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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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What can I do about severe neck/throat pain and very painful swallowing?

What can I do about severe neck/throat pain and very painful swallowing?

See an oral surgeon.: You may wish to see an oral surgeon. Your general dentist could refer you after they check. May be infection due to a wisdom tooth. ...Read more

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Frequent sore throats every few months. Red & painful swallowing/eating. Haven't got tonsils as were removed years ago, no other symptoms. What is it?

Frequent sore throats every few months. Red & painful swallowing/eating. Haven't got tonsils as were removed years ago, no other symptoms. What is it?

Pharyngitis: Even without tonsils you can still get viral infections affecting the area where the tonsils were, and occasionally some tonsillar tissue may be left behind. If you are concerned you should see your family doctor when your throat is sore ...Read more

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For 3 months I have had painful swallowing, sometimes feels like food gets caught in my throat. Painful even with water. Can't see anything at back of?

For 3 months I have had painful swallowing, sometimes feels like food gets caught in my throat. Painful even with water. Can't see anything at back of?

Painful swallowing: F unknown age or medical Hx or ethnicity asks: For 3 months I have had painful swallowing, sometimes feels like food gets caught in my throat. Painful even with water. Can't see anything at back of? ANS: You need to see a Dr who can get more information and look at your throat. If you are young could be diverticulum or if old- cancer of the esophagus to mention a few. If losing wt do now. ...Read more

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I have never had a sore throat last this long and now it's accompanied with painful swallowing. Any ideas on how to soothe my pain?

I have never had a sore throat last this long and now it's accompanied with painful swallowing. Any ideas on how to soothe my pain?

Risk: You are at a risky age for a number of things to happen ranging from mild infections to throat cancer
best thing to do is to see an ENT specialist to figure it out,
and for peace of mind ...Read more

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I came down with a sudden severe sore throat that is getting more symptomatic. Itchy, painful swallowing and occasional coughing. When getting better?

I came down with a sudden severe sore throat that is getting more symptomatic. Itchy, painful swallowing and occasional coughing. When getting better?

What's the cause?: Your question cannot be answered accurately based on the limited information provided. For instance, it would be helpful to know: your exposures, what does your exam show, what are your underlying risk factors and illnesses that so predispose, do you have untreated GERD with larygo-esophageal reflux, do you smoke...? ...Read more

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I have heartburn, difficulty/painful swallowing, feels like there's something stuck in my throat, chest pain/tightness and a cough. What could it be?

I have heartburn, difficulty/painful swallowing, feels like there's something stuck in my throat, chest pain/tightness and a cough. What could it be?

Globus sensation?: Sounds like you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation. ...Read more

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What should I expect at my first ENT visit for an ongoing soar throat and painful swallowing saliva? I see them tomorrow. Should I bring someone with me just in case?

What should I expect at my first ENT visit for an ongoing soar throat and painful swallowing saliva? I see them tomorrow. Should I bring someone with me just in case?

It is always a good: Idea to have someone with you when you visit a health care provider so that you don't miss important explanations and instructions. Sometimes when you are anxious you won't do a good job of hearing even though you are intently listening. It is unlikely you have anything serious but bring a friend all the same. ...Read more

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7 year old had headache in evening later developed 37.7 fever and painful swallowing next day no fever slight sore throat and big headache, what is it?

7 year old had headache in evening later developed 37.7 fever and painful swallowing next day no fever slight sore throat and big headache, what is it?

It is probably: Viral but more serious conditions can present this way as well. It would be prudent to take the child to the doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain in right jaw/gum with severe sore throat, painful swallowing, stomach discomfort.?

Pain in right jaw/gum with severe sore throat, painful swallowing, stomach discomfort.?

Doctor can check: Sore throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If throat symptoms only last 1-2 days, it is more likely allergies or irritation. Doctors have 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away". Strep throat treatment is often with amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Yellow, white tongue. Sore throat, like something in back. Painful swallowing and nausea. Voice sometimes sounds funny. Just finish h plyori treatment?

Yellow, white tongue. Sore throat, like something in back. Painful swallowing and nausea. Voice sometimes sounds funny. Just finish h plyori treatment?

Doctor can examine: 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). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and ear ache for 2.5 weeks. Yellow mucous and yellow patches on tonsils. Red swollen throat, painful swallowing and talking.

I have a sore throat and ear ache for 2.5 weeks. Yellow mucous and yellow patches on tonsils. Red swollen throat, painful swallowing and talking.

