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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 left side when swallowing. Not painful. Neck/lymph node a bit tender as well. Don't think I have a fever but have been coughing/sneezing?

Sore throat left side when swallowing. Not painful. Neck/lymph node a bit tender as well. Don't think I have a fever but have been coughing/sneezing?

URI: Probably just a cold/viral upper respiratory infection. Try ibuprofen and acetaminophen for pain, rest, and hydrate. Should resolve within a week. However, cough can last a few weeks. See your doctor if you develop more serious symptoms ...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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What are some home remedies for a sore throat? The left side of my throat feels like little sharp knives every time I swallow. It's been 3 days now

What are some home remedies for a sore throat? The left side of my throat feels like little sharp knives every time I swallow. It's been 3 days now

Sharp throat pain: First of all, please make a doctor's appointment to be sure you do not need antibiotics for a streptococcal tonsillitis infection. "Sharp knives" seems a very apt description of strep throat pain. If also with fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, nausea, and rash, please be seen by a doctor ASAP for treatment. Warm salt water gargles and chloroseptic spray, tea with honey and lemon help to soothe ...Read more

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Sore throat for 3 weeks now, recently as of a couple days ago I've noticed a lump in left side of throat strange feeling when swallowing cold drinks

Sore throat for 3 weeks now, recently as of a couple days ago I've noticed a lump in left side of throat strange feeling when swallowing cold drinks

Please see a doctor: It would be prudent to have your throat and neck examined to determine what is causing your symptoms. Please go see a doctor at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with mono (may 29th). Sore throat is gone, left with sharp pain on left side when I swallow like something is stuck there. Is this normal?

Diagnosed with mono (may 29th). Sore throat is gone, left with sharp pain on left side when I swallow like something is stuck there. Is this normal?

Yes, it's possible: The symptom you're experiencing can be normal as you recuperate from mono. It usually goes away slowly over a week or so. ...Read more

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Pain down right side of windpipe that gets worse as day goes on. No sore throat but feel pain if swallow when head is turned to left what could cause?

Pain down right side of windpipe that gets worse as day goes on. No sore throat but feel pain if swallow when head is turned to left what could cause?

Pharyngitis: Still most likely an early sore throat with some swollen lymph nodes--that is why it is more sore when you turn to one side. Try taking Aspirin or aleve, (naproxen) fluids, gargle with warm salt water etc... If it gets worse and you develop fever, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat (neck area) hurts to swallow plus cough. Neck glands bigger on left side but right side is sore. How is that possible?

Sore throat (neck area) hurts to swallow plus cough. Neck glands bigger on left side but right side is sore. How is that possible?

Pharyngitis/tonsilli: When you have infection in the tonsils or pharynx it is not uncommon to have lymph nodes in the neck. These nodes do not have to be the same size or consistency on both sides. ...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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Extreme pain and choking sensation on left side of throat. What should I do? Swallowing is painful and next to impossible. Feels like a classic sore throat but x100 and only on the left side of throat. It feels swollen and like someone is choking me with

Extreme pain and choking sensation on left side of throat. What should I do? Swallowing is painful and next to impossible. Feels like a classic sore throat but x100 and only on the left side of throat. It feels swollen and like someone is choking me with

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. But your description makes me wonder about a possible peritonsilar abcess. I know you are concerned by the cost of an emergency room. However, if this is a peritonsilar abcess it could be life threatening. ...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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Sore throat past 3 wks mostly left side. Pain comes & goes during day and radiates up to my ear when swallowing. Very painful.?

Sore throat: A sore throat for three weeks requires investigation which would include a throat inspection by a physician (to look for pharyngitis, tonsillitis) or a throat culture to check for strep (which is treated with antibiotics) and blood tests which include a cbc and differential cell count as well as a monotest (to detect infectious mononucleosis). See your physician who will order the appropriate tests ...Read more

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Left-side sore throat for > 1 yr. Pain varies from gone to moderate. Doesn't hurt to swallow. Seen 3 ents & gi. Nose / throat scoped 2x, upper GI scope & 2 mris 3 mos apart - no diagnosis. Any ideas?

Left-side sore throat for > 1 yr. Pain varies from gone to moderate. Doesn't hurt to swallow. Seen 3 ents & gi. Nose / throat scoped 2x, upper GI scope & 2 mris 3 mos apart - no diagnosis. Any ideas?

Tonsils?: Do you still have your tonsils? While they must have looked "normal" during scope I wonder if removal may help. Do certain foods exacerbate? Unilateral problem leads me to believe that it is a local problem as oppossed to a systemic problem. Nerve issue may be at play? Do pain meds alleviate the symptoms when they occur? ...Read more

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