3 doctors weighed in:
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?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
Dr. Leila Wing
Internal Medicine
In brief: Need Evaluation
If you have any difficulty breathing from any reason, you need to be seen and evaluated by a doctor. Call 911 or go to the emergency room. Other questions: how long have you had a sore throat, any pain with swallowing, any neck swelling? Age? The answers to these questions can change the diagnosis.

In brief: Need Evaluation
If you have any difficulty breathing from any reason, you need to be seen and evaluated by a doctor. Call 911 or go to the emergency room. Other questions: how long have you had a sore throat, any pain with swallowing, any neck swelling? Age? The answers to these questions can change the diagnosis.
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Wing
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors