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Doctor insights on: What Are The Causes Of A Sore Throat Or Difficulty In Swallowing

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Can sinutitis cause sore throat and swallow difficulty?

Can sinutitis cause sore throat and swallow difficulty?

Yes: The bacteria or virus that affect your sinuses could affect your throat. Also, your nose produces a liter of post-nasal drainage a day in its attempts to cleans the air we breathe, preparing it for the lungs, by the sweeping mechanism of the cilia of the nasal lining. The cilia sweep the secretions back to the throat so your throat can get irritated, causing trouble swallowing.

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Can Minoxidil 5% topical foam cause difficulty swallowing and sore throat? Seems odd I know, but happening after 1 week of starting, no other symptoms

Can Minoxidil 5% topical foam cause difficulty swallowing and sore throat? Seems odd I know, but happening after 1 week of starting, no other symptoms

Potentially this: Could represent an allergic reaction to the medication. Stop using it for a few weeks and see if the symptoms resolve. Then try again and see if they return. If they do you will know. You can probably go for a few more weeks without increased hair growth.

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Can sinus drainage from allergies cause sore throat and difficulty swallowing?

Can sinus drainage from allergies cause sore throat and difficulty swallowing?

No: Your symptoms are not due to "sinus drainage." an infection in the nose or back of the nose and sinuses can cause the feeling of "sinus drainage".

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I always suffer from sore throat and inflammation that cause ear pain and difficulty in swallowing. When I make rps it becomes high as 14.9.

I always suffer from sore throat and inflammation that cause ear pain and difficulty in swallowing. When I make rps it becomes high as 14.9.

Be concerned: Not sure what rps is. The presence of throat pain radiating to the ear can mean an infection, throat ulcer, tumor, neuralgia, thyroid inflammation or tumor, vocal cord arthritis, etc. With your symptoms I assume the worst so suggest ENT exam of throat.

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Please answer! What kind of virus causes sore throat, difficulty swallowing and swollen painful ear?

Please answer! What kind of virus causes sore throat, difficulty swallowing and swollen painful ear?

Viruses: There are more than two hundred different viruses that are known to cause the common cold alone. The three most common types are rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and respiratory syncytial virus. How does that help you? If you are not feeling well consider seeing your physician for an evaluation and to make sure you do not have a strep and\or ear infection.

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GI problem seem cause my sore throat, throat clearing, feeling of lump in throat, difficulty breathing & swallow. Can it cause severe chest pain too?

GI problem seem cause my sore throat, throat clearing, feeling of lump in throat, difficulty breathing & swallow. Can it cause severe chest pain too?

Yes, reflux can: Cause significant chest pain. In fact that is the origin of the term heartburn. On the other hand, not all chest pain in people with GERD is GI in origin. If in doubt, go to ER or an urgent care, if this is unlike anything you've experienced before and is accompanied by shortness of breath, cardiac issues need to be checked for and ruled out.

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I have a sore throat and difficulty swallowing what's the best thing to do?

I have a sore throat and difficulty swallowing what's the best thing to do?

Supportive care: Supportive care for a sore throat would generally consist of using over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (available in tablets or liquid form-check the children's section) and cool soft fluids and foods. Prolonged or progressive symptoms should be evaluated in a medical facility (primary care provider).

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I have somedays difficulty in swallowing like if I had a sore throat but I went to the doctors and he told me he don't see anything. It doesn't hurt?

I have somedays difficulty in swallowing like if I had a sore throat but I went to the doctors and he told me he don't see anything. It doesn't hurt?

Globus sensation?: Do you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation.

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I have no difficulty swallowing but my throat is red. I had a sore throat about a week ago but it's still red. What could this be?

I have no difficulty swallowing but my throat is red. I had a sore throat about a week ago but it's still red. What could this be?

Several...: Several possibilities exist including normal, "sore throat, " infection either viral or bacterial. If you're sure this is not your normal color and your usual sore throat remedies don't work after 1-2 weeks check in with your pcp and make sure it's not something more serious.

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I have a sore throat on only my left side. I also sometimes have difficulty swallowing to the point it can be difficult to breathe. Any thoughts?

I have a sore throat on only my left side. I also sometimes have difficulty swallowing to the point it can be difficult to breathe. Any thoughts?

Contact Dr. Or E.R.: A person with throat symptoms of difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing must be seen by a doctor right away. There may be an abscess under the tonsils or behind them at the back of the throat. Sometimes, a person will quickly block off airflow (from sudden enlargement of the abscesses) and suffocate to death. If symptoms are very worrisome, one should call 911 for an ambulance.

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4 times in 6 months now I have sore throat, swollen tonsil (right), difficulty to swallow. Stops in 3 days no medication, the right tonsil remains swollen.

4 times in 6 months now I have sore throat, swollen tonsil (right), difficulty to swallow. Stops in 3 days no medication, the right tonsil remains swollen.

Enlarged tonsil: Hello Debbie, I would recommend an evaluation by your healthcare provider. If you have a tonsillar infection that keeps coming back it may be time to have your tonsils removed or the symptoms will continue to return.

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Sore throat, tonsils enlarged, difficulty swallowing?

Sore throat, tonsils enlarged, difficulty swallowing?

See a doctor: You might need antibiotic, so please see a local physician. You can gargle with salt water, and treat some of your symptoms with OTC medicine. But see a local doctor for proper evaluation and treatment.

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Having difficulty swallowing, sore throat and have 2 lumps on my neck. Had them for years. Cancer?

Having difficulty swallowing, sore throat and have 2 lumps on my neck. Had them for years. Cancer?

Get seen: Stable lumps don't worry me, but persistent sore throat does. I'm less concerned about cancer than about other diseases -- even a vasculitis can do this. Best wishes.

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Pls help, had sore throat for many weeks with red patches, roughness, itchyness, difficulty swallowing, croaky voice which needs clearing now & again?

Pls help, had sore throat for many weeks with red patches, roughness, itchyness, difficulty swallowing, croaky voice which needs clearing now & again?

Sore throat, dysphagi: You might have severe acid reflux with your description of symptoms. Consider taking Omeprazole 20mg bid, otc. However, due to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), you need to have an egd to make sure no other pathology.

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Swollen tonsil on one side for a year. No sore throat/ difficulty swallowing. One enlarged gland in neck but on opposite side. No pain/ other symptoms?

Needs evaluation: Anytime there is asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy this should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. Most likely this is a normal variant, however may indicate a neoplasm within the tonsil.

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I have a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and feeling a bit sick. I have a bit of mucous but no cough. It started about 4 days ago. Any idea what's going on?

I have a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and feeling a bit sick. I have a bit of mucous but no cough. It started about 4 days ago. Any idea what's going on?

Strep or not: Strep throat, which doctors recommend antibiotic treatment for, commonly causes fevers, enlarged tonsils with pus, enlarged neck glands, and the absence of cough/runny nose. Viral infections tend to present with runny nose and muscle pains. But nothing in medicine is an absolute. Even if there is just a 5% chance of this being Strep, treatment can save you a lifetime of medical complications.

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I have swollen and chapped lips, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and what seems like inflamed taste buds. What is this?

I have swollen and chapped lips, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and what seems like inflamed taste buds. What is this?

? tonsillitis: When you tonsils are inflamed, your throat is sore and enlarged making it difficult to breath and you do more breathing through your mouth making your lips dry. That being said, be sure to visit your primary doc to see if you need an antibiotic. Feel Better!

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