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What Do You Do When Your Throat Hurts When You Swallow?

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Joe McHugh answered
It depends on how severe your sore throat is. If it is really painful and you are struggling to swallow liquids, or if it is inhibiting your breathing, then you really should see your doctor, sooner rather than later.

If you know that it is just a regular sore throat, which although it is painful and uncomfortable, will be gone in a few days there are some things that you can do for yourself that will help.

You can take a soluble pain killer, but before you swallow it, gargle with it first. This will put the pain killer directly onto the source of the pain and will reduce it, whilst at the same time helping with any other symptoms you may have, like headache or earache. Be sure to follow the instructions on the information leaflet of the painkiller so you know how many you can take within a period of time. Don’t be tempted to take more than is stated because the consequences can be serious.

There are also some over the counter remedies that you can try: Throat pastilles, for example that have soothing ingredients such as honey or eucalyptus in them. There are some sprays that you buy from the chemist, too, that can help. You spray these directly onto the part of your throat that is hurting for some local anaesthesia. It doesn’t taste too good, but you are probably finding that nothing does at the moment.

Be careful if you do take any over the counter medications that they do not react with each other. Some products have the same ingredients in them so you may overdose yourself without realising it.

Another remedy for a sore throat that sounds crazy, but which actually works, is to eat a curry - as hot as you can stand. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the result.

From the description of your symptom, it sounds like there could be any number of causes for your pain and discomfort.

First of all, it could very well be that all you are suffering from is a sore throat which will go away within a week or so. You can help to ease the pain by sucking on lozenges or taking some over the counter medicine. Ask your pharmacist for which one would be best for you if you are also experiencing other symptoms of a common cold. There is no use going to a Doctor about this unless your symptoms get worse.

However, you could also be suffering from Tonsillitis which is an inflammation of the tonsils in the back of the mouth caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms of Tonsillitis which you yourself will notice are a sore throat, pain in the ears when swallowing, pain or difficulty swallowing, a cough, headache, sore eyes, body aches, a fever, chills and nasal congestion. A Doctor will be able to check out your symptoms and then take a look at your tonsils (they will appear red or white if infection is present) and will then be able to decide on the best course of treatment.

There is also the possibility that there is a problem with the lymph nodes in your throat or your thyroid.

If the symptoms that you feel do not go away within a couple of days then the best thing to do is to make an appointment to see your Doctor as soon as possible. However, if your symptoms also include a high fever or if you develop a high fever or if you notice that your symptoms are getting worse then you should go straight to the emergency room as waiting for a Doctor's appointment could be too long.
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Anonymous answered
SWINE FLU Is out of the question!
It's usually like a virus
To cure it without Medicine-
- Gargle with warm salty water
- Try a table spoon of honey and lemon juice
- Drink lots of Ginger tea
- Suck on a 'clove' herb (It really Helps)
- Drink lots of warm boiled water
- Remember Spit out all of you phlegm when it comes up.
HOPE THAT HELPS!
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Anonymous answered
You should drink lots of water or eat and drink anything with vitamin c in it. Go to your doctor and don't take pain medicine because they don't HELP!
Janell Lynn Profile
Janell Lynn answered
You are most likely coming down sick with a flu, sinus infection, strep throat, or tonsillitis. You're going to need some medicine from a doctor if it is still hurting for 3 days. The first couple of days it can just be due to allergy/sinus drainage... So I always take allergy pills and maybe a cough syrup like Dayquil for a couple days to see if it goes away. After 3 days you should know if you are getting sick with something other than just allergy/sinus drainage.
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Flute Dancer answered
You may have either strep throat or just a dry throat. If it is strep, make sure to see a doctor immediatly to get the correct medication. If you are around a lot of people and not taking medication, it could spread to them. I know this because I had it 4 times in one year, and it was just because my sister and I were passing it back and forth!! Dry throats can get better by drinking water or sometimes its just very dry that specific day and you will have to deal with it. It will go away eventually.
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Anonymous answered
It's usually like a virus
To cure it without Medicine-
- Gargle with warm salty water
- Try a table spoon of honey and lemon juice
- Drink lots of Ginger tea
- Suck on a 'clove' herb (It really Helps)
- Drink lots of warm boiled water
- Remember Spit out all of you phlegm when it comes up.
HOPE THAT HELPS!
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Anonymous answered
Get some honey and water and cloves and onions oh and some hot water then just mix it together its not nasty I give it to my daughter everytime  but it works better if you add two cups of honey
Deborah Wacker Profile
Deborah Wacker answered
Yes, you have what is called a Eustachian tube there that can be infected and will need antibiotics to clear it up. If left untreated you could go deaf.
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Anonymous answered
I am not a Dr. But I had that feeling before and it was strep. If it is strep you need antibiotics to get rid of it. Your Dr. Can do a throat culture to test for it and then prescribe antibiotics to treat it. I hope you can see a Dr. To diagnose you, it really is the best way.
Good Luck!
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Anonymous answered
I would have to say it’s definitely not the swine flu, so no worries.  You may be experiencing bad allergies which could cause a sore throat/bad coughs. If you’re allergic to anything (like dust) try cleaning your house real well, you’ll definitely see a change. For now drink lots of ginger tea, it’s very helpful.
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Anonymous answered
1. You could have a dry throat. Try drinking some water.
2. Smoking can cause your throat to become irritated.
3. You could have the following viruses:
Strep Throat
Flu
Laryngitis
Pharyngitis
Tonsillitis

