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What causes a painfully sore throat on one side.

What causes a painfully sore throat on one side.

Infection: Throat pain usually signals the invasion of these structures by a germ, usually viral but sometimes bacterial. This could be a simple passing virus that self heals, or something as bad as an abscess that may need surgical drainage. Depending on how you feel, a visit to have it evaluated my be prudent. ...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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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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I have post nasal discharge and sore throat on one side only. What does this mean ? Weird

I have post nasal discharge and sore throat on one side only. What does this mean ? Weird

One sided pain: Suggest that you have an infection, ( most likely sinus ) , and that the drainage is only on the one side. ...Read more

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Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Needs a re-check: One-sided sore throat, with a visible lesion, not resolved with antibiotic, brings to mind a couple if possibilities. One is a possible abscess. An abscess would need to be treated in the Emergency Room by an ENT specialist. The other thought would be evaluation for a tumor. In both instances, and in light of him not being better, he needs to be re-evaluated. If his voice is affected go to ER ...Read more

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I have sore throat on one side and earpain when swallowingfor 4 days..also nausea and vomiting white mucus like stuff today.

I have sore throat on one side and earpain when swallowingfor 4 days..also nausea and vomiting white mucus like stuff today.

This is most likely: a viral illness, but you should be checked by your doctor, if you do not improve in a few more days, or if you have a fever. You could have strep throat or an ear infection, which the doctor can diagnose and treat if necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat on one side with no swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have a sore throat on one side with no swollen lymph nodes?

Some options: Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on one side, i see small white spots. Some chills, weakness, no other cold symptoms. This is the second day. Painful to swallow. ?

I have a sore throat on one side, i see small white spots. Some chills, weakness, no other cold symptoms. This is the second day. Painful to swallow. ?

And the question is?: Sounds like a throat infection which may be viral or bacterial.A visit & test can see if it's a treatable strep or just a virus you treat with comfort measures. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Sore Throat (Definition)

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