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Why does my sore throat keep switching sides?

Why does my sore throat keep switching sides?

To frustrate you!: The side to side change is just to confuse you.
See your doc if you have pus, fever, rash or swollen lymph nodes. Stop smoking now while you have a chance! The headache may be related to the throat infection or just stress. Ck in with your family doc. Gargle with warm salt water, take extra vit c, rest, get some TLC too. ...Read more

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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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Still have a sore throat after sinusitis been 5 weeks. Congestion is gone but sore throat still present & switching sides. I have post nasal drip too.

Still have a sore throat after sinusitis been 5 weeks. Congestion is gone but sore throat still present & switching sides. I have post nasal drip too.

Re-evaluation: Is what you need, kindly visit your doctor, you may have unresolved chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis causing you all such symptoms, treatment may need to be prolonged if it is really a chronic condition, best wishes ...Read more

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I have had a cough and sore throat for about two weeks. It's accompanied with pain that travels to my ear switching between them.

I have had a cough and sore throat for about two weeks. It's accompanied with pain that travels to my ear switching between them.

Referred pain?: Whatever is causing your throat pain (postnasal drip, acid reflux, viral infection, allergies, etc.) may also create ear pain since the sanenerves innervate both areas and inflammation in the throat may be referred to the ears. Don't know what is happening in your case, but seeing your PCP would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Sore throat on right side?

Have it checked out: How long? Fevers? Tiredness? Swallowing problems? Breathing problems? Trouble opening your mouth? Hot potato voice?

A one-sided throat problem if you are having the problems above, can be a sign of a peritonsillar abscess (pus behind the tonsil) that would need to be treated by a doctor.

Other one-sided throat problems occur, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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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What can cause a sore throat only on the right side?

What can cause a sore throat only on the right side?

Not uncommon: Unilateral tonsillitis or mononucleosis or, any other inflammation may focus more on one side either with or without progression to the other side. ...Read more

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I have sore throat on right side only. Is that normal?

I have sore throat on right side only. Is that normal?

That certainly can: Happen. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. For significant symptoms seek medical eval. ...Read more

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I had a sore throat only on my left side. Is that possible?

I had a sore throat only on my left side. Is that possible?

Yes, it is possible.: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat on left side for about 20 months now.

I have had a sore throat on left side for about 20 months now.

Glossopharyngeal Neu: Well, the only reason I'm throwing this diagnosis out on the basis of your symptom of "sore throat" is because I see you've had an endoscopy, U/S, & Laryngoscopy. So obvious things (acid regurg, tumor, thyroid disease, fungai) are likely ruled out. Plus you've had it for 20 months. But Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. MAY BE something to think about. It's highly underdiagnosed. Ask to see neurologist. ...Read more

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What's most likely cause of sore throat on the right side only?

What's most likely cause of sore throat on the right side only?

Many 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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Help I have a sore throat and sharp neck pains in the side of my neck?

Help I have a sore throat and sharp neck pains in the side of my neck?

Apply Ice: Stretch it out slowly.. If this doesn't resolve the problem see your primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have sore throat. My right side of my throats is in so much pain.?

I have sore throat. My right side of my throats is in so much pain.?

Pharnagitis: A sore throat can be serious but likely it is easily treated with symptomatic things like throat sprays, lozenges, salt water gargles, cold drinks and ice cream. Paracetamol and ibuprofen will also help. You should see your GP to determine if you need antibiotics. You may ask you doctor for some steroids which act as an anti-inflammatory and can greatly reduce your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on the left side of my throat. What can I do for this?

I have a sore throat on the left side of my throat. What can I do for this?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. 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. ...Read more

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Why is every time I make out I get sore throat most of the time on one side?

Why is every time I make out I get sore throat most of the time on one side?

Sore throat: I assume "make out" means kissing? If so, I'm not sure unless you are catching an infection from your "friend". See an ENT doc for an exam to make sure there is nothing wrong with you. A throat culture of both parties could be valuable. ...Read more

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The right side of my throat hurts its more painful than a sore throat, what can it be?

The right side of my throat hurts its more painful than a sore throat, what can it be?

Abscess: Could be a peri-tonsillar abscess in which case you should see a Health Care Provider NOW! ...Read more

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What does it mean if you wake up with a sore throat only on the right side of your throat?

