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Throat feels swollen hard to breathe but not sick?

Throat feels swollen hard to breathe but not sick?

Airway worry: Swelling in throat and difficulty breathing requires a doctor evaluation. Get seen by a doctor. This could be serious. ...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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The left side of my throat is swollen and it's hard to breathe and swallow and it's VERY painful! Any concerns? I got my Tonsils out YEARS ago.asthma

The left side of my throat is swollen and it's hard to breathe and swallow and it's VERY painful! Any concerns?
I got my Tonsils out YEARS ago.asthma

Many possibilities: It could be a viral infection, allergies with severe post nasal drip, or a more severe infection like a para pharyngeal abscess. See your doctor right away. ...Read more

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For the last couple of weeks, my throat has been feeling swollen an it's really hard to breathe & sometimes swallow.

For the last couple of weeks, my throat has been feeling swollen an it's really hard to breathe & sometimes swallow.

Tonsillopharyngitis : Since this has been going on for a couple weeks, bacterial infection is more of a possibility. The infection could involve tonsils, most likely. However, there are other possibilities that may need to be explored. You really need to see a doctor because your symptoms are very general and more information is needed. A detailed throat exam and possibly throat cultures are warranted. ...Read more

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My throat is so swollen on my left side right under my jawline, you can really feel the difference, its hard to breathe, and my lymph nodes in my r...

My throat is so swollen on my left side right under my jawline, you can really feel the difference, its hard to breathe, and my lymph nodes in my r...

Dr. can check it out: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), tonsil abscess; or a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from another 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. Feeling "hard to breathe" can be an emergency needing an ambulance, depending on severity. ...Read more

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Rt sd, swollen/tender neck glands 3 1/2 months. Sometimes hard to breathe. Lt side new lump/gland. Pink lump back neck.ENT 2 weeks.PM won't treat. Cancer?

Rt sd, swollen/tender neck glands 3 1/2 months. Sometimes hard to breathe. Lt side new lump/gland. Pink lump back neck.ENT 2 weeks.PM won't treat. Cancer?

Lymphnodes: Your symptoms as described appear to be possibly due to some underlying infectious process or something that would cause the swollen nodes, and now Shortness of breath. Be diligent, and get an evaluation. Hopefully the ENT will be more helpful to you and order some routine tests at least to include a cbc-dff and C-Xray to start, Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sensation of throat swelling making it hard to breathe. What can I do?

Sensation of throat swelling making it hard to breathe. What can I do?

Throat swelling: This is a medical emergency, you need to be seen as soon as possible. If the condition comes and goes you may have angioedema of the throat and this can result from multiple causes, please don't treat this lightly, an online forum is not a place for this, see a doctor asap. ...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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When I chew gum my throat gets tight and also a little hard to breathe. Why is that?

When I chew gum my throat gets tight and also a little hard to breathe. Why is that?

Need Consultation: You may be having a spasm in your throat or lymph node enlargement. Go see your doctor as this is important to treat. ...Read more

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I feel likes there is something stuck in my throat. Itddoesn't make a t hard to breathe. But its noticeable. Almost like a golf ball.

I feel likes there is something stuck in my throat. Itddoesn't make a t hard to breathe. But its noticeable. Almost like a golf ball.

GERD: Although there are mainly two reasons for a feeling of a lump in the throat (usually lower neck), you need to rule out reflux of acid from the stomach, so called gastro-esophageal reflux (gerd), another common cause if spasm of the sphincter at the entrance to the esophagus (food passage). This may be a symptom of anxiety. See your physician for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on the left side of my chest., it doesn't hurt but my throat has been hurting and it's hard to breathe sometimes. What is it?

I have a hard lump on the left side of my chest., it doesn't hurt but my throat has been hurting and it's hard to breathe sometimes. What is it?

See your doctor: You sould see your doctor. This lump needs to be palpated by your doctor and he/she needs to be able to put the rest of your symptoms in perspective. ...Read more

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Could a disc problem at c7-t1 cause a feeling like there is something stuck in my throat. It's happening frequently lately and it's hard to breathe?

Could a disc problem at c7-t1 cause a feeling like there is something stuck in my throat. It's happening frequently lately and it's hard to breathe?

Possible: Given your clinical history, important to get evaluated. Consider seeing a NUCCA Chiropractor — very specialized field looking just at cervical region. ...Read more

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My throat was fine until I sneezed. Now my throat and center chest feels really tight and hard to breathe. What is this?

My throat was fine until I sneezed. Now my throat and center chest feels really tight and hard to breathe. What is this?

