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Last week had sore throat, fever(100), cough, this week sore throat goes away then comes back in middle of the day and at night?(cant swallow)

Last week had sore throat, fever(100), cough, this week sore throat goes away then comes back in middle of the day and at night?(cant swallow)

Possible acid reflux: May causes of sore throat & cough that come and go. Can be associated with difficulty swallowing. You don't have to have heart burn. Other symptoms include a hoarse or scratchy voice, bad breath, burping. Diet might contain acidy food, too.
You could also have an infectious problem/lingering virus or untreated strep infection. Would see a doctor if persists for more in depth evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before , or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more


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I have a sore throat and difficulty swallowing what's the best thing to do?

I have a sore throat and difficulty swallowing what's the best thing to do?

Supportive care: Supportive care for a sore throat would generally consist of using over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (available in tablets or liquid form-check the children's section) and cool soft fluids and foods. Prolonged or progressive symptoms should be evaluated in a medical facility (primary care provider). ...Read more

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I have no difficulty swallowing but my throat is red. I had a sore throat about a week ago but it's still red. What could this be?

Several...: Several possibilities exist including normal, "sore throat, " infection either viral or bacterial. If you're sure this is not your normal color and your usual sore throat remedies don't work after 1-2 weeks check in with your pcp and make sure it's not something more serious. ...Read more

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Sore throat, tonsils enlarged, difficulty swallowing ?

Sore throat, tonsils enlarged, difficulty swallowing ?

See a doctor: you might need antibiotic, so please see a local physician.
you can gargle with salt water, and treat some of your symptoms with OTC medicine. but see a local doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on only my left side. I also sometimes have difficulty swallowing to the point it can be difficult to breathe. Any thoughts?

I have a sore throat on only my left side. I also sometimes have difficulty swallowing to the point it can be difficult to breathe. Any thoughts?

Contact Dr. or E.R.: A person with throat symptoms of difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing must be seen by a doctor right away. There may be an abscess under the tonsils or behind them at the back of the throat. Sometimes, a person will quickly block off airflow (from sudden enlargement of the abscesses) and suffocate to death. If symptoms are very worrisome, one should call 911 for an ambulance. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat. The following also describe me: Difficulty swallowing, Cough, Pain when swallowing, and Headache. What should I do?

I am experiencing  sore throat. The following also describe me: Difficulty swallowing, Cough, Pain when swallowing, and Headache. What should I do?

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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Can Minoxidil 5% topical foam cause difficulty swallowing and sore throat? Seems odd I know, but happening after 1 week of starting, no other symptoms

Can Minoxidil 5% topical foam cause difficulty swallowing and sore throat? Seems odd I know, but happening after 1 week of starting, no other symptoms

Potentially this: could represent an allergic reaction to the medication. Stop using it for a few weeks and see if the symptoms resolve. Then try again and see if they return. If they do you will know. You can probably go for a few more weeks without increased hair growth. ...Read more

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Can sinus drainage from allergies cause sore throat and difficulty swallowing?

Can sinus drainage from allergies cause sore throat and difficulty swallowing?

No: Your symptoms are not due to "sinus drainage." an infection in the nose or back of the nose and sinuses can cause the feeling of "sinus drainage". ...Read more

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Having difficulty swallowing, sore throat and have 2 lumps on my neck. Had them for years. Cancer?

Having difficulty swallowing, sore throat and have 2 lumps on my neck. Had them for years. Cancer?

Get seen: Stable lumps don't worry me, but persistent sore throat does. I'm less concerned about cancer than about other diseases -- even a vasculitis can do this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pls help, had sore throat for many weeks with red patches, roughness, itchyness, difficulty swallowing, croaky voice which needs clearing now & again ?

Pls help, had sore throat for many weeks with red patches, roughness, itchyness, difficulty swallowing, croaky voice which needs clearing now & again ?

Sore throat,dysphagi: You might have severe acid reflux with your description of symptoms. Consider taking Omeprazole 20mg bid, otc. However, due to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), you need to have an egd to make sure no other pathology. ...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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I have a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and feeling a bit sick. I have a bit of mucous but no cough. It started about 4 days ago. Any idea what's going on?

