see a GI specialist to take a look down your throat.

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What makes spicy foods sore on tongue and sore throat?

What makes spicy foods sore on tongue and sore throat?

Nerve endings: The taste bids on the tongue have receptors and nerve endings. The spicy foods contain a chemical called capsaicin and this will stimulate the nerve endings and sends a pain signal to the brain. These sensory nerve endings are located all over your mouth and body. Hope this answers your question.

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What foods should I eat while having a hoarse voice/ sore throat?

What foods should I eat while having a hoarse voice/ sore throat?

What you like/See MD: Foods will not alter the course of sore throat. You may wish to see your doctor to make sure that you do not have a bacterial infection that could be treated with antibiotics, and prevent other complications that may occur with strep throat infection.

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What will help a sore throat after I got food poisoning?

Sore throat?: It depends if u have infection u need. Antibiotic, therefore it may be better to see u pcp.

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