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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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Swollen tonsil on one side for a year. No sore throat/ difficulty swallowing. One enlarged gland in neck but on opposite side. No pain/ other symptoms?

Swollen tonsil on one side for a year. No sore throat/ difficulty swallowing. One enlarged gland in neck but on opposite side. No pain/ other symptoms?

Needs evaluation: Anytime there is asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy this should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. Most likely this is a normal variant, however may indicate a neoplasm within the tonsil. ...Read more

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Yellowish bumps on back of throat; sore throat only on one side, sniffles?

Yellowish bumps on back of throat; sore throat only on one side, sniffles?

Get checked!: It sounds like you might have strep throat, which must be treated to prevent serious complications, and to make you feel better quicker. Get seen soon! ...Read more

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Pain on the left side of my throat, chills, runny nose, sore neck, no tonsils. Cause?

Pain on the left side of my throat, chills, runny nose, sore neck, no tonsils. Cause?

Viral vs Strep??: This could be a viral infection or strep throat. Usually strep throat does not have cold like symptoms such as runny nose and congestion but just sore throat. However impossible to tell unless seen and get strep test of throat. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes on left side. Sore throat on that side for about three months. No fever. Real excessive phlegm formation?

Swollen lymph nodes on left side.  Sore throat on that side for about three months.  No fever.  Real excessive phlegm formation?

Go to see ENT: Go to see an ENT for further evaluation. While it could be just an infection, however other thing like growth or mass/rumor can be presented with chronic sore throat- especially if you are a smoker and also drink alcohol, your risk for developing head and neck cancer is elevated. ...Read more

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Pharyngitis can it cause thorat pain on one side of tonsil and swollen lymph node?

Pharyngitis can it cause thorat pain on one side of tonsil and swollen lymph node?

Yes: That can happen. But, if the pain is severe, you have fever and you cannot open your jaw very far then you need to be reevaluated. ...Read more

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Tired, fever, Sore Throat (no tonsils) Nose + throat very congested with yellow mucus which made me vomit, lymph node is sore on one side of my neck. ?

Tired, fever, Sore Throat (no tonsils) Nose + throat very congested with yellow mucus which made me vomit, lymph node is sore on one side of my neck. ?

Pharyngitis : These symptoms are usually caused by pharyngitis which can be viral or bacterial. The concern is that it can be strep which can progress to cause big problems including rheumatic fever. Gargling with warm salt water and drinking hot liquids like tea and chicken soup can help but you need to see your primary care provider or an urgent care clinic to see if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What causes recurring sore throat after antibiotics?

Other possibilities: Possibly may be something other than a throat infection. Go see an ent. ...Read more

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How come i only have sore throat one side of throat?

How come i only have sore throat one side of throat?

Different reasons: A peritonsillar abscess is a rare condition caused when a bacterial infection develops on one tonsil. Vocal nodules on one side could cause that. Dental causes cancer in one side of the throat. Polyp in sinus area on one side. ...Read more

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Vomiting one week, fever, dehydration, painful throat sores and swollen glands. Not flu, strep mono. Vomiting recurring on occasion 2nd week?

Vomiting one week, fever, dehydration, painful throat sores and swollen glands. Not flu, strep mono. Vomiting recurring on occasion 2nd week?

Prolonged sore throa: You may have a retro pharyngeal abscess.See a doctor. He may want to take an x-ray of your upper airway. Alternately you have a viral illness that can give you similarsymptoms. ...Read more

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I have a cold. No sore throat. One lymph node is slightly bigger on one side of neck. Normal?

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I have a cold. No sore throat. One lymph node is slightly bigger on one side of neck. Normal?

Yes: Transient node enlargement is expected in an infection as part of your immune response to the invaders. ...Read more

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Swollen and severly sore cheek, sore throat, white patches in mouth on side of cheek. Negative strep culture at er, pain meds not working.

Hard to say: This could be many things. You need to be specific about when it started and what treatment has been given. This could be thrush, aphthous ulcers, lichen planus, leukoplakia, and other things. Oral diagnosis can be difficult, so seeing the oral cavity problem is very important. If you give more information, we can help better. Go to an otolaryngologist for exam, treatment, and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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I have one tonsil that is a lot larger than the other. Sore throat for 1 wk, mucus at back of throat, sore on side of big tonsil?

I have one tonsil that is a lot larger than the other. Sore throat for 1 wk, mucus at back of throat, sore on side of big tonsil?

See doctor: See doctor for evaluation, tonsil swab for culture and treatment recommendations. Hydrogen peroxide gargles can be helpful to clean tonsils ...Read more

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Painful to swallow, gland on left side of throat swollen and painful. Congested strep negative 10 + days of pain. Any thoughts on remedies?

Painful to swallow,  gland on left side of throat swollen and painful.  Congested strep negative 10 + days of pain. Any thoughts on remedies?

Tonsillitis?: If the gland is inside it could be tonsillitis. If it is outside we call it adenopathy. They are lymph glands which the body uses in response to inflammation or infection or foreign body irritation. It still could be infection in nature, and strep is no the only cause of infection. Go see your doctor and be evaluated, especially to make sure no abscess and be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Week ago- fever 38C, tightened throat, hoarse voice, dry cough- doc said mild tonsilitis, now good, but 1 swollen tonsil, tighten. throat on this side?

Week ago- fever 38C, tightened throat, hoarse voice, dry cough- doc said mild tonsilitis, now good, but 1 swollen tonsil, tighten. throat on this side?

Mgt: Most likely this will resolve with a little more time. Warm soothing liquids like soup or tea may help to ease the pain. Monitor your temperature and report fever to your doctor. ...Read more

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