My suggestion is to drink plenty of fluids, take medicine, and if it continues to hurt, see your doctor.
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Judy Brick answered
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! I think I put that question in the wrong way..When I swallow it still hurts bad...it goes away for a week or two and then comes back..sometimes its only goes away for a day..I was wondering could this be my thyroid swelling?? I take thyroid meds..I can feel when it starts to swell and I had a ultrasound on it and was told I need to see a ENT.but with no insurance I couldnt afford to go..I was just wondering if anyone else has these symtoms due to your thyroid?
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Anonymous answered
You might have a head-cold I had similar symtoms once but evn so GO SEE A DOCTOR, also check if your glands are swollen *that can be found under your jaw near the back right under your ears.
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Kathy Castillo answered
You may be experiencing something simple such as a sore throat or you may be having problems with your tonsils, lymph nodes or thyroid. If it does not resolve within a couple of days, you should consult your doctor. If you have a high fever with it, you should go to the emergency room.
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Anonymous answered
Swine flu? What in the hell! It may not be that serious. I have the same thing and I've had it for two days now. Question? Do you cough periodically and it hurts? Does it itch? If so, it is not that major. Just go ask your doctor. And for the love of Pete, swine flu! Jeez, somebody is going a little out there. If that dude is a doctor, he or she is really bad at diagnosis. If not, KEEP QUIET AND STOP CAUSING UNNECESSARY PANIC! (Swine flu....[Chuckle]) Again go ask your doctor and stop listening to mediocre advice.
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Kirbie Bella answered
It either could be allergies, or if you do not suffer from allergies, you might be getting sick. It has happened many times to me that my throat starts hurting but I feel fine and then the next day boom I am sick! Hopefully for your sake you are not getting sick!
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Anonymous answered

It really depends how your throat really hurts. And if you cough too much you should really go and see your doctor earlier than later.

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Anonymous answered
If not swollen glands then there can be some polyp(bud) in your throat which is troubling you while swallowing. You should not ignore it and get it checked by some physician
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Anonymous answered
Well I think you need to see a doctor because my husband and I both have the swine flu and those are some of the symptoms
Muhammad Nadeem Profile
Muhammad Nadeem answered
Most probably you are having throat infection that can be tonsillitis, pharyngitis or laryngitis etc. Your doctor can help you to diagnose and treat your condition.
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Anonymous answered
My throat hurts when I went to the doc she said to me I got a strep throat but they didnt say anything about swine flu
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Anonymous answered
I need to know lol I think mine is strep throat this will be the 6th time this year the doc said I'm a carrier so I don't know go get it checked out
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Meta Forrest answered
Try swallowing some honey mixed with lemon juice. If it doesn't clear within a few days then see a doctor to rule out tonsilitis.
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Anonymous answered
Well I am having a slightly different problem... It seems that my throat is fine, but in the very back of my mouth (the part that is starting to connect to the throat) stings when I swallow. It has only been over night, but some time around 5 yesterday my throat started to feel like this. What should I do?
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Anonymous answered
You may be starting to get the flu. Sometimes sore throats are a sign of something coming on. If you have been coughing lately that could also be why your throat is sore.
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My throat also hurts when I swallow and I have been getting fevers at night for the past few days what does that mean?
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Anonymous answered
Try drinking really cold thing:
Put a drink in the freezer for 15 minutes
Don't drink anything fizzy or carbonated:
Soda,sparkling water
Drink warm things:
Warm juices and warm water

Try somw of these things
Hope it helps!!
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Anonymous answered
Go to the doctor. You probably have strep throat. My throat hurts right now when I swallow. I get strep throat every year around this time. This is my third year in a row. You will probably have a fever soon and a cold or  cough. Just go to your doctor. Haha I'm thirteen and I know this stuff.
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Two days ago I turned on the fan for the night in my parent's guest bedroom while visiting for the holidays. The two days after that I had this sore throat, and coughing up a lot of phlegm. However, last night I was laying on my back with the lights on and looked at the ceiling fan and saw it CAKED with dust that I didnt see when I turned it on the night before. I'm pretty sure case solved, and I will try the Ginger Tea. Thanks,
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You could have Strep Throat. That's exactally what mine did when I got Strep Throat
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You might got the swine flu, because when swine flu first started it was when your throat start hurting and when you swallow you might feel something is there, but there really isn't. If that happens to you, I would think it's time for you to go see the doctor.

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