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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 a really sore throat, it hurts like crazy to swallow, ear's hurt and cannot pop, one side of my throat is bigger, hurts to eat and drink.

I have a really sore throat, it hurts like crazy to swallow, ear's hurt and cannot pop, one side of my throat is bigger, hurts to eat and drink.

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). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Suddenly one side of my throat is hurting n I'm having difficulty swallowing. I have no idea what it could be, any ideas?

Suddenly one side of my throat is hurting n I'm having difficulty swallowing. I have no idea what it could be, any ideas?

Sign of infection: Your symptoms can be caused by anything from a throat infection to a toothache. Treatment options for painful swallowing depend on the cause of the pain. See your primary care physician if the pain is severe or if it interferes with eating, drinking, or breathing. ...Read more

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My ear hurts. And my throat does only on one side. The side of my throat that hurts is the same side as the ear that hurts. It hurts to swallow.?

My ear hurts. And my throat does only on one side. The side of my throat that hurts is the same side as the ear that hurts. It hurts to swallow.?

Ear infection?: An ear infection can cause pain in the throat and vice versa. Symptomatic care for the ear and throat pain can be helpful. You might see your doc for an evaluation if this doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my throat hurts on one side?

What does it mean if my throat hurts on one side?

Concerning: At your age, there is reason to be concerned about cancerous lesions forming that are mostly caused by aggressive strains of human papilloma virus (hpv). If you still have your tonsils, it could be an infectious process on that side. You could even have throat pain on one side with laryngopharyngeal reflux, a type of acid reflux. You should go in as soon as possible for a laryngoscopy by an ent. ...Read more

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Yesterday I did a transesof. Echocard. Even though today my throat hurts, feel it a little swollen and the palate to one side of the tongue too. Normal?

Yesterday I did a transesof. Echocard. Even though today my throat hurts, feel it a little swollen and the palate to one side of the tongue too. Normal?

TEE: It is normal to have some mild throat irritation after such a procedure. If it persists or worsens you should be evaluated by your doc. ...Read more

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I've been sick for about 2 days. Headache, fever, body aches and also my throat hurts only one side. What does that mean?

I've been sick for about 2 days. Headache, fever, body aches and also my throat hurts only one side. What does that mean?

Throat infection: It means you have an infection and it may be viral or bacterial and needs to be checked and treated appropriately. If it is due to strep infection you may need a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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The nose at the back of my throat hurts mostly on one side and its mainly when I wake up and makes it hard to talk properly, anyone able to help?

The nose at the back of my throat hurts mostly on one side and its mainly when I wake up and makes it hard to talk properly, anyone able to help?

Stuffy Nose Moist: Try some saline spray in your nose before bed and see if this helps. It may be due to dryness. If this doesn't work, see an ENT doc for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've had a severe sore throat for 5 days now and have now noticed a large hole in one of my tonsils. The side with the hole hurts a lot more. Am I OK?

I've had a severe sore throat for 5 days now and have now noticed a large hole in one of my tonsils. The side with the hole hurts a lot more. Am I OK?

Pharyngitis: This sounds quite painful and you should see a doctor today. Infections of the throat can be severe, and you may have spotted a localized tonsillar infection/abscess that spontaneously drained-leaving the 'hole'. I think antibiotics would clear that up pretty quickly-but you need a diagnosis and proper treatment. Please go to a Casualty Room now or see your primary doc today. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Throat hurts a little on one side when swallowing without food or drink. Does not hurt to swallow food or drink. Former smoker. Have allergies. Help.

Throat hurts a little on one side when swallowing without food or drink. Does not hurt to swallow food or drink. Former smoker. Have allergies. Help.

Pain on swallowing: If you have allergies it maybe. Drainage which can make your throat sore when you swallow with or without food. It can also feel swollen when you swallow. If you have smoked in the past you should get checked if tsymptoms last more than 2 weeks. Cancer pain will usually be persistent and grow worse with time. I tell my pts if they have a symptom that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks to come see me ...Read more

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My throat hurts on one side when I swallow also causing that ear to hurt. This come on all of a sudden yesterday evening. What could be going on?

My throat hurts on one side when I swallow also causing that ear to hurt. This come on all of a sudden yesterday evening. What could be going on?

Sore throat: Do you have fever? One sided sore throat with referred pain to the ear need to be checked by your doctor ASAP, it could be tonsillitis, or peritonsillar abscess which is a serious condition that requires immediate treatment with IV antibiotics & sometimes incision of the abscess, if you can't see your doctor today go to ER, please do not delay. I hope it is just a throat infection. Good luck ...Read more

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Since last night my throat has been feeling sick. My throat hurts when I swallow and also the one side of my nose is a little bit stuffy. What to do?

Since last night my throat has been feeling sick. My throat hurts when I swallow and also the one side of my nose is a little bit stuffy. What to do?

New?: If this is new, the most likely possibility is viral infection. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain (or warm tea with honey). Ibuprofen may help too. Sudafed for a couple of days for congestion. Get extra rest/fluids and eat healthy. ...Read more

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What do you think it could be if you have a sore throat on one side but it feels more like a cut and hurts worse when you open your mouth to eaor yawn?

What do you think it could be if you have a sore throat on one side but it feels more like a cut and hurts worse when you open your mouth to eaor yawn?