I have a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and feeling a bit sick. I have a bit of mucous but no cough. It started about 4 days ago. Any idea what's going on?

Strep or not: Strep throat, which doctors recommend antibiotic treatment for, commonly causes fevers, enlarged tonsils with pus, enlarged neck glands, and the absence of cough/runny nose. Viral infections tend to present with runny nose and muscle pains. But nothing in medicine is an absolute. Even if there is just a 5% chance of this being Strep, treatment can save you a lifetime of medical complications. ...Read more

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I have swollen and chapped lips, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and what seems like inflamed taste buds. What is this?

I have swollen and chapped lips, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and what seems like inflamed taste buds. What is this?

? tonsillitis: When you tonsils are inflamed, your throat is sore and enlarged making it difficult to breath and you do more breathing through your mouth making your lips dry. That being said, be sure to visit your primary doc to see if you need an antibiotic. Feel Better! ...Read more

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I have a severe headache, sore throat, stiff neck in all directions, difficulty swallowing. What could this be and do I need to see a doctor?

I have a severe headache, sore throat, stiff neck in all directions, difficulty swallowing. What could this be and do I need to see a doctor?

Meningitis/Abscess: This is urgent! You have symptoms of serious infection. If you also have fever, this could be an abscess in your neck. The headache and stiffness are signs of inflammation in your spinal cord coverings so, get to an immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty swallowing, numbness or tingling (time frame: sudden) (side: both) , enlarged or tender lymph nodes, sore throat and ...

I am experiencing  difficulty swallowing, numbness or tingling (time frame: sudden) (side: both) , enlarged or tender lymph nodes, sore throat and ...

Dysphagia : Swallowing problems are very difficult and quite complicated. You need to submit a more specific question or You could also set up a consultation with me and I will be happy to assist you. ...Read more

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I'm having pain on left side of my neck and a red lump on my left tonsil difficulty swallowing headache, and sore throat what is it?

Infected tonsil: This could be a simple viral infection but if the pain and tonsillar inflammation worsens an exam by your md along with a throat culture is recommended. With only 1 tonsil involved, entities such as a herpes infection or early tonsillar abscess are possibilities. ...Read more

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Had slight pain near my left tonsil for ~3 weeks now. Bit of a cough, slightly sore throat and hoarse voice. No difficulty swallowing. What can it be?

Had slight pain near my left tonsil for ~3 weeks now. Bit of a cough, slightly sore throat and hoarse voice. No difficulty swallowing. What can it be?

Tonsil trouble: It is a good idea to have this evaluated. It can be a viral infection, bacterial infection, allergic symptoms, apthous ulcer, growth or polyp. Be sure to get it evaluated so you know what is causing this. :) ...Read more

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Please answer! what kind of virus causes sore throat, difficulty swallowing and swollen painful ear?

Please answer! what kind of virus causes sore throat, difficulty swallowing and swollen painful ear?

Viruses: There are more than two hundred different viruses that are known to cause the common cold alone. The three most common types are rhinoviruses , coronaviruses, and respiratory syncytial virus. How does that help you? If you are not feeling well consider seeing your physician for an evaluation and to make sure you do not have a strep and\or ear infection. ...Read more

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Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, red throat mum thinks its mono or abscess in the throat! i'm 17 am i dieing? Please help! no difficulty breathing

Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, red throat mum thinks its mono or abscess in the throat! i'm 17 am i dieing? Please help! no difficulty breathing

Exam: It could be a virus or a bacteria (strep) or it could be mono. Your mom is smart. Get it looked at by a medical practitioner. If it is swollen the doctor will consider whether there is an abscess. All are treatable, but virus or mono are mostly symptomatic. ...Read more

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I have had allergy-driven asthma, body aches,a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and extremely poor focus/energy for about five months. Ideas?

I have had allergy-driven asthma, body aches,a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and extremely poor focus/energy for about five months. Ideas?

Possibilities...: Allergies can cause many different symptoms so being evaluated by an allergist may be a good place to start to figure out what is causing your symptoms. Once an allergist finds out exactly what your allergies are, treatment can be given that will hopefully relieve your symptoms! ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more