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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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I can't breathe because it feels like something is stuck in my throat. Am I just being nervous?

I can't breathe because it feels like something is stuck in my throat. Am I just being nervous?

Foreign body throat: If you are truly having breathing issues, get to an emergency room right away. If it was just a scratch and there is no longer anything stuck in your throat, it should just improve with time. If the symptoms seem to worsen though, see an ent. Anxiety can give you the sensation of tightness in your throat. ...Read more

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Suddenly I get this feeling in my throat like I can't breathe/ throat tightening its hard to explain it but only lasts 2 seconds then goes?

Suddenly I get this feeling in my throat like I can't breathe/ throat tightening its hard to explain it but only lasts 2 seconds then goes?

Vocal cord problem: You could have a condition called paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder which can cause your vocal cords to close when you breathe in instead of opening. This can cause a brief sensation of difficulty breathing and then the vocal cords open again. There are many other things that could be involved like laryngopharygeal reflux. Get an ENT evaluation with a video laryngoscopic exam and treatment. ...Read more

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I can't breathe at night and my throat itches like crazy, please help?

I can't breathe at night and my throat itches like crazy, please help?

P.M. breathing prob.: Dust mite allergy could be a cause of your symptoms. See your pcp for a blood rast test or an allergist for skin testing. ...Read more

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I can't breathe at night and wake up coughing and have itching in my throat. It feels like I pulling so hard to breathe but only at night.

I can't breathe at night and wake up coughing and have itching in my throat. It feels like I pulling so hard to breathe but only at night.

Get an exam for this: Some of these symptoms sound like allergy (throat itching), but shortness of breath at night could be sleep apnea, asthma, or a more serious condition. So, this should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My necie recently was sick from a commom cold now its gotten worse, . She says her throat hurts, she can't breathe, so I figured she might have strapt?

My necie recently was sick from a commom cold now its gotten worse, . She says her throat hurts, she can't breathe, so I figured she might have strapt?

See below: Unlikely to have cold symptoms with strep throat. However, if she is having trouble breathing and her symptoms have gotten worse, she should be seen. ...Read more

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My throat has been filled with phlegm all day and now I can't sleep cuz I feel like I can't breathe?

My throat has been filled with phlegm all day and now I can't sleep cuz I feel like I can't breathe?

Rhinitis: Do you have any fever or other cold symptoms? If not, then this may all be due to allergic rhinitis with postnasal drip. You can use an over the counter allergy medication such as Zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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I can't sleep because I feel like I can't breathe and there is a ton of mucus stuck in my chest and throat. Also having severe but only when im sleep.

I can't sleep because I feel like I can't breathe and there is a ton of mucus stuck in my chest and throat. Also having severe but only when im sleep.

Sinus or Allergy: It sounds like you may have sinus or allergies. The reason why it bothers most at night is cause you are laying down and mucus is going down throat and sitting there. You may need an antibiotic or perhaps otc decongestants. ...Read more

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Last 2 weeks, can't breathe after serious cough, feels like my throat is chocked&i gasps for 5-15 secs. Aftr spendin 6 days in hospital its gettin worse?

Last 2 weeks, can't breathe after serious cough, feels like my throat is chocked&i gasps for 5-15 secs. Aftr spendin 6 days in hospital its gettin worse?

See doc: There is more than your story can tell. I recommend you see your primary care doc promptly. This way it will provide continuity of care if there are signs of distress, he'd be able to assess it and take care of it appropriately. If you're in acute distress, call 9-1-1 immediately. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 30 weeks prego since last week when when I'm lying on my back I can't breathe and when I finished eating I feel something stuck in my throat.

Hi, I'm 30 weeks prego since last week when when I'm lying on my back I can't breathe and when I finished eating I feel something stuck in my throat.

Pregnancy welcome: Welcome to 3rd trimester pregnancy when it is difficult to breath lying on your back and food "gets stuck" as you try to swallow over a compressed stomach/intestines and lungs. Try lying on your side as it prevents aorta compression to the baby and placenta and eat smaller meals well chewed and slowly to minimize your issues. ...Read more

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I can't breathe and breathing through my mouth is starting to hurt my throat even more! What could I have?

I can't breathe and breathing through my mouth is starting to hurt my throat even more! What could I have?

Need to be checked: You can not breath and hurting to breath through the mouth, you should see your doctor asap
we need more history whether your problem is due to stuffyness of your nose, which may be as you are trying to breath through your mouth and finding that difficult as well. You need thorough examination and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux make you feel like you can't breathe properly? I have a weird feeling in my throat like a pressure what is this?

Can acid reflux make you feel like you can't breathe properly? I have a weird feeling in my throat like a pressure what is this?

Reflux: If reflux is severe enough, it could present with respiratory symptoms. However, further evaluation and testing would be needed for confirmation. ...Read more

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My son has been dealing with strep throat for the last 10 days, he was put on an antibiotic and now has coughing attacks and can't breathe?

My son has been dealing with strep throat for the last 10 days, he was put on an antibiotic and now has coughing attacks and can't breathe?

Inflammation: Strep throat causes the tonsils to enlarge as they fight off infection. This can cause irritation leading to cough. Antibiotics can help kill the infection but may take time to heal raw area. If tonsils very swollen may cause issues of breathing too. Get a follow check by MD to see which is causing these symptoms. Cool most humidifier at night will help too ...Read more

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I feel like my throat is closing in can asthma make it feel like you can't breathe? Still have 100.0 fever see Dr tomorrow sould I still take inhaler

I feel like my throat is closing in can asthma make it feel like you can't breathe? Still have 100.0 fever see Dr tomorrow sould I still take inhaler

Possibly: Asthma can cause your throat to close up. However if you have this perhaps an emergency room visit can stabilize you. Having a fever increases the chances that other infections could be going on. I would not wait for the doctor tomorrow based on what you mentioned. Good luck ...Read more

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My tonsils have enlargened and I can't breathe sometimes, don't want to remove them so please what can I do to stop this uncomfortable feeling in my throat?