Cannot diagnose: This needs to be seen to be correctly diagnosed and managed. May be viral, Strep, other. Let a doctor take a look and treat you appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sore throat hurts bad on one side when I swallow gets worse at night seen a few blisters back in throat where its irritated, why?

Sore throat hurts bad on one side when I swallow gets worse at night seen a few blisters back in throat where its irritated, why?

Hard to say: Hard to say from the limited info.... Could be viral or something more serious....With these symptoms you should go see your dr as soon as you can. ...Read more

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My throat hurts one side, my nose is congested and I feel like I can't breathe when I'm drinking or trying to sleep, no saline or decongestant working?

My throat hurts one side, my nose is congested and I feel like I can't breathe when I'm drinking or trying to sleep, no saline or decongestant working?

INS: Still sounds like a viral infection. .. But you can ease the symptoms a bit by adding an intranasal spray (Nasacort) and Chloraseptic Max cough drops (they have benzocaine which numbs the throat). Hope that helps & feel better! ...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.

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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My 11-year-old daughter has a bleeding cold sore on the roof of her mouth, which appears pale, with other small sores. One side of her throat hurts.

My 11-year-old daughter has a bleeding cold sore on the roof of her mouth, which appears pale, with other small sores. One side of her throat hurts.

Viral Infection: Sounds like she has a viral infection such as Hand Foot and Mouth Disease or Herpangina. they are caused by a herpes like virus called Coxsackie. Generally these are viruses that young ( ...Read more

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I have a mild sore throat that hurts only when I swallow. It also affects my ear. But both the sore throat and the ear pain are only on one side. I had a cold a couple of weeks ago and I still have a cough from that. What could this be?

Sinus infection?: Cold symptoms for more than about 10-14 days may indicate a sinus infection or ear infection. The pain on one side could also be from an infected lymph node or tonsillar infection. If you have fever, see a doctor today. Otherwise call your doc and have them check you out. ...Read more

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Had a cold about a month ago now my throat hurts in one spot on the left side when I swallow-also hurts in my left ear. Blood work fine. CT scan soon.

Had a cold about a month ago now my throat hurts in one spot on the left side when I swallow-also hurts in my left ear. Blood work fine. CT scan soon.

Sore throat: Hello - have someone look at this. It sounds like you have a viral ulcer on the tonsil or on the fauces, or frank tonsillitis. If so it needs specific treatment. I would have the GP look at this and treat if necessary. Thanks ...Read more

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Side of my throat hurts when I cough and when I touch it, what's wrong?

Side of my throat hurts when I cough and when I touch it, what's wrong?

Cough: Your cough may be due to gerd and the acid may have irritated your throat. See your doctor for help. ...Read more

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I can not swallow anything and the right side of my throat hurts when I do?

I can not swallow anything and the right side of my throat hurts when I do?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without a physical examination. It would be prudent to see your doctor. It may be unilateral infection behind a tonsil. ...Read more

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The right side of my throat hurts when I swalllow and glands feel swollen. This comes and goes. I have no other symptoms, what could be wrong?

The right side of my throat hurts when I swalllow and glands feel swollen. This comes and goes. I have no other symptoms, what could be wrong?

Enlarged tonsils: Dear KristineT,

I would suggest having your throat examined. Your symptoms may be from a viral infection however it could be possible for you to have a "stone" or calcified food stuck in your tonsils. Best to have someone inspect your throat.

Regards,
Dr. Cacho ...Read more

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The right side of my throat hurts. Especially when I swallow. What should I do?

Throat examination: Acute throat pain may be a simple viral infection, but could also be more serious, like a streptococcal bacterial pharyngitis or tonsillitis. Pain on one side only is a bit concerning for a possible mass. This should be evaluated within a week of onset of symptoms if pain is not resolving with basic measures. ...Read more

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The right side of my throat hurts its more painful than a sore throat, what can it be?

The right side of my throat hurts its more painful than a sore throat, what can it be?

Abscess: Could be a peri-tonsillar abscess in which case you should see a Health Care Provider NOW! ...Read more

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My left side of my throat hurts only when I try to swollow what can I do to get rid of it?

My left side of my throat hurts only when I try to swollow what can I do to get rid of it?

Salt water gargle: Two or three times a day gargle with warm salt water should sooth your throat. ...Read more

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The left side of my throat hurts but its not sore at all its just pain from the inside when I put pressure on it?

The left side of my throat hurts but its not sore at all its just pain from the inside when I put pressure on it?

Throat pain: Please talk to your parents and if necessary, your pediatrician for a physical exam. ...Read more

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My left side of my throat hurts and burns it stared at 530 then went away now it came back and doesn't really hurt when I swallow?

My left side of my throat hurts and burns it stared at 530 then went away now it came back and doesn't really hurt when I swallow?

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). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I've had this cough and I went to the doctor for it, but she didn't do anything for about it. Now when I cough the right side of my throat hurts..

Irritation: You throat may hurt due to the irritation of your cough. Drinking tea with honey may be helpful. If pain persists return to the doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

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The right side of my throat hurts and also hurts to swallow but it looks normal no white dots or inflammation. Been happening for 3 days on and off?

One possibility: A common cause of throat soreness without evidence of infection is gerd or gastroesophageal reflux disease, a fancy name for heart burn. "silent gerd" can happen at night time when gravity isn't keeping stomach acid in your stomach it can travel up into your throat and cause irritation. An acid blocker like ranitidine or Pepcid (famotidine) taken before bed might be good to try. ...Read more

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