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When I swallow my throat hurts only on the left side. Is this

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When I swallow my throat hurts only on the left side. Is this a sign of a sore throat.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Hello,

How long have you been having this symptom?
Do you have redness of the throat?
Fever?
Nasal congestion?
Cough?
Swollen glands?

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Since Friday,

 

I get the hot and cold feeling fron time to time.

 

No fever, a little nasal congestion, a dry cough , I don't believe I have swollen glands

Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information,

In answer to your question, you can have a sore throat on only one side.

In adults, most of the time sore throats are due to viral infections. If it persists more than 5-7 days or if you develop fever over 100.3, swollen glands, pus on the tonsils, difficulty swallowing or worsening symptoms then I would see your doctor for an exam.

Other things that can lead to a sore throat include acid reflux (heartburn) and postnasal drainage. If you have heartburn, try using tums or maalox and see if this makes a difference. If you have postnasal drainage, use a decongestant.

Other things you can use for your sore throat include ibuprofen, warm salt water gargles, warm and cold fluids and throat numbing sprays and lozenges.


Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have and I will be happy to discuss further,

Dr Abby

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