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Are there infections that can cause me difficulty swallowing?
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Any infection of the throat can lead to swallowing difficulty.
Tonsillitis, peritonsillar abscess, nasopharyngeal infections, laryngitis all cause trouble swallowing.

In brief: Yes
Any infection of the throat can lead to swallowing difficulty.
Tonsillitis, peritonsillar abscess, nasopharyngeal infections, laryngitis all cause trouble swallowing.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
Candida (thrush) can also cause difficulty swallowing.
Dr. Scott Rickert
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Any infection affecting the throat can cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
This includes tonsil infections, pharyngitis, esophagitis, and any abscess involving the throat/neck. These cause local swelling and pain which makes it difficult to swallow. There are other reasons for difficulty swallowing besides infection as well -- so difficulty on its own does not automatically mean an infection.

In brief: Absolutely
Any infection affecting the throat can cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
This includes tonsil infections, pharyngitis, esophagitis, and any abscess involving the throat/neck. These cause local swelling and pain which makes it difficult to swallow. There are other reasons for difficulty swallowing besides infection as well -- so difficulty on its own does not automatically mean an infection.
Dr. Scott Rickert
Dr. Scott Rickert
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