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Freezing but sweating at night. Persistent sore throat on left side only >4 wks?

Freezing but sweating at night. Persistent sore throat on left side only >4 wks?

Time to get a med: Eval. Sore throat, pain with swallowing, night sweats and chills for over a month. Please get evaluated. ...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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Sore throat/ear/jaw left side only. Hurts all 3 when swallowing. Possible causes?

Sore throat/ear/jaw left side only. Hurts all 3 when swallowing. Possible causes?

Acute Pharyngitis: Those are symptoms of acute pharyngitis/tonsilitis. The cause may be viral or bacterial. It is important to do a strep test as medication is required if positive. ...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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Have sore throat on left side. White spots and swelling?

Have sore throat on left side. White spots and swelling?

Seeing Spots: The tonsils are like two towers manned by soldiers to keep watch for invaders. The folds in the tissue (crypts) are like staircases on the outside of the towers. Occasionally food particles, saliva, and bacteria collect on these stairs and form "white spots" which are debris that has hardened. These are foul smelling and can irritate the tonsils. Manual removal usually helps to resolve issues. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side, just noticed 3 white spots in the back side of throat. Is this strep?

Sore throat on left side, just noticed 3 white spots in the back side of throat. Is this strep?

It very well may be: Strep as white exudate in the throat is a sign. Your doctor should perform a rapid strep test to confirm ...Read more

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Yellowish bumps on throat, sore throat on left side like pressure. Strep test was neg. Throat X-ray was clear. What is wrong...

Yellowish bumps on throat, sore throat on left side like pressure. Strep test was neg. Throat X-ray was clear. What is wrong...

Viral URI: This may be one of several different conditions, none of them likely to be particularly serious or long-lived. If this persists go and get examined by a doctor because there is no way to diagnose this without being seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have pain in left side of neck top of shoulders pain in left hand and now sore throat on left side?

I have pain in left side of neck top of shoulders pain in left hand and now sore throat on left side?

Symptoms unrelated: This Q & A box is not designed for diagnosis. However it is most likely your symptoms are not all related to one particular problem. If your symptoms persist see your physician or consult a Health Tap physician online. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Wisdom tooth: Get your teeth checked for infection. It's on one side and you have bad breath. Good possibility it's from a localized source like a tooth since it's on one side, teeth will often refer pain to the ear and an infection can cause bad breath.

Based on just the information provided i'd look toward a lower tooth in the back of the mouth as a possible cause. ...Read more

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I have sore throat on left side and ear pains when I swallow. 2x liver TX so immunosuppressed?

I have sore throat on left side and ear pains when I swallow. 2x liver TX so immunosuppressed?

You should be fine: The medications used today for solid organ transplantation is both potent and elegant. Having said this. It doesn't totally decimate your immune response. It just blunts it. Its critical you get the every 5 yer PneumoVax to immunize you for encapsulated organisms in particular. Another Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 is particularly suited for immunocompromised patients. Your ear and throat should get better soon! ...Read more

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19 yrs old, sore throat on left side like somethings there, pain in left ear comes and goes, unnoticeable when eating, mostly when swallowing spit?

19 yrs old, sore throat on left side like somethings there, pain in left ear comes and goes, unnoticeable when eating, mostly when swallowing spit?

Dr. Can check throat: 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 throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side when swallowing which hurts in my ear aswell when I swallow. Ear feels blocked on left side too no white dots on tonsils?

Sore throat on left side when swallowing which hurts in my ear aswell when I swallow. Ear feels blocked on left side too no white dots on tonsils?

Dr. Can check throat: 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). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help lessen pain. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

OTC meds for URI: Avoid antihistamines like loratadine, zyrtec and Benadryl. Try using pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil. Protect your stomach if you choose Advil by eating or taking antacids. Sudafed and Afrin can help open your nose and ears; use with caution if you have high blood pressure. Ear and throat infections can be serious. Look for a free clinic or low cost community health center if you get worse. ...Read more

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Have a white bump in back of throat on left side. A little sore when I swollow. Had sore throat last week went away now this. Idk what's going on?

Have a white bump in back of throat on left side. A little sore when I swollow. Had sore throat last week went away now this. Idk what's going on?

Throat culture: Is your throat red? Do you have a fever? This forum doesn't allow for diagnosis or treatment recommendations. I suggest you consult with a clinician and have an examination to determine what is going on. You may need a throat culture to determine if you have strep throat. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on getting sick really sore throat on left and right side and runny/clogged nose I thought it was from working in thewhat's wrong and how to treat it?

Can you advise me on getting sick really sore throat on left and right side and runny/clogged nose I thought it was from working in thewhat's wrong and how to treat it?

Sick: Hard to tell what going on based on the info but sounds like the onset of a bad cold. OTC meds help, drink lots of water and gargle with salt water. Best to have a culture done of your throat if its that sore ...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 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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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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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.

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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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?

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'm starting to get a sore throat on the left side. I had one in June and it was strep but it's happening again. Should I be worried?

I'm starting to get a sore throat on the left side. I had one in June and it was strep but it's happening again. Should I be worried?

Maybe: 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. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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To have lemierres syndrome do you have to have a sore throat? I have been have pain in the left side of my neck and sore throat only on that side.

To have lemierres syndrome do you have to have a sore throat? I have been have pain in the left side of my neck and sore throat only on that side.

Symptoms: You may have a sore throat and you may have pain on one side that is common, but Lemmier's syndrome was a syndrome that happened prior to antibiotics. However, if you are having that bad of symptoms I would get checked. ...Read more

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I just took the zpack now I have a sore throat only the left side?

I just took the zpack now I have a sore throat only the left side?

Its common: Its common for one side or the other to be more symptomatic than the other. Continue fluids and rest. If the pain gets worse or you develop a fever, see your doctor. ...Read more

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