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Swollen throat, difficulty swallowing (breathing is fine), severe ear ache/pain especially when swallowing. Some congestion. No fever or cough. X3days?

Swollen throat, difficulty swallowing (breathing is fine), severe ear ache/pain especially when swallowing. Some congestion. No fever or cough. X3days?

Referred pain: Pain in the throat can cause pain in the ear due to a branch of the vagus called arnold's nerve. Go see your doctor to make sure there is no infection either way and be treated appropriately. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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What would cause throat swelling and difficulty breathing? Does this occur often?

What would cause throat swelling and difficulty breathing? Does this occur often?

Anaphylaxis: Allergic reactions of varying degrees can cause this. Allergies can be environmental, dietary, or medication related. Allergic reactions can occur from things you have been exposed to for a long time, never reacted, and now suddenly you are. This type of reaction warrants a visit to emergency department. Severe onset warrants a call to 911. ...Read more

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The right side of my throat (feels aswollen on clogged)and ear feel irritated. Difficulty breathing on right side of nostril I think due to phlegm.

The right side of my throat (feels aswollen on clogged)and ear feel irritated. Difficulty breathing on right side of nostril I think due to phlegm.

Post nasal drip: It seems the drip is more on the right side, being clogged on that side and throat irritation that side, perhaps because you lay more on that side to sleep. You probably need a decongestant and maybe a nasal spray. Talk to your doctor what's best for you. ...Read more

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What to do for a 10 yr old that feels throat swelling...Trouble breathing and hand numbness?

What to do for a 10 yr old that feels throat swelling...Trouble breathing and hand numbness?

ANAPHYLACTIC REACTIO: You could be having allergy to something called anaphylactic reaction. If you have Epinephrine shot use it. Otherwise go to er! ...Read more

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I just got eating spicy chips. Now my throat is swollen and I'm having trouble breathing. I'm really scared what can I do to make it go away?

I just got eating spicy chips. Now my throat is swollen and I'm having trouble breathing. I'm really scared what can I do to make it go away?

Call 911!!!: If you are having throat swelling and shortness of breath, you need to call 911 NOW! You may be having an allergic reaction and this could become life-threatening if left untreated. It is easily treated but not at home-you need to be treated in an emergency room NOW. Get off the computer and make the phone call immediately!!! ...Read more

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I noticed my uvula was swollen & touching the back of my tongue. I've had trouble breathing. I have to keep clearing my throat/coughing? For 2months.

I noticed my uvula was swollen & touching the back of my tongue. I've had trouble breathing. I have to keep clearing my throat/coughing? For 2months.

See ENT: Symptoms you are describing go hand in hand with uvula swelling. It would be good to know why you've had swelling for 2 months and determine how best to resolve it. See an ENT specialist for a complete head and neck exam. ...Read more

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What can I be allergic to? Wheat flour, Malitol, Almonds, Canola Oil, Almond flavor, backing soda, baking powder. Itchy, swollen throat. Breathing Ok.

What can I be allergic to? Wheat flour, Malitol, Almonds, Canola Oil, Almond flavor, backing soda, baking powder. Itchy, swollen throat. Breathing Ok.

See allergist: Several items you have listed are not considered allergens although almond would be a likely suspect. Consult an allergist to find out. ...Read more

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My hubby ate an apple the other night. Throat&tongue got itchy, eyes became itchy&swollen but no hives or breathing problems. Next time be worse?

My hubby ate an apple the other night. Throat&tongue got itchy, eyes became itchy&swollen but no hives or breathing problems. Next time be worse?

Pollen-food syndrome: Pollen-food syndrome, aka oral allergy syndrome, is well characterized and typically manifests as itching
with or without swelling of the lips, tongue, palate,
and throat. Food sensitivity requiring epinephrine is rare. Patients usually have sensitivity to certain foods and to antigenically similar class of pollens. For example, allergy to apple skin and birch pollen a common combo. (see comment ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing, tightness in throat and chest. What are these symptoms of?

Difficulty breathing, tightness in throat and chest. What are these symptoms of?

