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My throat is swollen on one side and I have a fever?

My throat is swollen on one side and I have a fever?

Potentially bad: If this is truly one sided swelling and pain... It is concerning for peritonsillar abcess. This needs treatment. See your doc today. If it is really both sides then ignore above. ...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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One side of my husbands throat is swollen. What can this be?

One side of my husbands throat is swollen. What can this be?

Can be infectious: One can have one sided tonsillitis or pharyngitis. If this isn't associated with sore throat symptoms, you should see an ent asap. Also if there is any breathing issues, drooling, severe difficulty with opening your mouth i would see an ent or the er.l, as one can develop an abscess. Otherwise you can see your primary to see if antibiotics are warranted ...Read more

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I'm concerned since one side of my throat is swollen, what to do?

I'm concerned since one side of my throat is swollen, what to do?

Get checked out now: Sudden swelling would make me think infection or inflammation. My recommendation is that you get seen at an urgent care or emergency room, where exam and lab studies could be done and threat to airway can be assessed. Pharyngitis (strep throat) is common, but tonsillar absess, angioedema, epiglottitis and other are conditions that need to be ruled out and need urgent treatment. ...Read more

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One side of my throat is swollen, hard/painful to swallow, lately i have been coughing up phlegm?

One side of my throat is swollen, hard/painful to swallow, lately i have been coughing up phlegm?

Sounds like a virus: Or possible a bacterial infection. Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between the two. It sounds like a pharyngitis, or inflammation of the back of your mouth/throat. This inflammation or swelling, is often accompanied by increased mucous production. That would account for your phlegm. A medical exam could help determine the treatment for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Back left side of throat is swollen with white bumps. Very painful what could this be?

Back left side of throat is swollen with white bumps. Very painful  what could this be?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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The back of my throat is swollen but it is just on the left side and it hurts anytime I swallow ?

The back of my throat is swollen but it is just on the left side and it hurts anytime I swallow ?

Viral infection: Sounds like the beginning of a viral upper respiratory infection (common cold). If you're concerned, see your primary care for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My tongue has been swollen for months and it looks like left inside jaw and same side of throat is swollen. What dr do i see for this,worried. Ty?

My tongue has been swollen for months and it looks like left inside jaw and same side of throat is swollen. What dr do i see for this,worried. Ty?

Worried: Please see your primary doctor as soon as possible. You may be referred to a specialist. Please let me know what develops - all should turn out OK but it might take some time. ...Read more

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Feels like half of my throat is swollen/numb/not working properly and food only felt on 1 side but my ear hurts too. What could it be? Reason?

Feels like half of my throat is swollen/numb/not working properly and food only felt on 1 side but my ear hurts too. What could it be? Reason?

Hard One To Swallow: Something's going on with the nerves. The taste nerve comes from the ear area and the sensory nerve from another area kind of near there. The reason is difficult to guess but you should get it checked out sooner than later. Be really careful when you eat. Don't eat anything that crumbles too much, like popcorn or crackers. Be careful swallowing liquids. You'll probably need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Throat Swelling (Definition)

Throat swelling is where the tissues of the throat become enlarged. This can occur due to inflammation (such as an infection) or ...Read more