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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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Worst sore throat of my life. Been going on for weeks what could this be?

Worst sore throat of my life. Been going on for weeks what could this be?

Med eval -R/O Mono: 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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How many types of sore throat are there and which is the worst type? Are there different types of sore throat? Which are the worst? .

Many types: Soreness can be due to infection - bacterial, viral, fungal. It can also be due to lesions, autoimmune reactions and direct irritation from foreign bodies. It can be a side effect of medication, of oral dryness. You should see your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How many types of sore throat are there and which is the worst type? Are there different types of sore throat? Which are the worst? .

Let me help: There are 3 main kinds of sore throat.
1-viral infections, from common cold, flu, this does not need antibiotic, warm fluid and gargle with warm water and salt, they go away in few days.
2- bacterial infections.
The worst is strep throat, need medical attention.
3-injury to the throat.
By yelling and screaming you could develop sore throat. ...Read more

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Have the worst sore throat of my life, started 12 hrs ago. Temp 99.5. am I safe waiting this out just for 24hrs or so to see if it improves?

Have the worst sore throat of my life, started 12 hrs ago. Temp 99.5. am I safe waiting this out just for 24hrs or so to see if it improves?

Most of the time...: The first few days of an upper respiratory tract infection, including a throat infection, it is wise to wait and just rest and drink plenty of fluids along with analgesics for pain. However, if these symptoms last more than a week, you start feeling progressively worse, or cannot hold anything down (even fluids) then it is time to visit your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had the worst sore throat all day. It's now 5:30am and I haven't had any sleep becuase of how sore it is. Please help! ?

I've had the worst sore throat all day. It's now 5:30am and I haven't had any sleep becuase of how sore it is. Please help! ?

Sore throat: This may be Strep throat, but cannot be diagnosed over the internet. Go and be seen at an urgent care center or an ER. You can ease the discomfort with a variety of OTC products your friendly pharmacist will recommend, or you could gargle with a saline preparation. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Hi about two weeks ago I had the worst sore throat, I woke up 3 days later I could not swallow my throat was painful I had to take pain killers?

Hi about two weeks ago I had the worst sore throat, I woke up 3 days later I could not swallow my throat was painful I had to take pain killers?

Acute Pharyngitis: You may have had an acute infection of your throat, possibly involving your tonsil (if you still have them). The infection could have progresed to become severe enough to cause very painful swallowing. If this is happen frequently you should be checked by your primary care doctor for the various causes of sore throats. ...Read more

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Very sore throat hurts to swallow worst at night. Bumps on back wall w/ lots of mucus. 1 tonsil inflamed, both red. Snowed in&cant see dr what do I do?

Very sore throat hurts to swallow worst at night. Bumps on back wall w/ lots of mucus. 1 tonsil inflamed, both red. Snowed in&cant see dr what do I do?

Needs evaluation: I'm sorry to say but you need to get this seen by a doctor -since you don't want to neglect something like Strep throat. There might be clues -such as if anyone else in the household was diagnosed with Strep? Certainly a virus is possible, but without a throat culture and proper evaluation, you're guessing. For now, hot drinks, rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) for symptoms. I make a hot honey-lemon drink with ginger ...Read more

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Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.

Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.

Something infectious: Mono is from the EBV virus, and can cause swollen glands (lymph nodes) and big tonsils. Strep throat can do the same thing, but Strep throat needs antibiotics. Some other infections can cause big lymph nodes. More rarely, blood disorders and blood cancers cause swollen lymph nodes and fatigue (person often gets anemic). This all means that a trip to the doctor would be wise. ...Read more

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Can you have strep throat without a fever? And possibly an ear infection as well? Worst sore throat ever for 4 days now and ear pain but no fever?

Can you have strep throat without a fever? And possibly an ear infection as well? Worst sore throat ever for 4 days now and ear pain but no fever?

Yes: You may have strep throat without fever. Can be very difficult to swallow, so bad you can't swallow your own saliva. A simple swab test can diagnose or exclude strep throat in a very short time, and you can then initiate antibiotic therapy. If you do have strep throat, you are contagious until you've been on treatment for at least 24 hrs. Get seen soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, headache, body aches, cough, ear ache, nausea and my neck hurts. The sore throat is the worst part. Even though I have a cough, could it be strep throat or is it a virus that will pass through?

I have a sore throat, headache, body aches, cough, ear ache, nausea and my neck hurts. The sore throat is the worst part. Even though I have a cough, could it be strep throat or is it a virus that will pass through?

URI: It is likely an upper respiratory infection with those constellation of symptoms. There is a remote possibility of strep but antibiotics are minimally help strep throat, they are only given to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever and that depends on where you live and your ethnicity and socioeconomic status. See your Dr. If you are concerned. ...Read more

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Sore throat, no other symptoms besides pressure in my head after I wake up. What are usually the "worst" days of a cold?

Sore throat, no other symptoms besides pressure in my head after I wake up. What are usually the "worst" days of a cold?

Days 2, 3, 4: Headache and throat symptoms can be from flu/cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc., except that allergies usually don't cause a fever. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away", which means within the first 3 days of a strep throat infection. Doctors also have a 15-minute test for Flu A and Flu B. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat that started yesterday and got worst when I woke up. There is a burning irritation in my chest as well as my throat?

I have a sore throat that started yesterday and got worst when I woke up. There is a burning irritation in my chest as well as my throat?

See your doctor: A professional evaluation and examination is necessary to rule out viral vs bacterial infection and to determine if antibiotics are necessary. ...Read more

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I broke out with the first cold sore I've had in almost 3 years on monday and since have had the worst headcold... Sore throat, headache, fatique?

I broke out with the first cold sore I've had in almost 3 years on monday and since have had the worst headcold... Sore throat, headache, fatique?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have some symptoms of acid reflex: regurgitation, coughing & sore throat. Not a cold. What pills, teas, steps can I take so I don't make it worst?

I have some symptoms of acid reflex: regurgitation, coughing & sore throat. Not a cold. What pills, teas, steps can I take so I don't make it worst?

Hmmm: Avoid, spicy, greasy foods. Eat bland, boiled healthier choices. Consider avoiding tobacco if you smoke. Consider a trial of TUMS (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec OTC. Consider seeing your doctor if this persists. ...Read more

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Please everday sore throat long time now getting worst. Causing nausea dizzy weak full feeling in chest.

Please everday sore throat long time now getting worst. Causing nausea dizzy weak full feeling in chest.

Taking care of you?: When symptoms drag on like this, there is probably something MORE that you can be doing to help take care of yourself. The essentials are good sleep, hydration, avoidance of toxins (alcohol, smoke), reduced stress/work activities, and optimized environment. A doctor should be able to help by making the correct diagnosis to fine tune the treatment. It sounds like you need to see a doc today. ...Read more

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Sore throat on right side. Constant throbbing, hurt to swallow, tightness and redness but not much swelling. Pain worst behind my last molars.?

Sore throat on right side. Constant throbbing, hurt to swallow, tightness and redness but not much swelling. Pain worst behind my last molars.?

Virus: Sounds like you may have a viral infection. If this persist more than 48 hours or more symptoms develop you may need to be seen. Try gargling salt water first. ...Read more

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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