If this is the only: Information I had to go on I would guess that you are having reflux at night and that you sleep on your right side. If it persists he should have an examination by a physician. ...Read more

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Throat feels sore and dry on just one side as well as a feeling of something stuck on the same side. What might this be? Just a sore throat?

Throat feels sore and dry on just one side as well as a feeling of something stuck on the same side. What might this be? Just a sore throat?

Tonsilloliths?: Do you have white spot (s) in/on your tonsil? If so, you may have tonsil stones (tonsilloliths), caused by a collection of food particles trapped in the crypts (pockets) of your tonsils. You can try using a water pick to remove them. Otherwise can try ibuprofen and salt water gargles for pain. ...Read more

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Feels like something is constantly in the right side of my throat. No sore throat. Causes constant coughing mostly when I lay down. What is it?

Feels like something is constantly in the right side of my throat. No sore throat. Causes constant coughing mostly when I lay down. What is it?

Globus: You are describing globus although there are a lot of causes to this cweondition. Typically we rule out the bad ones like masses or major infections. Then we treat things that commonly cause like reflux symptoms and minor inflammation. If you are a smoker, stop smoking since this can cause tumors and inflammation. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for a month, that is finally getting better but now I have pain on the right side of my throat. Just wondering what it isk?

I have had a sore throat for a month, that is finally getting better but now I have pain on the right side of my throat. Just wondering what it isk?

U need to get exam: Could be anything from dry mouth from stuffy nose, to reflux from esophagus, to mononucleosis, to viral or bacterial infection of throat, to lymphoma, cancer of throat or elsewhere, or other. See your doc. ...Read more

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I've had a sore throat for about a week. It started on the left side of my throat then switched to the right and is now back to the left side and is n?

I've had a sore throat for about a week. It started on the left side of my throat then switched to the right and is now back to the left side and is n?

Get an exam: More history and an exam with a throat culture are needed. Do you have a fever? Do you have vomiting, diarrhea, pain, or any other problems? Do you smoke? How is your appetite? I suggest rest, good nutrition with a multi-vitamin and vitamin C supplement daily, drink a lot of fluids, do not smoke, drink alcohol or use illicit drugs, and go to a clinic for a physical exam and standard tests. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat throat on one side and it is really worrying me. I do not smoke or drink?

I have a sore throat throat on one side and it is really worrying me. I do not smoke or drink?

Sore Throat: Raymond, quit worrying and go get your throat evaluated by your doctor. We can not see what it is so that is your best course of action. Also great decision making in not smoking or drinking. ...Read more

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Sore throat, and achey left side molars. What could this be??? It came on suddenly rather than gradually.

Sore throat, and achey left side molars. What could this be??? It came on suddenly rather than gradually.

Dentist: Could be an infected posterior molar with throat pain, or a throat infection with referred dental pain. Start with dentist. If teeth negative, see MD. If inclined, you could reverse the order of evaluation. ...Read more

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Severe sore throat on the left side for 7 days. No improvement been on penicillin for almost three full days.

Virus: Unfortunately, most sore throats are caused by viral infections rather than bacterial infections such as Strep throat. Viral infections do not respond to penicillin. Hot showers, hot tea, gargling, and throat lozenges all help reduce the pain. If it persists, you will need to see your doctor for re-evaluation. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have sore throat on my right side for about a month now, it goes away but returns when I eat anything spicy.?

GERD: A common cause of persistent sore throat is gastroesophageal reflux disease. If you tend to sleep on your r side, the pain can be r sided. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Migraines past 2 weeks. Sore throat only on left side. Painful to the touch. What could it be? Temp of 99. What should I do?

See your DOC: See your doc as soon as possible, it might not be a headache, but an infectious process that is causing the symptoms...A thorough evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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I just woke up with a very sore throat (right side). I do not feel sick at all and I have no other symptoms. What is the cause?

Sore throat: Sore throat can be from the beginning of a viral infection or bacterial infection but it can also be due to postnasal drip or allergies. If you start to feel it getting worse, you can try zinc lozenges (Cold Eeze: see [email protected] Com for more info) to avoid a full blown bacterial infection. If it gets really severe, see MD for strep culture. ...Read more

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