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Throat feels swollen and hard to swallow? Thyroid?

Throat feels swollen and hard to swallow? Thyroid?

Sore throat: Throat swelling and soreness can be due to an a virus (cold) or bacterial (strep) infection, post nasal drip from nose congestion, heartburn, smoking, air pollution, or even yelling. It is much less common for an enlarged thyroid to cause a swollen throat but if you have a thyroid problem, you should have your doctor exam you. Fortunately most sore throats are minor and go away by themselves. ...Read more

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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more


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I have a sore throat, throat feels like its swollen, hard to swallow, remedies?

I have a sore throat, throat feels like its swollen, hard to swallow, remedies?

Remedies: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over >. ...Read more

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Often when I eat it can be very hard to swallow food. Should I take this seriously? My lower throat feels as if its swollen and it somtimes hurt.

Often when I eat it can be very hard to swallow food. Should I take this seriously? My lower throat feels as if its swollen and it somtimes hurt.

Yes: Not being able to swallow can cause food to get lodged in your throat restricting your ability to breath. Go get this check out as to why you are having this trouble. Go see an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Swollen sore throat hard to swallow?

Swollen sore throat hard to swallow?

Need to be evaluated: There can be a number of things that cause a sore throat. Swelling of the throat with difficulty swallowing could progress to a very serious problem if not treated. You need to be evaluated to determine the cause of the swelling and have the appropriate treatment initiated. ...Read more

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I have had a severe throat pain the past 2 weeks and the pain won't go away. How do I get the pain to go away? I have tried all the home remedies and nothing is working. I have noticed that my throat seems swollen and it is hard to swallow anything.

I have had a severe throat pain the past 2 weeks and the pain won't go away. How do I get the pain to go away? I have tried all the home remedies and nothing is working. I have noticed that my throat seems swollen and it is hard to swallow anything.

Since: Since you are having throat pain for two weeks you need to see a doctor. Things you can try for pain include advil (ibuprofen), tylenol (acetaminophen), and topical throat sprays that you can buy at the market. Be sure you aren't allergic to any of these first. Since you are having swelling and difficulty swallowing though you need to be seen as you may need antibiotics. If you have increased pain, fever, vomiting, rash, or can't swallow fluid or secretions then you would need to go to the er. ...Read more

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My throat is swollen and its very hard to swallow but no fever?

My throat is swollen and its very hard to swallow but no fever?

No need for fever: You can have a sore throat due to infection without having fever, use salt water gargles to reduce soreness and swelling, see your doctor if you don't improve, as you might need prescription medications ...Read more

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Woke up with swollen back of throat (top and middle). Hard to swallow & clear throat. Mouth breather. Don't feel sick? How can I make this go away.

Woke up with swollen back of throat (top and middle). Hard to swallow & clear throat. Mouth breather. Don't feel sick? How can I make this go away.

Urgent Care or ER: This involve your Airway! You need prompt medical evaluation and treatment! It could worsen and become fatal. Get medical attention now please! ...Read more

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Sore throat. No strep. Test negative. Feels swollen on the inside and tight. Hard to swallow. Feel the need to gag. Feels like I'm gong to vomit.

Sore throat. No strep. Test negative. Feels swollen on the inside and tight. Hard to swallow. Feel the need to gag. Feels like I'm gong to vomit.

Viral infection: Sore throat may be caused by a virus. Hard to swallow because your tonsils and/or lymph glands are swollen & this also will make you gag because of associated mucus. Get to your primary care physician or ENT specialist This may not be a "simple" sore throat. ...Read more

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My neck lymphnodes are swollen for two weeks, it's hard to swallow. But throat isn't sore. What do I do?

My neck lymphnodes are swollen for two weeks, it's hard to swallow. But throat isn't sore. What do I do?

Neck nodes: Why have you not seen a doctor? If you are concerned that this is abnormal then please see a doctor. This forum is not intended to replace a physical exam and proper diagnosis by a real doctor. ...Read more

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Left tonsil is severely swollen and is hard to swallow like there isn't enough room in my throat And is painfuL No other symptoms. Should I be worried?

Left tonsil is severely swollen and is hard to swallow like there isn't enough room in my throat And is painfuL No other symptoms. Should I be worried?

See a doctor: These symptoms are concerning. It would be best for you to see a doctor. You may need an antibiotic to clear the infection. I hope you are feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Severe swollen sore throat with white patches at the back. Painful and hard to swallow. Fever.?

Severe swollen sore throat with white patches at the back. Painful and hard to swallow. Fever.?

Strep Throat: You have signs and symptoms of a strep throat and needs to consult your doctor asap. Need an exam and quick strep test and if positive need to be treated to prevent the complications of streptococcal infection like Rheumatic Fever ...Read more

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When I breathe in deep it hurts in my upper back, I'm tired and my throat was swollen this morning hard to swallow, but doesn't hurt. Any ideas?

