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Fever, ear and throat pain, headache, hard and painful to swallow and yawn?

Fever, ear and throat pain, headache, hard and painful to swallow and yawn?

Med eval: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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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Lower throat pain when swallowing. On and off for over a week. No other symptoms. What could it be?

Lower throat pain when swallowing. On and off for over a week. No other symptoms. What could it be?

Thyroid..: Can be inflammation of your thyroid......take two aspirin pills...if it clears it...get your thyroid checked....for solution. ...Read more

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Throat pain when swallowing after endoscopy. Normal?

Throat pain when swallowing after endoscopy. Normal?

Post procedure: Yes, it would be relatively normal to have a sore throat with swallowing after an endoscopy. This should resolve in 2-3 days. If it persists or worsens beyond 7 to 10 days, then you should contact the Doctor who did the procedure for his or her opinion. ...Read more

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Sore throat worsening for a few days with postnasal drip. Throat pain when swallowing (very bad in morning). Cough on & off. Congested. Ideas?

Sore throat worsening for a few days with postnasal drip. Throat pain when swallowing (very bad in morning). Cough on & off. Congested. Ideas?

A cold?: If this has been present for just a few days, it is likely from a viral infection If it lingers on beyond 10 days, then I would suspect a sinus infection. See doctor if getting worse. ...Read more

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45 male. Never smoked. Right sided throat pain when swallowing for about 4 weeks. Strep negative. No fever. Does feel like post nasal drip. MD?

45 male. Never smoked. Right sided throat pain when swallowing for about 4 weeks. Strep negative. No fever. Does feel like post nasal drip. MD?

LPR: Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic sore throat, lump in the the throat, post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, and throat clearing. Many studies show it responds best to proton pump inhibitor rx, like Nexium, Prilosec, or Aciphex (rabeprazole). See an ENT to evaliateKklk ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, pain when swallowing, nausea (severity: moderate) and one yellow ball of pus possibly? On left tonsil

I am experiencing sore throat, pain when swallowing, nausea (severity: moderate) and one yellow ball of pus possibly? On left tonsil

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, pain when swallowing, nasal congestion (stuffiness) and thick saliva or mucus. Hoarse voice for about a week now.?

I am experiencing sore throat, pain when swallowing, nasal congestion (stuffiness) and thick saliva or mucus. Hoarse voice for about a week now.?

Sore throat: Hello and welcome to HeathTap,

If you would not mind sharing a little more information.

Do you have sinus pain and pressure (areas around the nose and in between eyebrows or forehead)? fever, chills, sick contacts, sores, ulcers in the mouth or throat? Bumps or lumps in the neck? Any hearing difficulties? Postnasal drop?

Sorry to ask so many questions, any answers would be very helpful

Thanks ...Read more

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I am experiencing sudden urge to urinate, genital sores, vaginal pain, vaginal blister, sore throat, pain when swallowing and enlarged or tender l...

I am experiencing sudden urge to urinate, genital sores, vaginal pain, vaginal blister, sore throat, pain when swallowing and enlarged or tender l...

Needs prompt eval: Genital sores, vaginal pain and blisters is highly concerning for herpes. If this is accompanied by systemic symptoms such as enlarged and tender lymph nodes this is highly concerning as it may indicate more severe infection. Please see a doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Suffering with throat pain on the outside. No pain when swallowing etc during the day, but sore at night when swallowing.

Suffering with throat pain on the outside. No pain when swallowing etc during the day, but sore at night when swallowing.

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Pain when swallowing, tender to touch front of neck (I think around thyroid gland) should I see a dr or is it just sore throat?

Pain when swallowing, tender to touch front of neck (I think around thyroid gland) should I see a dr or is it just sore throat?

Yes: You should see a doctor if you're having sore throat and the other symptoms you described, as it could be from a strep infection, which would require antibiotics. It may be viral as well, but without an exam and possible testing, there's no way to know for sure. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat. The following also describe me: Difficulty swallowing, Cough, Pain when swallowing, and Headache. What should I do?

I am experiencing sore throat. The following also describe me: Difficulty swallowing, Cough, Pain when swallowing, and Headache. What should I do?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat. The following also describes me: Pain when swallowing. I have my tonsils out and I don't have a fever or cold symptom?

I am experiencing sore throat. The following also describes me: Pain when swallowing. I have my tonsils out and I don't have a fever or cold symptom?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a sore throat, hoarse voice and pain when swallowing. The following also describe me: I have holes in my tonsils and it looks like someone carved into them.?

I am experiencing a sore throat, hoarse voice and pain when swallowing. The following also describe me: I have holes in my tonsils and it looks like someone carved into them.?

Tonsilitis: This should checked and your throat cultured. There ae several possibilities from viral infection to bacterial and strep commonly as well. There is no mention of a fever but in any event get this checked and treated if required. ...Read more

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I am feeling very sick. Ah, sore throat, TERRIBLE pain when swallowing, ear is plugged, hurts, coughing. What's wrong with me?

I am feeling very sick. Ah, sore throat, TERRIBLE pain when swallowing, ear is plugged, hurts, coughing. What's wrong with me?

See a doctor: It sounds like you have some type of upper respiratory tract infection - given the severity of your symptoms, you need to be evaluated by a physician. Antibiotics may be warranted for treatment of a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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My daughter, at the age of 11, is having severe chest pains, pain when swallowing, pain when burping, a sore throat, and a cough. Please help. ?

My daughter, at the age of 11, is having severe chest pains, pain when swallowing, pain when burping, a sore throat, and a cough. Please help. ?

Swallowing tube: At her age this is classic for acid reflux irritation of her swallowing tube. Pain is usually just left of the mid chest & sometimes worse with pressure over the left upper abdomen. Tums might provide brief help. Avoid caffeine, carbonation and laying down within an hour of feeding. Set up a visit with her doc to go over the issue. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my sore throat, cough, pain when swallowing food, and ear ache?

Sounds like a virus: Time, rest, fluids, and patience will generally resolve thtese symptoms. If they persist, then it might be worth a visit to your doctor, but these are both incredibly common and entirely self-limited. Treat pain with Acetaminophen or motrin, and try some warm tea for soothing your sore thorat. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, spots on throat and difficulty swallowing. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Swollen tonsils, E...

I am experiencing sore throat, spots on throat and difficulty swallowing. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Swollen tonsils, E...

Viral vs. Other: The most likely problem you have is a viral upper respiratory illness with pharyngitis (sore throat). It should resolve in 7-10 days If not and it persists, see your PCP for a referral to an ENT MD> ...Read more

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I've sore throat, mucus, slight ear pain when swallowing mucus. No trouble swallowing. Used to smoke 1-2 cigs/day for 2.5 yr. Do I have cancer?

I've sore throat, mucus, slight ear pain when swallowing mucus. No trouble swallowing. Used to smoke 1-2 cigs/day for 2.5 yr. Do I have cancer?

Unlikely: Your young age and a short stint of smoking makes it unlikely. However, there is an increasing rate of head and neck cancer in young people related to human papilloma viruses probably related to oral sex. See an ENT doctor for complete examination. ...Read more

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I am experiencing bloody nose, throat swelling, difficulty swallowing, neck pain, pain when swallowing and sore throat. The following also describ...

I am experiencing bloody nose, throat swelling, difficulty swallowing, neck pain, pain when swallowing and sore throat. The following also describ...

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: red), sore throat and swollen throat. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Difficulty swallowing, and Neck pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: red), sore throat and swollen throat. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Difficulty swallowing, and Neck pain. What should I do?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: red). The following also describe me: Sore throat, Fever, Runny nose, and Pain when swallowing. What. ..

I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: red). The following also describe me: Sore throat, Fever, Runny nose, and Pain when swallowing. What. ..

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat headache throbbing sensation fever pain when swallowing. Doc said its Pharyngitis gave me Azithromycin but its worst now?

I am experiencing sore throat headache throbbing sensation fever pain when swallowing. Doc said its Pharyngitis gave me Azithromycin but its worst now?

Probably viral: Pharyngitis usually is a viral infection, and viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Your doctor probably prescribed azithromycin in case it's strep, but if not, it's not surprising your symptoms are continuing and even getting worse. Check back with your doctor, but probably you'll just have to wait it out. Aspirin or ibuprofen (or related meds) may help control pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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