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Left side of throat hurts when swallows, talk, and laugh. What could this be? Should i be concerned?

Left side of throat hurts when swallows, talk, and laugh. What could this be? Should i be concerned?

Probably not: 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. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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

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

Need to determine : 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. ...Read more

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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...

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: 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. ...Read more

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I just got over a real bad cold and cough and im not coughing anymore but the left side of my throat hurts and it also hurts to swallow ?

I just got over a real bad cold and cough and im not coughing anymore but the left side of my throat hurts and it also hurts to swallow ?

See your doctor: If there is persistent pain in your throat and pain with swallowing, see your doctor. If she can't take care of it, you may need to see an ENT doctor. Your problem can't be diagnosed without an examination. Other conditions, such as a peritonsillar abscess, will need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Sore throat (neck area) hurts to swallow plus cough. Neck glands bigger on left side but right side is sore. How is that possible?

Sore throat (neck area) hurts to swallow plus cough. Neck glands bigger on left side but right side is sore. How is that possible?

Pharyngitis/tonsilli: When you have infection in the tonsils or pharynx it is not uncommon to have lymph nodes in the neck. These nodes do not have to be the same size or consistency on both sides. ...Read more

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Sore throat/ear/jaw left side only. Hurts all 3 when swallowing. Possible causes?

Sore throat/ear/jaw left side only. Hurts all 3 when swallowing. Possible causes?

Acute Pharyngitis: Those are symptoms of acute pharyngitis/tonsilitis. The cause may be viral or bacterial. It is important to do a strep test as medication is required if positive. ...Read more

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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?

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?: 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? ...Read more

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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.

I : 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). ...Read more

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