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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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I have occasional sore throat, especially in the morning and pain at bottom of rib cage, but i don't have indigestion, could this be acid reflux?

I have occasional sore throat, especially in the morning and pain at bottom of rib cage, but i don't have indigestion, could this be acid reflux?

Early morning : Sore throat associated with acid taste at your mouth and heartburn is associated with gerd. Allergies can give you early am sore throat. Rib cage pain is different. If painful during palpation you may have a costochondritis or chest wall pain due to heavy lifting exercise. If you have gerd you need to quit drinking. See a physician for good history or physical. ...Read more

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Under my rib cage looks swollen on my left side. I have symptoms of mono but no sore throat or fever. Going for CT scan tomorrow. Anything i can take?

Under my rib cage looks swollen on my left side. I have symptoms of mono but no sore throat or fever. Going for CT scan tomorrow. Anything i can take?

Mono: If you have mono then it can cause an enlarged spleen. There is no cure for mono. It just has to run its course. If you do have an enlarged spleen then it is important to avoid certain activities that can cause splenic injury since it would be fragile. Things like contact sports. ...Read more

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I have sore throat pain in my chest and shoulder blades?

I have sore throat pain in my chest and shoulder blades?

Might by heartburn: Sometimes acid reflux from the stomach can present like this. However, it can also be a sign of a more serious condition. I would either see your doctor or try a short course (1-2 weeks) of antacid therapy and if no better than see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've got a sore throat that i think has made the back of my neck hurt plus i'm having sharp deep like pains at top of chest closer to my shoulder.

I've got a sore throat that i think has made the back of my neck hurt plus i'm having sharp deep like pains at top of chest closer to my shoulder.

See a doctor ASAP: There is a potential for this to be extremely severe. It may involve the potential spaces between muscle groups in your neck and can obstruct your breathing. Go and get seen and hope this turns out to be benign. ...Read more

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Sharp chest pain right side. Cough, sore throat, & stuffy nose last 10 days. Negative strep & chest xray. What's causing chest pain? Lungs? Ribs?

Sharp chest pain right side. Cough, sore throat, & stuffy nose last 10 days. Negative strep & chest xray. What's causing chest pain? Lungs? Ribs?

Pleurisy: A condition called pleuritis or pleurisy is inflammation of the pleura (lining between the lung and the chest wall). This pain can be more one-sided and not seen on chest x-ray. It can be quite painful and worse with taking deep breaths as the lining rubs together. This can follow a respiratory infection. Anti-inflammatory medication can help relieve the pain, but sometimes it takes a while. ...Read more

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Sore throat when Forcefully exhale you can hear like a noise in my chest?

Sore throat when Forcefully exhale you can hear like a noise in my chest?

Get examined: and tested for strep infection- cannot be diagnosed online: call for an appointment today! ...Read more

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Mild sore throat and chest congestion for 2 weeks, what should I do?

Mild sore throat and chest congestion for 2 weeks, what should I do?

Needs evaluation: Sore throat and chest congestion persisting fopr two weeks needs to be evaluated by your primary care doctor.Most of viral upper respiratory infections get better in about a week, and if symptoms lasting more than two weeks, you need to be checked to see if there is something more than common uri. ...Read more

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What can you recommend for Infants with sore throat and chest congestion?

What can you recommend for Infants with sore throat and  chest congestion?

Stop smoking: If you smoke in the house or car with the infant around he/she will have lots of these issues. In general some infant tylenol (acetaminophen) or pediaprofen drops can be used for the pain and usually you can find meds for infant congestion at the pharmacy as well. Infants tylenol (acetaminophen) cold may help both. However, if your baby seems fairly sick, skip this and go see your pediatrician or family practice doc ...Read more

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Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe. What is wrong?

Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe. What is wrong?

Bronchitis vs pneumo: You could have bronchitis or pneumonia. If you are having lots of thick mucous this may affect gas exchange and cause shortness of breath. You can try over the counter mucolytic drugs (ie guaifenisin) but if your symptoms continue you will have to see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Sore throat, tight chest, cough?

Sore throat, tight chest, cough?

Bronchitis?: It is possible these symptoms are due to acute bronchitis caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, headache, chest pain & excessive saliva what do I have ?

I have a sore throat, headache, chest pain & excessive saliva what do I have ?

Infection: A good bet will be a viral throat infection. Excessive salivation is a little worrisome. If you have severe difficulty and pain on swallowing coupled with fever and problem breathing, have yourself checked tonight at the ed as these are symptoms of a peritonsillar abscess. Otherwise, have a strep test done in the morning. ...Read more

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I have a sore throAt and chest congestion and cough. Do I need an antibiotic??

I have a sore throAt and chest congestion and cough. Do I need an antibiotic??

Don't know: Can't make that determination without an assessment. This may or may not be related to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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