Sure: Sounds like the beginning of a viral illness. It may pass on its own with a little rest and tlc. If it doesn't, or it worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an extremely swollen and painful tonsil on the R side. Very hard to swallow or even open mouth wide, throat is red on that side too.

I have an extremely swollen and painful tonsil on the R side. Very hard to swallow or even open mouth wide, throat is red on that side too.

Tonsil: Please call your Primary doctor, explain your problem, and anticipate that you will be almost immediately refereed to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist!
All should go well! ...Read more

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I have yellowish orange spots on the very back of my throat very sore and hard to swallow but my tonsils are not swollen?

I have yellowish orange spots on the very back of my throat very sore and hard to swallow but my tonsils are not swollen?

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). A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands in my throat. It is very hard to swallow, but not to the point of choking or my airway being blocked. Pain on the left.

I have swollen glands in my throat. It is very hard to swallow, but not to the point of choking or my airway being blocked. Pain on the left.

How long?: If this has been present for a few days only, that suggests an infection. If present for weeks or longer, it suggests cancer. Either way, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Throat pain and swollen tonsils that goes away and comes back week to week. Little white spots and no other symptoms. Kissing tonsils. Hard to swallow?

Throat pain and swollen tonsils that goes away and comes back week to week. Little white spots and no other symptoms. Kissing tonsils. Hard to swallow?

Need Clindamycin: You need a course of high dose Clindamycin - the antibiotics you are on don't kill anaerobic bacteria that commonly cause tonsillitis. I give patients like you at least 2 sometimes 3 weeks. If that fails tonsillectomy is something to consider. ...Read more

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I had swollen lymph nodes for 5 weeks 3 months ago which started with severely sore throat. The lymph nodes now get large without any cause every now and then and it is hard to swallow. Is it normal?

Swollen lymph node: Yes, it could happen. Probably it is a reactive large lymph node after severe sore throat. Swelling may stay for some time even after treatment of sore throat. If swollen lymph node persists you should get the diagnosis. Doctor might recommend FNA procedure or surgical biopsy for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How common is throat cancer in 27 yr old female? Sore throat glands are swollen and lump feelig in throat with pain for 3 weeks! Hard to swallow too

How common is throat cancer in 27 yr old female? Sore throat glands are swollen and lump feelig in throat with pain for 3 weeks! Hard to swallow too

Most throat: Cancer was in the older, smoking, drinking population. Today the hpv assocaited throat cancers can be in younger, non smokers and non- drinkers. Get assessed by an otolaryngologist, . ...Read more

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Symptoms: Sore throat, swollen glands, hard to swallow, no other cold symptoms. Occurred twice in the past 3 months. Goes away after a week or two.?

Symptoms: Sore throat, swollen glands, hard to swallow, no other cold symptoms. Occurred twice in the past 3 months. Goes away after a week or two.?

Strep or mono: Strep vs mono are the 2 most likely reasons. Really important to have your doctor take a look and maybe get a swab for strep, or a mono test. If those are negative, then your doctor will have to dive deeper for a reason ...Read more

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Sore throat on one side, swollen lymph gland, hard to swallow, and back teeth very painfull with swollen gum? Is that from cavity?

Sore throat on one side, swollen lymph gland, hard to swallow, and back teeth very painfull with swollen gum? Is that from cavity?

Sore throat: You may have any number of problems, including infected wisdom teeth, periodontal (gum and bone) disease, or other soft tissue infection (s). Advanced tooth decay and abscess could cause pain and this much local soft tissue inflammation but the other conditions are equally important to identify and treat. See a dentist or oral surgeon immediately ...Read more

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Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow, swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow, swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

See endocrinologist: You did not mention if you had an overactive thyroid 3 years ago when given radioactive iodine. I assume your thyroid levels are normal now. If you still have large thyroid nodules, and symptoms related to it, you may need surgery to effectively deal with the problem. It is best to see an endocrinologist for a complete evaluation of your thyroid. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and it's hard to swallow. What's wrong with me?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and it's hard to swallow. What's wrong with me?

Infection: Could ne infectious mono
if not relieved in the next couple weeks should see a n oncologist ...Read more

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Swollen neck gland with ear pain also hard to swallow.

Swollen neck gland with ear pain also hard to swallow.

Swollen gland: Which gland is swollen? Cheek or at the angle of the jaw and under the tongue.? When you massage the jaw or cheek is thee a bad taste in the mouth? If so, you could have an infected gland you would need antibiotics in that case. The pain in the ear is referred pain from the swelling. It should get better when the swelling comes down in the gland. Try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for the pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

You need a medical e: A medical examination is advised in order to find out the cause of enlarged nodes. It can be due to an infection or cancer. Your doctor can tell the cause and guide you as to what is best next step. It may require a biopsy unless it is due to infection for which antibiotics may be indicated. ...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