Symptoms: These are symptoms that should be checked out there are many possible causes. ...Read more

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I swallowed a pill and I feel its stuck in my throat I don't have difficulty breathing but it is uncomfortable what do I do?

Stuck in throat: Most of the time the pill causes local irritation but is to actually stuck in the throat. Do you feel a strong irritant sensation when you swallow water? Are you having difficulty swallowing? If so, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Possible cause of sever sudden pain in center of chest up into my throat and difficulty breathing, sometime nausea even when at rest for 2 months now?

Possible cause of sever sudden pain in center of chest up into my throat and difficulty breathing, sometime nausea even when at rest for 2 months now?

GERD: Symptoms like these are often caused by gastric acid coming up into the esophagus. A trial of an over the counter proton pump inhibitor such as Omeprazole is often indicated. This can be picked up at the local drugstore. If symptoms persist you should see your doc for a better review. ...Read more

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I'm having difficulty breathing with my mouth and I feel pain in the back of my throat. What symptoms are these?

I'm having difficulty breathing with my mouth and I feel pain in the back of my throat. What symptoms are these?

Sore throat: You could have tonsillitis or something more serious if you are having trouble breathing and more than a little trouble swallowing. You need to be checked. ...Read more

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What could cause an intermittent feeling of warmth in my chest and throat when I breathe in? There is no difficulty breathing, just the feeling.

What could cause an intermittent feeling of warmth in my chest and throat when I breathe in? There is no difficulty breathing, just the feeling.

U have history of: Panic attack and this symptom could be part of anxiety and panic attack. I presume u already had some heart and GI work up. Get reassurance from ur dr. Take care and god bless u! http://www. M.Webmd. Com/heart-disease/features/12-possible-heart-symptoms-never-to-ignore. ...Read more

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Has anyone with anxiety-based throat tightness/difficulty breathing been treated with a PEP exhaling device?

Has anyone with anxiety-based throat tightness/difficulty breathing been treated with a PEP exhaling device?

Anxiety Sob: Never tired that but some get relief by breathing into a paper bag. This lets CO2 build up and may decrease the anxiety. Give it a try for say 5-10 min and get back with us. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has been sick for nine months. She complains of lumps on her head, tightness of her throat, difficulty breathing, stiff neck. Why?

My girlfriend has been sick for nine months. She complains of lumps on her head, tightness of her throat, difficulty breathing, stiff neck. Why?

Time for a visit: This spectrum of symptoms deserves a full history/physical & appropriate testing by someone who knows the patient. Try to schedule a workup within the next week with her doc so the evaluation can begin to track down the issues involved. ...Read more

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I am experiencing throat tightness (worsened by: eating certain foods, psychological stress) and difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat, p...

I am experiencing throat tightness (worsened by: eating certain foods, psychological stress) and difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat, p...

These symptoms: Sound anxiety related more than an organic illness. It would be reasonable to discuss this with your health care provider to be certain. ...Read more

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When I take Amoxicillin I have some difficulty breathing. Is this normal, a side-effect or an allergic reaction? I am taking it for Strep Throat.

When I take Amoxicillin I have some difficulty breathing. Is this normal, a side-effect or an allergic reaction? I am taking it for Strep Throat.

Med allergy: Difficulty breathing associated with taking a medication likely indicates allergy to the medication. Tightness in the throat suggests a severe reaction. In either case, the medication should be stopped. Severe symptoms require immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I feel like there's a sticky phlegm that even I clear my throat and nose its still there and im having difficulty breathing. I don't have cough. Help!?

Allergies possible: Allergic rhinitis or non allergic prenial rhinitis can both give a feeling of sticky mucus in the back of the throat. See you healthcare provider to determine which condition you may have. ...Read more

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I have difficulty breathing with a dry throat sensation as though an air tight membrane is placed over my diaphragm but I have no pain internally?

I have difficulty breathing with a dry throat sensation as though an air tight membrane is placed over my diaphragm but I have no pain internally?

Possible...: If asthma or COPD are part of your medical history, it is possible that your symptoms are related to these. I recommend virtual consult or see your Dr in person. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing, dry cough, fever and now a sore throat. What is this? And what medicine should I take or any home remedies that would help?

