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Suffering from sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, taken Aspirin. Cause for this symptoms?

I have had a sore throat for about 5 days now [starting Wednesday], and it feels like it s on the right side of my throat. Initially, it hurt to swallow, and I thought it would go away in a couple of days like sore throats normally do. When it hadn t gone away by Friday, I started doing the saltwater gargling regimen, drinking tea, and drinking hot water with honey . However, by Saturday, it still hadn t gotten any better. Saturday night though, it got worse and my throat started hurting when I wasn t swallowing . I actually woke up at 2am because something in my lower jaw seemed to be hurting. It felt like the nerve was hurting. This morning, I woke up and the back of my tongue seemed to be hurting, but after being up for about 30 minutes, it doesn t hurt when I m not swallowing and my tongue/nerve has stopped hurting. I haven t taken any medications except for a couple of aspirin yesterday to see if it would do anything for the pain, but it didn t. I am NOT experiencing any other symptoms. No fever [that I can tell], no coughing, no pain when I do cough occasionally, no runny nose, no headaches, no pain chewing, no pain touching my neck anywhere, no earache [although sometimes I feel like I might be feeling something in my right ear, but I can t tell if that s just mental], no pain when I yawn. It doesn t feel like this is improving, and if anything, is getting worse as time goes on, so if it hasn t improved by tomorrow, I guess I will see about making an appointment with a doctor. [yay for jumping hoops with health providers! ugh.] My question is, does anyone know what it could be if I have a sore throat and pain swallowing, but no other symptoms? And should I go see a doctor even if it improves a little bit by tomorrow? To recap, symptoms are: -Pain when swallowing Symptoms I do NOT have: -no fever -no runny nose -no cough -no pain when I do cough occasionally -no pain chewing -no pain when I touch my neck, throat, or jaw -no earache [I think] -no other body aches Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Hello and welcome to health care magic. Thanks for your query

As per your description it seems like you are having upper respiratory tract infection. Could be tonsillitis.

It could be due to viral infection , which will subside by just supportive measures like proper hydration, with plenty of oral fluids, bed rest and Paracetamol tablet for fever.
As you are already doing salt water gargling, that will help to reduce the inflammation and congestion of your throat so you continue to do it.

Sometimes secondary bacterial infection may worsen the symptoms even after above mentioned supportive measure in such cases its recommended to consult physician to start of With appropriate antibiotics.

As you are already taking painkiller the inflammation will come down with some pain relief
I would suggest you to consult a physician to look into your throat , and to start of with appropriate antibiotics.
Sometimes conditions like peritonsillar abcess ( quinsy), which is infection of floor of tonsils which may need surgical drainage. So consult a doctor to make a proper diagnosis and treat.

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