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Throat Pain!!!

IS IT SINISTER?

Just like every other symptom throat pain could be a manifestation of a very small problem or be a part of the bigger problem. How to differentiate throat pain??

Do I have CANCER???

Am I dying???

Should I get investigated???

This is the most common query most of the people have when they have throat pain. Although throat pain is one of the many presenting complaints in patients of cancer it is not the only complaint.

In this article, I’ll try and cover a few aspects of throat pain since the whole topic is very vast everything could not be discussed here.

Most of the times throat pain is accompanied with cold, cough, fever, nasal discharge etc.it’s usually present at season change. It could be accompanied with an earache or ear discharge too. These symptoms usually have a very short history, for 2-5 days. They are most of the times due to Flu, Acute Pharyngitis, AcuteTonsillitis etc.

FLU:

Season of Flu is coming now so try and get vaccinated. The vaccination is for one year and is for few strains of flu only but still, it’s worth it. It is essential for children since they get in touch with other children in schools/ play schools crèche and acquire infections very frequently.

If symptoms are getting worst with medication then do get yourself investigated for swine flu.  Any symptom which lasts more than 1 week with medications requires immediate attention. Don’t be lazy and get yourself investigated. Denial doesn’t help get you better.

ACUTE PHARYNGITIS:

It’s a very common disease especially at the time of season change. it is caused by infection of Pharyngeal wall. Though a very painful condition, It is easily treated by taking antibiotics if it’s not accompanied by any complications like Acute Laryngitis, Acute Bronchitis etc.

ACUTE TONSILLITIS:

It is a disease most commonly diagnosed by everyone when they have throat pain. So I’ll discuss it in details here. Tonsils are enlarged at times during infective episode but they are not always involved. So kindly do not associate every throat pain with tonsillitis, since it’s one out of plethora of diseases present.

Tonsils are part of the reactive mechanism of body which gets enlarged to counteract the attack. So as long as possible they should be conserved, but at times due to repetitive attacks tonsils starts harboring the pathogens and they become the cause of infection. In such cases they should be removed to eradicated the infective source from body.

After repetitive tonsillitis attack only one should consider tonsillectomy (surgical removal of tonsils)

After mentioning the most common diseases of this season I’d like to make a flowchart to help you out in differentiating the symptoms. Though it’s a very simplified form and it has many gaps that has to be filled, this will give you a general idea before approaching your doctor.

Rest detailed information could be acquired after the definitive diagnosis is formed by your doctor.

Few sinister symptoms with chronic throat pain are:

  • Change in Voice
  • Difficulty in swallowing/ inability to eat
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Ear ache
  • Food sticking to throat
  • Neck swelling
  • Weight loss/ loss of appetite

Consult your doctor when in doubt they’re there to help you out.

Internet increases your knowledge but the best judgment could only be made after relevant examinations and investigations only.

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So no matter how detailed explanation of diseases Internet provides you it still doesn’t replace doctor’s check-ups.

Feel free to ask anything, queries would be answered to the best of my knowledge.

Be Healthy.

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13 thoughts on “Throat Pain!!!”

  1. This is all so scary when you see the visuals. Only when you read the post properly, you know how helpful the information is!
    Thanks for sharing this one Doc.. 🙂

    UK

  2. A truthful post! With easy access to knowledge on interner, we all tend to be researchers. But, it’s better to have a doctor’s advice rather than misdiagnosis.

  3. Throat pain is mostly associated with seasonal change and cold but we have to keep an eye on the symptoms to avoid any serious risk.

  4. One of my cousins often feels pain in throat specially during season change..would make her read this article..she takes medicines on her own instead of going to the doctor..she needs to read this out..

  5. This post explains all about throat pain in an understandable way. Many take medicines thinking the throat pain is the common one, but this is not right. Consulting doctor for throat pain is must as it has many variations.

    Cheers
    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

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