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I just woke with sore throat and area behind uvula swollen and wondered what causes this? The swollen area is so enlarged it flaps when I exhale.

I just woke with sore throat and area behind uvula swollen and wondered what causes this? The swollen area is so enlarged it flaps when I exhale.

It is likely infecti: Sore throat is frequently caused by the head-cold virus which usually resolves in 4-5 days with the help of tylenol (acetaminophen) pills and lots of warm liquids.
If you develop fever or enlarged lymph glands, it can also be strept throat infection(bacterial infection). This requires antibiotics use and a visit to your family doctor unless you get well with tylenol (acetaminophen) in another 1-2 days. ...Read more

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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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Woke with sore throat it persisted all day with runny nose now it's night throat still sore nose burning runny and stuffy same time with ears itching?

Woke with sore throat it persisted all day with runny nose now it's night throat still sore nose burning runny and stuffy same time with ears itching?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a cold (viral infection), a strep throat (bacterial and would need antibiotics), a sinus infection, allergies in the nose and sinuses, mucus or wheezing in the lungs (might need some asthma treatment), sinus symptoms related to other causes, etc... Since one can have one or more of these issues at the same time, a doctor's visit is recommended. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ sore throat 10 days ago that turned into cold 2 days later & cold seems gone but can't stop coughing & is waking me up at night. What 2 do?

Woke up w/ sore throat 10 days ago that turned into cold 2 days later & cold seems gone but can't stop coughing & is waking me up at night. What 2 do?

That happens: It's been happening iwth all my patients lately. But with any bronchitis, the inflammation stays for weeks after the infection is gone.
Humidity might help, Mostly it is a reason for prescriptions that work on lung inflammation. Stronger or weaker ones depending on the amount of inflammation. ...Read more

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Yesterday I woke up w/ sore throat felt like a ball in there but this more just sore throat. Should I be worried?

Yesterday I woke up w/ sore throat felt like a ball in there but this more just sore throat. Should I be worried?

Probably not: Probably from post-nasal drainage. Try some nasal saline spray or rinse and an antihistamine (benadryl, zyrtec, allegra, etc). If it worsens, fails to improve over a few days, or you start running a fever — see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have had a cough for 2 weeks and woke with a sore throat this morning (has mostly subsideded since then). How I can I prevent this from getting worse?

Have had a cough for 2 weeks and woke with a sore throat this morning (has mostly subsideded since then). How I can I prevent this from getting worse?

I sympathise...: I had that type of cough after christmas 2012. My back even ached from all the coughing. I took mucinex-dm mainly for the dextromethorphan hydrobromide, which is a cough suppressant. It is inexpensive and worked wonders for me! Take the maximum recommended dose until your cough tones down. ...Read more

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Today woke up with sore throat. Everything tastes bad. Chance this is strep? Any home treatment I can do?

Today woke up with sore throat. Everything tastes bad. Chance this is strep? Any home treatment I can do?

No: Strep has to be treated with antibiotic. Sore throat is usually caused by virus, may be the presenting symptom of a cold. You can try sore throat losanges, warm tea or Tylenol (acetaminophen). Strep throat usually causes pain with swallowing and fever without any cough. It needs to be treated with antibiotic. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ sore throat so I gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Woke up w/ sore throat so I gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Yes.: I would say that in context that you don't have more symptoms that stated. The mucous dries up the very superficial (to the surface) blood vessels in the back of the nose and the throat that they pop and cause some blood that people can taste on waking up. Take care of the sore throat and enjoy your turkey. ...Read more

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Since Sunday, I woke up with sore throat and thick mucus, to day I can hardly get out off bed for work as I can't walk and aching is this flu?

Since Sunday, I woke up with sore throat and thick mucus, to day I can hardly get out off bed for work as I can't walk and aching is this flu?

Possible flu: Any fevers? If so then sounds like flu like symptoms. Did you get flu shot? While efficacy of flu shot was poor this year it is still effective in attenuating symptoms. Have you had any sick contacts? If you do get tested and are positive and if you are at high risk for serious complications then tamiflu (oseltamivir) might be still possible but if you are not in a high risk group then may not help much. ...Read more

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Woke up with sore throat. Have runny clogged nose too. Could this be strep. Or just a sore throat?

Woke up with sore throat. Have runny clogged nose too. Could this be strep. Or just a sore throat?

Viral infection: Almost all upper respiratory tract infections start with a virus. The fact that you have nasal congestion associated with the sore throat is typical of a viral etiology. In general, if symptoms get worse after 5 days or not improved after 10 days a throat culture and appropriate antibiotic should be considered. ...Read more

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Woke up with sore throat (gone now), headache, & feeling weak and tired. Back pain as usual. Headache & fatigue persisted all day. What's wrong w/ me?

Woke up with sore throat (gone now), headache, & feeling weak and tired. Back pain as usual. Headache & fatigue persisted all day. What's wrong w/ me?

Depends: I would need more information, but appears that you have some sort of viral syndrome or the residual of a migraine. Recommend discussing your problem with your doctor. ...Read more

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7 year old woke up w/ sore throat and vomited once. Now running low grade fever (99.5). Strep neg. How long should I expect low grade fever to last?

7 year old woke up w/ sore throat and vomited once. Now running low grade fever (99.5). Strep neg. How long should I expect low grade fever to last?

Viral fevers: Fevers due to viral infections typically last 3-5 days, but can occur for 7-10 (less common). The trend of the fever is more important than the duration of fever in many cases. For instance, illnesses that start with high fevers which decrease with time are less concerning than those that start low but increase in degree over the course of days. ...Read more

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Light period, slight cramping, tired, hungry period supposed to be a week later. Woke up with sore throat. Took pt negative but may have takin itearly?

Light period, slight cramping, tired, hungry period supposed to be a week later. Woke up with sore throat. Took pt negative but may have takin itearly?

Early preg test: Most urine preg tests won't show pos til a few days of ur next menses due, depending on if u have regular cycles. Yes, it may be "too early." the symptoms u have though sound a bit more like allergies or a cold possibly. (not to say you can't have both, just they are not necessarily related.) For now lots of rest & fluids is best for all the above. A cpl days will be telling. Fell well, gd lk. ...Read more

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