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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

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 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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My ears have been popping lately. The past 2 days one side of my throat feels swollen when I swallow. What could this be? It also hurts when I swallow

My ears have been popping lately. The past 2 days one side of my throat feels swollen when I swallow. What could this be? It also hurts when I swallow

Eustachian tube: Might be swollen throat tissue in upper throat, where the eustachian tube opens. Ask your doctor about using neosynephrine (phenylephrine) nose drops in the blocked side so that they sort of go to the ear through the nose. Ask your doctor about using Clear.ease lozenges - to reduce swelling in that area. see www.hydromedonline.com ...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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Feeling of a lump in my throat. One side at the back of my throat looks swollen but there's no pain. What could this be?

Feeling of a lump in my throat. One side at the back of my throat looks swollen but there's no pain. What could this be?

Get it checked out: 'Lumps' in your throat may be something simple like an enlarged tonsil or could be due to more serious issues like tumor. Lack of pain suggests that there is no infection or inflammation, but doesn't tell us anything more. This is where a visual exam becomes important. You should get this lump checked out by a medical specialist or doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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