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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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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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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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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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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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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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Left side of throat hurts when swallow for a couple of days, now my left ear and throat hurts when swallowing.?

Left side of throat hurts when swallow for a couple of days, now my left ear and throat hurts when swallowing.?

Pharyngitis: You could have pharyngitis which can cause referred pain to your ear. I recommend you see a doctor to make sure you don't have strep throat which would require an antibiotic. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left side of throat hurts alots hard to swallow, what could this be?

Left side of throat hurts alots hard to swallow, what could this be?

Possible answers: Could be viral or bacterial, tonsillitis/ pharyngitis, and even strep throat. Under these circumstances, have your doctor do throat culture to be safe. Gargling with mix of lemon juice, ginger root, and honey may help symptoms. ...Read more

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Left side of throat hurts when swallows, talk, and laugh. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

Left side of throat hurts when swallows, talk, and laugh. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

Probably not: But without an exam and testing for grp a strep there is no way in which to tell over the internet. See a doctor if it keeps up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Left back side of throat hurts. Is irritated when swallowing. Also feels like left ear deep inside s aching and feel clogged. What could it be strep?

Left back side of throat hurts. Is irritated when swallowing. Also feels like left ear deep inside s aching and feel clogged. What could it be strep?

Be checked: You may have strep but one sided pain is more concerning for something like an abscess. Be checked so you can be treated appropriately. All the best. ...Read more

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Pain on the right side of throat. Hurts to swallow. Neck is also slightly sore. Ache and chills only lasted a few hours, gone by next morning. HELP!

Pain on the right side of throat. Hurts to swallow. Neck is also slightly sore. Ache and chills only lasted a few hours, gone by next morning. HELP!

Mgt: I would suggest a screening test for Strep if there are signs such as swollen red tonsils, pus on the tonsils, high fever. Continue to monitor your temperature, rest and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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Right side of throat hurts a little when I swallow; hurts more when I yawn or blow nose. Feels like there's a proverbial lump before subsiding.

Right side of throat hurts a little when I swallow; hurts more when I yawn or blow nose. Feels like there's a proverbial lump before subsiding.

Tonsil?: You could have inflammation, infection or stone in the right tonsil. Or you could have a blockage in the right eustachian tube (drains ear to throat) which causes the discomfort. Also a swollen lymph node in the right neck could cause these symptoms. See your doctor or urgent care to figure it out! ...Read more

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23, smoking for 7mths. Whenever I swallow with my head down, right side of throat hurts. Pain feels lumpy/muscular. Possible throat cancer?

No: First of all, WHY are you swallowing with your head down?? Not a good practice and can lead to aspirating and coughing. Pain cannot feel lumpy or muscular so I really don't understand what you mean. Nobody can tell what you have without looking into your throat. It could be an infection, swollen glands or many things, but 7 months of smoking cannot cause cancer. See your doctor for exam/referral ...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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My throat hurts on the left side whenever I swallow something?

My throat hurts on the left side whenever I swallow something?

Symptomatic Rx: Most sore throats are viral pharyngitis. Check to see that you don't have an exudate on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws which could suggest need for a strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. Antibiotics are not needed. ...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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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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Throat hurts on 1 side when I swallow every few weeks. Pain will go & come back after few weeks. Hapens during special occasions, very annoying?

Throat hurts on 1 side when I swallow every few weeks. Pain will go & come back after few weeks. Hapens during special occasions, very annoying?

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 plus acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help lessen pain. ...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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