Difficulty breathing, dry cough, fever and now a sore throat. What is this? And what medicine should I take or any home remedies that would help?

Acute Bronchitis: Is very common disease caused by cold or upper respiratory infection. Usually improves without complications in a week, but the cough can last for several weeks.
If the condition accompanied by wheezing or shortness of breath, fever over 100.5 f, interferes with your sleep, see your pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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Experience nasal congestion (stuffiness) & difficulty breathing through nose (one side only).triednasalspray (stop using=liq flows through throat & dry?

Experience nasal congestion (stuffiness) & difficulty breathing through nose (one side only).triednasalspray (stop using=liq flows through throat & dry?

Need 2 C UR MD: Or ENT specialist, meanwhile keep using saline nasal washes regularly, and the probably steroid nasal spray that you used, but make sure you use them correctly, read the instructions carefully, best wishes ...Read more

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Was eating popcorn yesterday and I breathed a bit in have felt a lump in my throat and difficulty breathing I feel like im choking and im vomiting alo?

Was eating popcorn yesterday and I breathed a bit in have felt a lump in my throat and difficulty breathing I feel like im choking and im vomiting alo?

Call 911: Any obstruction of your upper airway has the potential to be life threatening. Call for emergency medical attention immediately if you suspect that you have an obstructed upper airway. Call 911, do not drive! . ...Read more

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Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Silent Reflux: You described your symptoms beautifully and these are exactly the symptoms patients complain of when they suffer with larygopharyngeal reflux, also known as silent reflux. Part of the exam that you need is a laryngeal exam, either with a mirror or a flexible scope. This should provide the "missing link" that should lead to the correct diagnosis and treatment. Your description is spot on. ...Read more

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I am experiencing thyroid enlargement. The following also describe me: Neck lump or bulge, Throat tightness, and Difficulty breathing. Last may 5 201?

I am experiencing thyroid enlargement. The following also describe me: Neck lump or bulge, Throat tightness, and Difficulty breathing. Last may 5 201?

Head & Neck Surgeon: You have a goiter that is pressing on your pharynx and even compressing your trachea (your airway). You need to have it removed surgically ASAP! Go see MD (not a nurse practitioner) and don't let them dilly dally around. Get an Ultrasound or a CAT scan of your neck done to verify the source of the mass, and get a referral to a Head and Neck Surgeon ASAP!!! ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat and low grade fever for 3 days I am also having difficulty breathing and my lymph nodes are swollen what could it be?

I have had a sore throat and low grade fever for 3 days I am also having difficulty breathing and my lymph nodes are swollen what could it be?

Get it evaluated: Though antibiotics aren't needed for respiratory viral infections, a sore throat may need immediate antibiotic therapy for streptococcal infections since it is contagious. Additionally, a healthcare professional can assess for other things such as postnasal drip, primary HIV infection, retropharyngeal abscess, and others, depending on the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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8 1/2 month old w/ stuffy/runny nose drainage down throat some difficulty breathing and fever but can't get an accurate read, should I take him to er?

8 1/2 month old w/ stuffy/runny nose drainage down throat some difficulty breathing and fever but can't get an accurate read, should I take him to er?

Viral syndrome: If the difficult breathing is more than from the congestion, then you need to take him to ER. Other than that lots of fluids, acetaminophen/ibuprofen for the fever should be okay until the morning. Take him into a steamy bathroom with the water running and use saline drops with suctioning. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat and ankle swelling. The following also describes me: Difficulty breathing through nose. What should I do?

I am experiencing sore throat and ankle swelling. The following also describes me: Difficulty breathing through nose. What should I do?

Get a Checkup: While the Sore throat can easily be treated not so sure that ankle swelling is related.
Difficulty breathing through the nose requires a look and see. Nasal polyps sometimes cause reduced air flow.
Suggest a doctor visit due to need to look at throat, ankles and nose. ...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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Swollen Throat (Definition)

Throat swelling is where the tissues of the throat become enlarged. This can occur due to inflammation (such as an infection) or ...Read more