Possible Spasm: If you were not having concerning symptoms prior to the sneeze, you may have induced spasm of the swallowing tube, or esophagus. Some people do not allow themselves to fully express a sneeze. Holding in a sneeze may increase the likelihood of something like this. That said, reactions to certain foods or environments can produce similar symptoms that can be serious. If not improving seek care soon. ...Read more

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When I sing or talk for too long I find it hard to breathe. It feels like my throat becomes narrow&i have to stop for a few minutes. I also caugh.?

When I sing or talk for too long I find it hard to breathe. It feels like my throat becomes narrow&i have to stop for a few minutes. I also caugh.?

Probable VCD: Either two things are happening: 1) there is vocal cord dysfunction or 2) tension dysphonia. In vcd the vocal cords come together when breathing in instead of apart so there is difficulty breathing in often with cough and noisy inspiration. In td the cords work fine but there is too much muscular tension in the larynx so that with use there is hoarseness and voice fatigue. See ENT for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I got hit in the throat with a pillow throw at my yesterday and it feels hard to breathe still. Is this likely just anxiety? How much force to damage

I got hit in the throat with a pillow throw at my yesterday and it feels hard to breathe still. Is this likely just anxiety? How much force to damage

Play nicely!: There's wide variation involved. Damage is unlikely from the pillow, but your muscle reaction/stress response may combine to make the area feel worse. If there are times it feels OK, that's good. (if not, see Dr) Aim to extend them intentionally. Use this breath pattern: In thru nose — hold in lung — FULL blowing exhale thru lips. It can relax the tight throat muscles. Relax and, play nicely! ...Read more

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I always have slime in my throat (since I'm young) and it sometimes feels my throat is blocked by a "ball". Sometimes it's hard to breathe and swallow?

I always have slime in my throat (since I'm young) and it sometimes feels my throat is blocked by a "ball". Sometimes it's hard to breathe and swallow?

Evaluation: To the best address this you need evaluation by an ENT or GI physician who can actually look into your throat endoscopic ally to look for a number of possible conditions. You may also need some esophageal function tests as well. This should be able to give you some insight as to the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more

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Throat feels like it keeps clenching in cold air and hard to breathe. Could it be bronchitis? Taking benzonatate for cough isn't helping.

Throat feels like it keeps clenching in cold air and hard to breathe.  Could it be bronchitis?  Taking benzonatate for cough isn't helping.

It could be but: We do not have enough information to tell you what it might be. But you have cough and difficulty in breathing in cold air. It may be bronchitis of bronchial asthma and you should have it checked by your doctor as you will need a detailed history, physical exam and if indicated pulmonary function tests etc, to make the correct diagnosis and treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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I have a headache, sore throat and I'm finding it hard to breathe, I am also very hot.?

See a doctor: Any illness that manifests itself with shortness of breath as one of the symptoms should prompt rapid assessment by a professional. Please see someone soon. ...Read more

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Chest pressure like someone sitting on me & choking throat feeling. Almost hard to breathe. What's wrong? I have GAD but no current anxious thoughts.

Chest pressure like someone sitting on me & choking throat feeling. Almost hard to breathe. What's wrong? I have GAD but no current anxious thoughts.

Agree w earlier: Input. However, even if you are not aware of feeling anxious — I believe that deep breathing exercises warrant a trial. ...Read more

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Lately I have been getting phlem in my lungs and throat after eating and it becomes hard to breathe. I don't smoke so im not sure why this is happening?

Lately I have been getting phlem in my lungs and throat after eating and it becomes hard to breathe. I don't smoke so im not sure why this is happening?

Unusual: There maybe food going into your lungs. This can be life threatening if a piece of meat or steak closes down your airway. Some people have died in restaurants while eating and swallowing large pieces of meat.

I do believe that you are not at risk and I do not want you to worry but you want to check with your doc and discuss nasolaryngoscopy or "fees" study. It may or may not be useful for you. ...Read more

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Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe?

Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe?

Congestion /sore thr: Do u havce fever also, if so u might have the flu. Try dayquil ne the day time and nyquila t bedtime. If its has been going on for more than 3 days and if u also have fever, us hould see ur doc. ...Read more

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Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe. What is wrong?

Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe. What is wrong?

Bronchitis vs pneumo: You could have bronchitis or pneumonia. If you are having lots of thick mucous this may affect gas exchange and cause shortness of breath. You can try over the counter mucolytic drugs (ie guaifenisin) but if your symptoms continue you will have to see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Its very hard to breathe, feels like I have a golf ball stuck in my throat and sometimes sore beside my heart, what could it be? Thanks

Anything: Without other symptoms reported, it is hard to direct you to the appropriate treatment or make more or loss right diagnosis. Anxiety which is known to cause the sensation of strangling in the throat and "heart pain" would mostly fit your description, but again, it's only a guess given no detailed history. ...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