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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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Small painful lump behind ear & under chin. Ear aches as well as scratchy throat. Want to go to dr, but it's the weekend. What to do to ease symptoms?

Small painful lump behind ear & under chin. Ear aches as well as scratchy throat. Want to go to dr, but it's the weekend. What to do to ease symptoms?

Ear Pain: The lumps you have noticed are most likely swollen "glands" or lymph nodes. These enlarge and can be painful when you are fighting an infection. The ear pain with the location of the swollen lymph nodes sounds suspicious for an ear infection. I recommend ibuprofen 400mg every 6-8 hours for the pain and seeing a doctor tomorrow to check your ear and throat. ...Read more

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I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

Rhinosinusitis: Chronic inflammation of the nose and sinuses can cause post-nasal drip with irritating drainage. This can cause a sore throat and cough. Try rinsing your nose thoroughly with saline solution. There are several devices like the neil-med sinus rinse bottle which are very effective. ...Read more

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Itchy throat, mild ear pain and tenderness in the neck lymph. What could these be symptoms of?

Itchy throat, mild ear pain and tenderness in the neck lymph. What could these be symptoms of?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat and ears 5 days ago, now I have body aches, chills, coughing yellow phlem and woke up with a mild fever. Been taking OTC meds.

Scratchy throat and ears 5 days ago, now I have body aches, chills, coughing yellow phlem and woke up with a mild fever. Been taking OTC meds.

Need to see your MD: , it can still be a viral disease, but at times secondary bacterial infection kicks in, that's why you need see your doctor if no improvement within a week of start of symptoms, ...Read more

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Hi, for past two days I have had very sore/ scratchy throat. Much difficulty swallowing. Swollen glands under jaw, ears blocked & cough. What can I do to treat cause? How long should I ride it out for before getting medical assistance?

Hi, for past two days I have had very sore/ scratchy throat. Much difficulty swallowing. Swollen glands under jaw, ears blocked & cough. What can I do to treat cause? How long should I ride it out for before getting medical assistance?

Suspect Viral headco: Your symptoms are like a virus infection causing you to have what is called Common head Cold.
This is a common illness that affects all of us once or twice a year. Sometimes it can be Flu, which is more severe. For treatment, take lots of warm liquids (soups, tea, coffee) and take a decongestant medication. Paracetamol pills will help to relieve the symptoms which may last 3-5 days, then go away. ...Read more

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I have been a bit sick, scratchy throat, sniffles, now I am hoarse. I don't feel congested but my head hurts when I bend forward. Feels like pressure.

I have been a bit sick, scratchy throat, sniffles, now I am hoarse. I don't feel congested but my head hurts when I bend forward. Feels like pressure.

Sinusitis: Your symptoms may indicate a sinus infection if they have been dragging for a few days. See your doctor. In the meantime, use a saline nasal spray and over the counter decongestants to help you with your symptoms. ...Read more

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A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when I bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when I bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

Viral: If you have had a throat swab and it was negative for both the quick id and throw culture then this is most likely a viral illness. It even could be the flu. ...Read more

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Heavy head like dull headache and dry scratchy throat?

Heavy head like dull headache and dry scratchy throat?

How long?: How long have these symptoms been present? If less than 10 days, these are likely from a cold. On the other hand, if it has been present for weeks, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having head pressure sitting and worst when standing also scratchy throat any suggestions?

I've been having head pressure sitting and worst when standing also scratchy throat any suggestions?

How long?: If this has been present for just a couple of days, it may be from a cold. But this has been present for more than 10 days, then a sinus infection may account for much of your symptoms. See your doctor to get treated if the latter is the case. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy head scratchy throat smells like onions outside what could I take to feel somewhat better by monday?

A few ideas: Vitamin c, zinc., push fluids, rest. Otc products such as sudafed. If you are smelling something bad, however, you may have a bacterial sinus infection. If your symptoms do not improve within a week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What other medicine is safe to take with allegra (fexofenadine) d? My husband is having a congested/runny nose, scratchy throat, pressure in his head?

What other medicine is safe to take with allegra (fexofenadine) d? My husband is having a congested/runny nose, scratchy throat, pressure in his head?

A nasal steroid...: Your husband should consider an allergy evaluation, and likely an intranasal steroid and nasal saline rinses to help relieve his symptoms. There are a few medication options, but would consider an evaluation to determine which medication is best. ...Read more

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Unprotected sex with itchy skin all over my body with sore lymph nodes in neck ear pain and small red bumps that come and go. Neg hiv at 108 days. Std?

Unprotected sex with itchy skin all over my body with sore lymph nodes in neck ear pain and small red bumps that come and go. Neg hiv at 108 days. Std?

See derm: I wonder if your doctor has considered scabies as the cause for your skin problem. You need to call your doctor or consider consulting a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Wife 4 month pregnant and got flu in bed. Scratchy throat&ears blocked and head sore. Body aches. She is just taking panado. Can she take anything else?

Wife 4 month pregnant and got flu in bed. Scratchy throat&ears blocked and head sore. Body aches. She is just taking panado. Can she take anything else?

Doctor can evaluate: Throat symptoms can be from 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 a doctor if the throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe a scratchy throat?

What can I do to soothe a scratchy throat?

Soothe soreness: Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.
Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min. In a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs honey & sip. Try thyme tea. ...Read more

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How do I rid of a scratchy throat?

How do I rid of a scratchy throat?

Salt water: Try gargling with warm salty water. Use a teaspoon in 8 oz of warm water and gargle and spit. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat and a cough am I catching a cold?

Scratchy throat and a cough am I catching a cold?

Very possible: It's very possible that you have been exposed to a virus. Watch your symptoms for increased fever, and other worsening signs of a more significant illness. Drink plenty of fluids, get good rest and eat well. If getting worse after 5-7days consider getting a consult. Always be seen if significant worsening. Gargling warm salt water and plain Robitussin (guaifenesin) may help symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a scratchy throat from influenza?

Yes: Influenza causes a wide rage of symptoms, fever, body ache, cough, congestion, sore throat are the most common. If you only have sore throat, it's probably not influenza. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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How would I get rid of a scratchy throat?

Scratchy Throat: Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain.
Consider adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. See below. ...Read more

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I have a scratchy throat and I tend to sneeze a lot... What could it be?

I have a scratchy throat and I tend to sneeze a lot... What could it be?

Scratchy throat/snee: Scratchy throat and sneezing is due to inhalant allergy also called hay fever/allergic rhinitis.It is treated with anti histamines by mouth or nasal steroids. ...Read more

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My symptoms are a headache and a sore throat scratchy throat, 100.0 temperature

My symptoms are a headache and a sore throat scratchy throat, 100.0 temperature

Strep throat: Needs to be ruled out with the rapid strep test. If negative then symptomatifc treatment for the viral pharyngitis. ...Read more

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Itching Throat (Definition)

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