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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Dry throat. Tightness and cough especially at night. Pfts done. Is it asthma?

Dry throat. Tightness and cough especially at night. Pfts done. Is it asthma?

It is possible: A lot of patients with Asthma get tightness of the chest and cough at night during an acute attack. You need to be examined by your MD who will be able to tell you for sure if it is Asthma or not. ...Read more

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Stuffy head and throat tightness (feel as if a hand is on my throat) since kast night, is this aller?

Stuffy head and throat tightness (feel as if a hand is on my throat) since kast night, is this aller?

Multiple things: Upper respiratory illness, allergic or chronic rhinitis and reflux are three possibilities. Also some patients with obstructive sleep apnea may have this as well. ...Read more

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Mild throat tightness (feels like hand laying across throat) (breathing fine) since last night, what could be cause. Is this seasonal allergy?

Mild throat tightness (feels like hand laying across throat) (breathing fine) since last night, what could be cause. Is this seasonal allergy?

Thyroid: If you feel strangulated, it may be your thyroid. It needs to be checked at 50 anyhow. Nasal allergies can cause post nasal drip and can have you choke on mucus within the throat. Post nasal drip is associated with some nasal congestion also. ...Read more

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Throat tightness?

Throat tightness?

Many options: If it is of recent onset and associated to swelling of soft palate, or lips, tongue or difficulty to breath may be an emergency. Otherwise many things may cause it: dry throat, elderly (presbyesophagus), webs in the esophagus, gerd or reflux, stenosis from cancer, achalasia or pseudo achalasia, or something acute like pharyngitis x virus or strept throat. Even neurosis or anxiety may cause it. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop constant throat tightness?

What can I do to stop constant throat tightness?

Depends: Depends on the cause. It can be due to allergies, flu, growth of mass, infection or allergic reaction. Depending on the cause the treatment will vary. ...Read more

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Throat tightness, burning and painful. What can I do?

Throat tightness, burning and painful. What can I do?

Depends on cause: If it is viral then treat symptoms with hydration, analgesics, honey, throatcoat tea. If from acid reflux then try antacids and antireflux dietary restrictions. If is bacterial then suggest culture to rule out strep and then treat culture specific antibiotics. ...Read more

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Constant throat tightness. I'm starting to suspect it's something else and not my vocal cords (I have VCD)?

Constant throat tightness. I'm starting to suspect it's something else and not my vocal cords (I have VCD)?

Vocal cord dys.: This is also called paradoxical vocal fold motion abnormality. It often is treated with speech/voice therapy. Another co-factor to treat with this problem can be LPR-laryngopharyngeal reflux. Acid/stomach enzymes can get into the esophagus and larynx triggering throat tightness, throat clearing and VCD. This can be treated with dietary measures and reflux medications, as well. See ENT to check. ...Read more

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Anxiety-throat tightness--what is relationship?

Anxiety-throat tightness--what is relationship?

Autonomic response: Similar to the answer about flushing; anxiety, worry, fear trigger autonomic (automatic unconscious) physiological chemical responses in our central nervous system (brain). Emotions have a vast array of somatic (body) effects: get to the underlying source of anxiety or at least develop some healthy coping alternatives: relaxation, meditation, breathing techniques, visualization. ...Read more

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Could throat tightness be from seasonal allergies?

Could throat tightness be from seasonal allergies?

Throat Tightness: I would feel comfortable saying yes if accompanied by the other typical seasonal allergy symptoms, rhinorrhea, scratchy throat and eyes, congestion, post nasal drip, epiphora, conjunctival redness, etc. ...Read more

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What can be causing throat tightness stress/anxiety?

What can be causing throat tightness stress/anxiety?

As above: I advise u to see your PCP for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible that tinnitus cause throat tightness?

Is it possible that tinnitus cause throat tightness?

Possibly: Tinnitus & throat tightness may have common cause involving the eustacian tube (connects middle ear to the throat). It functions as a drain & pressure equalizer for the middle ear. Tinnitus occurs in 10-20% of people esp as they get older. Holding your nostrils & gently blowing against a closed mouth may relieve pressure. If it persists it is best to consult your doctor to determine cause & tx. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a person to get neck and throat tightness?