My tonsils have enlargened and I can't breathe sometimes, don't want to remove them so please what can I do to stop this uncomfortable feeling in my throat?

NO other good option: Tonsil enlargement is quite common, but unfortunately yours are too big (even not infected--as pictured here) and causing problems for you. A short-course of steroid may help it a bit, but it is not a lasting solution. I would encourage speaking with the ENT surgeon to find out what is involved in the surgical process. Unfortunately, there is much else can help with your trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I am sleeping I wake up because I feel my throat closing and can't breathe. I do snore. It never happens when I elevate my head while sleeping.?

When I am sleeping I wake up because I feel my throat closing and can't breathe. I do snore. It never happens when I elevate my head while sleeping.?

Sleep Apnea: You should have a sleep study performed and check for sleep apnea. The airway obstructs during sleep. Weight loss can help get rid of it or you can be prescribed a machine to help you breathe better (CPAP machine). ...Read more

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Tightness in chest upto throat all night, can't breathe in fully. Started early morn, disappeared during day and came back last night. 90% better now?

Tightness in chest upto throat all night, can't breathe in fully. Started early morn, disappeared during day and came back last night. 90% better now?

Gerd: Without a detailed history and medications list I suspect 2 issues. Most probably severe heart burn GERD. Also still need to rule out heart disease vs copd/asthma. ...Read more

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I can't breathe in well during exercise, I have stridor and it feels like my throat is tightening. I often faint after exercise. What could this be?

I can't breathe in well during exercise, I have stridor and it feels like my throat is tightening. I often faint after exercise. What could this be?

See doctor...: If you truly have stridor, this needs to be evaluated asap as this can be a potentially life-threatening symptom. See your doctor today! ...Read more

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I can't smoke cigarettes but not weed but when I smoke weed what's that lump in my throat and the tightness coming from I can't breathe will it go away?

I can't smoke cigarettes but not weed but when I smoke weed what's that lump in my throat and the tightness coming from I can't breathe will it go away?

No. It won't!!: That "lump" in your throat is a spasm of the muscles used to swallow. It's your body's natural reflex to try to stop you from breathing in smoke! Out in nature, smoke comes from fire... And all animals run! Most people who die in fires die from smoke inhalation rather than burns. There are over 4, 000 different chemical compounds in tobacco smoke, god knows how many in cannabis! just don't smoke! ...Read more

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Hello, im wondering if I might have asthma because when I run at school I can't breathe and when I finish runningy chest and throat hurt what do you th?

Hello, im wondering if I might have asthma because when I run at school I can't breathe and when I finish runningy chest and throat hurt what do you th?

Certainly possible: You should get this checked out by your pediatrician, but if you also have nose symptoms like congestion and sneezing, or eye symptoms like itching and redness, seeing an allergist would be the best idea - to help prevent developing asthma as an adult. ...Read more

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Congested all day and night and worsens when wake up can't breathe out of left nostril nor blow my nose. Dry throat. Home remedies??

Congested all day and night and worsens when wake up can't breathe out of left nostril nor blow my nose. Dry throat. Home remedies??

Allergies: Sounds like you suffer from allergies get skin testing done by an allergist and get shots that will help reduce your symptoms. Home remedies include saline nasal washes drink plenty of fluids cool must vaporizer at bedside and taking mucin ex DM tabs ...Read more

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I recently been having this feeling like my heart in pounding in your throat and I feel like I can't breathe...What does that mean? I also have ibs...

I recently been having this feeling like my heart in pounding in your throat and I feel like I can't breathe...What does that mean? I also have ibs...

Anxiety/Panic: If other problems were ruled out, might be anxiety. Panic attacks can include chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, perspiration, stomach pain/nausea or other GI problems. Rapid heart rate and a sense of dread or fear of losing control may occur also. Seek out a psychologist or other mental health professional for help. ...Read more

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I have very Swallen throat/neck& near the ears. Doctor thinks it could mumps. I got vacc. For mmr2.in morning goes worse, I'm afraid I can't breathe soon?

Dyspnea: We don't know how old you are or what other medical problems or symptoms you may have. Given your progressive airway obstruction, please seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Sore throat. Swollen neck. Choking feeling. This all started last night. Feel like I can't breathe?

Sore throat. Swollen neck. Choking feeling. This all started last night. Feel like I can't breathe?

See your doc!: Any time someone feels like they can't breath, they should be checked out. Could be a potential problem or become one fast. Err on the side of caution. ...Read more

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What medicine would help a severe sore throat? I can't breathe swallow or it hurts real bad. I also have nasual congestion to. I have a hard cough to.

What medicine would help a severe sore throat? I can't breathe swallow or it hurts real bad. I also have nasual congestion to. I have a hard cough to.

SORE throat suggest: Hydrate, lozenges especially cepacol which has mild anesthetic properties, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, throat coat tea are suggestions. If fever, large lymph glands, or infected looking tonsils then get culture for strep. With other symptoms most likely viral. Since you're on humera more likely to get bacterial infection so if not better soon see md. Consider mononucleosis. Severe pain-narcotics, Lidocaine gel. ...Read more

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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen ...Read more