Why Does It Hurt When I Swallow Or Yawn?

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Pain when swallowing or yawning may be a sign of infection. If you experience these symptoms, you should seek out medical care from a trained professional. Visiting a local clinic can be a wise strategy - a doctor can prescribe antibiotics or other medications to soothe pain and kill the infection. Sometimes, over the counter medicines and painkillers, such as ibuprofen, can be used to deal with the discomfort of painful swallowing or yawning. However, these painkillers may simply mask the symptoms - the infection or root cause of painful swallowing or yawning will need to be addressed in order to solve the problem. Occasionally, fevers and other side effects can accompany painful swallowing and yawning - you should also be careful that you are not dehydrated due to illness, as this can be quite dangerous. Drinking lots of fluids may help to flush out germs and soothe your throat pain. Salt water gargling can also be an effective antiseptic that eases pain and cleans the throat - this home remedy is proven to be effective and safe for most people, and it is very inexpensive. Simply add some table salt or sea salt to a bit of warm water, gargle, and spit out...

Seeing a doctor is always the wisest course of action when it hurts to yawn or swallow; illnesses such as strep throat or severe flu viruses can be very dangerous when left untreated. However, these illnesses are easily soothed and eliminated with the right drugs and treatment. Rest may also help you to recover from the fatigue that often goes along with sore throats and painful swallowing. Be sure to treat yourself well and get proper hydration and nutrition as you fight your illness. In children, illnesses can be more draining and more serious; if your child exhibits these symptoms, don't wait to take them to the Emergency room or clinic - it's very important that they receive proper care as soon as possible, just in case.
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I am replying to your question about hurting when you swallow or yawn. My guess would be a sinus infection or strep throat! I'm no doctor, but I have experienced the same thing and that's what it came down to be. If you're not sure, I'd see a doctor! :)
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Well, I'm starting to believe that I pulled a muscle in my tongue. Because it only hurts on the left side of my mouth, and if I stretch my tongue to the other side, the side it doesn't hurt on, it hurts less. So, I think it has something to do with that o.O
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You could be right. Have you thought about tonsilitis? How would you pull a muscle in your tongue anyway? I was just curious, because I've actually never heard of that. My opinion would be no matter the case, I'd see a doctor if I were you. I do know if you have an infection like strep or tonsillitis, etc., it won't go away with antibiotic. If it does, it will come right back, because I didn't get it taken care of one time and I thought it had gone away and it came back within a couple days. Its up to you though. You should definitely see a doc though! :)
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Well, mine more involves why does it hurt to eat and yawn. The reason being is that maybe you have an ear infection. First, if you or your child has been swimming, pour rubbing alcohol in your or your child's ear. If that's not the case, go see your family doctor to see what he/she recommends.
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Yea, I have the same symptoms.. But it also hurts to talk and blow my nose... Any ideas?

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Your epiglottis may be infected. Go see your doctor.  
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As men get older our glands reduce in size because of less hormones, stress and fatigue. Most older men, whom are skinny, are in fact dehydrated. Drinking is almost a forced action to hydrate. This gland is second part of digestion. We start to eat less meals and snacks, thus creating less work, use it or loose it. I notice if I exercise regular and force the water in me it goes away. But if you don't the body will start shutting down and conserve to reduce in needed extras. Force the water, work out hard-allways drink huge amounts of water when you work out, it will all ways save you from injury. Body 75% water, Blood 90%, water. Most soldiers die on the field from dehydration, especially if they bleed. Think boys!
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Mine sometimes hurts like that too, its really painful, like I've pulled a muscle or something. It only lasts for a few minutes though, really strange feeling. I have no idea what it is or what causes it?

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