Tonsilits: Kitten - of course without examining you I cannot be completely sure, but your symptoms are common with tonsillitis.

Do yourself a favor and contact your physician. The correct antibiotics are important to prevent future problems. ...Read more

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Child has painful lump in neck, painful swallowing, coughing blood for 18 months. Chest xrays clear. Gerd + asthma meds not helping. What could it be?

Child has painful lump in neck, painful swallowing, coughing blood for 18 months. Chest xrays clear. Gerd + asthma meds not helping. What could it be?

Many possibilities.: 18 months is a long time for a child to be ill without a formal diagnosis. Sometimes blood with coughing is actually from the tonsils or sinus drainage, so look to the head as well as the chest and esophagus. After ENT exam, more thorough pulmonary studies like CT scan or bronchoscopy may be indicated, as well as GI endoscopy to assess esophageal inflammation like EE. ...Read more

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Sore throat and painful swallowing with headache and body aches. Also sufffering from allergies, are these things related? If not, what's causing it?

Sore throat and painful swallowing with headache and body aches. Also sufffering from allergies, are these things related? If not, what's causing it?

Secondary sinusitis: If your illness started as an allergy and now you are sicker and have started having a sore throat and yellow discharge, you probably have a sinus infection that is caused by your allergic swelling blocking the openings to your sinus cavities. Once you cross over from allergies to a sinus infection, you should avoid antihistamines. They dry your secretions and make your infection last longer. ...Read more

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Left ear pressure sore throat painful swallowing feeling of something stuck in my throat no fever swollen tonsils and swollen glands in neck under jaw?

Tonsillitis: Sounds like tonsillitis. It is common to have referred pain to your ear caused by the throat pain. You should see a physician and get checked for strep throat. ...Read more

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Could tietze syndrome lead to painful swallowing and burping?

Could tietze syndrome lead to painful swallowing and burping?

NO: Tietze's disease or syndrome is a musculoskeletal problem and would not cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a 99.5 temperature. Painful swallowing, minor nausea and fatigue. I had mono five years ago. Do I have it again?

Strep is more common: Maybe mono. Maybe not mono. 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 may help lessen throat pain. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER with painful swallowing after an upper endoscopy? Would a perforation be common enough to warrant a diagnostic x-ray?

Should I go to the ER with painful swallowing after an upper endoscopy? Would a perforation be common enough to warrant a diagnostic x-ray?

Rare: Would be rare. Rather than going to ER, call the MD who did the scope. MDs always have someone on call after hours. If you can't reach him/her, then go to ER. ...Read more

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I’m on day 6 of a cold. Also got pink eye. Still having painful swallowing at this time. Normal to have painful swallowing all these days later?

See your doctor: I suggest you call your primary care physician for treatment of your pink eye and evaluation of your sore throat. You may have strep, tonsillitis or a more severe infection. ...Read more

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I have difficult and painful swallowing and a strange blood filled bubble on my left tonsil what is it?

Painful swallowing: Painful swallowing can be due to: a viral or bacterial infection (like strep throat) causing swollen and painful tonsils; tumors (benign or malignant: more often in older patients with other risk factors like smoking, GERD/reflux disease); allergy; anaphylactic shock (very rare). Have your MD/PCP take a look to be sure it is not due to Strep. ...Read more

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I have painful swallowing and earache after wisdom tooth extraction, is that normal?

I have painful swallowing and earache after wisdom tooth extraction, is that normal?

Few days only!: While everyone heals differently, pain from wisdom teeth extractions should be subsiding after a week. The primary culprit, in an otherwise healthy person, is a high oral bacteria count. If people don't floss on a daily basis their mouths are chronically infected. And... An open boney socket becomes a cesspool that won't heal. Floss daily and have your oral surgeon treat your any dry sockets! ...Read more

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I have a sudden onset of a swollen and painful lymph node under my jaw accompanied by painful swallowing. See a doctor or watch and wait?

I have a sudden onset of a swollen and painful lymph node under my jaw accompanied by painful swallowing. See a doctor or watch and wait?

Adenitis: I would see a doctor if it's affecting your swallowing, the node is red and tender, or you have a fever. Bacterial lymphadenitis requires antibiotics. Most times, viral infections cause inflamed, tender nodes, though the addition of the above symptoms makes ruling out lymphadenitis important. Please at least discuss with your doctor in more detail. ...Read more