Yes but: Yrs, but so can medical conditions like heart attacks and allergic reactions (not trying to cause more anxiety!) - give your doctor a call. If you don't have one, and this is new for you, go to a clinic or ed right away. ...Read more

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Could gastric reflux be causing my throat tightness?

Could gastric reflux be causing my throat tightness?

Yes: I don't know your details. The answer is that your throat has no acid protection system. If stomach acid is allowed to reflux then it could burn your throat tissue. If this is recurrent you need checked. ...Read more

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What can be causing swallowing difficulties/throat tightness?

What can be causing swallowing difficulties/throat tightness?

See an ENT: This warrants a consult with an ear nose and throat specialist to establish the cause of your problems. ...Read more

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I have throat tightness which is making ti really hard to swallow. What should I do?

I have throat tightness which is making ti really hard to swallow. What should I do?

See your doctor now!: Symptoms like these have to be evaluated in real-time by your physician. He/she has access to your examination, laboratrory data and many other diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what's going on and offer you help. ...Read more

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Throat tightness, can't swallow without drink?

Throat tightness, can't swallow without drink?

Dry Mouth: Moisture is necessary to swallow. A dry mouth will result in difficulty swallowing. Many reasons the mouth can be dry: age, medications, disease, habits like tobacco & alcohol. ...Read more

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What can cause throat tightness? (not a food allergy)

What can cause throat tightness? (not a food allergy)

Multiple reasons: Could be something as simple as anxiety or something pathology in the area. Would recommend seeing an ENT specialist to evaluate it. ...Read more

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Can a viral upper respiratory cold cause throat tightness?

Can a viral upper respiratory cold cause throat tightness?

Throat tightness: What do you mean by "throat tightness"? Are you saying you have difficulty breathing? Difficulty swallowing? Something else? If you feel like your throat is swelling, you may need emergency help. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause a feeling of throat tightness?

Can seasonal allergies cause a feeling of throat tightness?

Yes: Sometimes extensive exposure to pollen can cause throat tightness and even a more severe allergic reaction that could trigger hives, trouble breathing and throat tightness. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractic neck adjustment cause throat tightness sensations?

Can a chiropractic neck adjustment cause throat tightness sensations?

Yes: Chiropractic massage/adjustment is strenuous and should never be allowed on the neck. The back is strong enough usually to withstand it. There have been a number of cases of paralysis, fracture and stroke at the hands of chiros overdoing it on the neck. If your neck troubles you, see an orthopedic specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve throat tightness due to seasonal allergies?

What are some ways to relieve throat tightness due to seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies: Many use a netti pot to inhale moist vapor and add camphor or other oils to moisten the membranes and loosen secretions. Also, an ultrasonic bedroom humidifier. Unless lots of symptoms, like sneezing, itching, etc, avoid the drying effect of otc antihistamines. ...Read more

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I get throat tightness in a an air conditioned places, often in trains and buses. That happens on humid hot weather. Could I be allergic?

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I get throat tightness in a an air conditioned places, often in trains and buses. That happens on humid hot weather. Could I be allergic?

Not necessarily: The fact that this happens mainly in tight or crowded space suggests that this may be related to anxiety or panic especially if you are claustrophobic. Another condition is vocal cord dysfunction in which the throat closes up when you breathe in. Consult an ENT if this is troublesome to you. ...Read more

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What causes throat tightness/swollen choking sensation?

What causes throat tightness/swollen choking sensation?

See below: Many things, none of them good. You need to see your doctor today to sort these symptoms out. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a herniated disc cause throat tightness?

Please tell me, could a herniated disc cause throat tightness?

Maybe: If you herniate a disc in the neck you can get neck pain. Anxiety can cause a tight feelig in the throat but the disc does not really actually push on the trachea or esophagus. ...Read more

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Why do tonsil stones cause feeling of something stuck deep in throat/throat tightness?

Why do tonsil stones cause feeling of something stuck deep in throat/throat tightness?

Stuck: Because something is stuck deep in the throat. See ENT doc to consider tonsillectormy. ...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


Nocturnal (Definition)

This term is used to note that something ...Read more