left side of throat hurts to swallow

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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

LEFT SIDE OF THROAT HURTS WHEN SWALLOWS, TALK, AND LAUGH. WHAT COULD THIS BE? SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?

Probably not

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But without an exam and testing for Grp A Strep there is no way in which to tell over the internet. See a doctor if it keeps up. Good luck.
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Dr. Malina Milan answered:

Left side of throat hurts when swallow for a couple of days, now my left ear and throat hurts when swallowing. ?

Pharyngitis

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You could have pharyngitis which can cause referred pain to your ear. I recommend you see a doctor to make sure you don't have strep throat which would require an antibiotic. Good luck!
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

My left ear and left side of my throat hurts when I swallow. What can I do to cure myself?

Need to determine

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the cause of these symptoms. If gargling with warm salt water does not relieve the symptoms, you should see a doctor to exclude an infection that may require antibiotic treatment.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz answered:

Hi, the left side of my throat hurts bad everytime I swallow or tilt my head too much This is from a punch I got earlier today to my face...

Be seen

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Most likely a result of the punch...homeopathic ARNICA can be very helpful. I f the pain is getting worse or you are having increasing problems swallowing you need to be seen.
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Dr. Dave Burns answered:

2 days ago, I have left side earache that pain is so muchand left side of my throat hurts every time I swallow. My tooth started hurting today. Help!

Abscess tooth

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Call your dentist and rule out an abscess of your teeth as it causes swelling in the lymph nodes and causes a shift in your bite which affects your ear.
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Extreme pain and choking sensation on left side of throat. What should I do? Swallowing is painful and next to impossible. Feels like a classic sore throat but x100 and only on the left side of throat. It feels swollen and like someone is choking me with

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Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. But your description makes me wonder about a possible peritonsilar abcess. I know you are concerned by the cost of an Emergency Room. However, if this is a peritonsilar abcess it could be life threatening.
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Left-side sore throat for > 1 yr. Pain varies from gone to moderate. Doesn't hurt to swallow. Seen 3 ENTs & GI. Nose / throat scoped 2x, upper GI scope & 2 MRIs 3 mos apart - no diagnosis. Any ideas?

Tonsils?

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Do you still have your tonsils? While they must have looked "normal" during scope I wonder if removal may help. Do certain foods exacerbate? Unilateral problem leads me to believe that it is a local problem as oppossed to a systemic problem. Nerve issue may be at play? Do pain meds alleviate the symptoms when they occur?
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Extreme pain in my throat (left side) Whenever I swallow anything it feels as though I'm swallowing glass. I know it isn't a sore throat. It only hurts on one side and especially when I swallow liquids.

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I cannot tell you the cause of your pain. If you look back in your throat, or have someone else do this for you, and there is significant swelling on the the left side of your throat/ left tonsil and it looks like it is dripping pus or contains pus, that could be problematic. If that were the case, you would need to be promptly evaluated to ensure that you did not have a peritonsillar abscess (a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsil or the nearby tissues in the throat).
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I'm having pain on left side of my neck And a red lump on my left tonsil difficulty swallowing headache, and sore throat what is it?

Infected tonsil

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This could be a simple viral infection but if the pain and tonsillar inflammation worsens an exam by your MD along with a throat culture is recommended. With only 1 tonsil involved, entities such as a herpes infection or early tonsillar abscess are possibilities.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

i have a sore throat on only my left side. I also sometimes have difficulty swallowing to the point it can be difficult to breathe. Any thoughts?

Contact Dr. or E.R.

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A person with throat symptoms of difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing must be seen by a doctor right away. There may be an abscess under the tonsils or behind them at the back of the throat. Sometimes, a person will quickly block off airflow (from sudden enlargement of the abscesses) and suffocate to death. If symptoms are very worrisome, one should call 911 for an ambulance.
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