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Should I get tested for strep throat?

My boyfriend just got diagnosed with Strep throat. His symptoms showed up Tuesday-Wednesday and I last saw him on Sunday. Now my throat hurts, but I'm also hungover. Should I get tested for strep? I'm paranoid because my tonsils are extremely reactive so when I get a throat infection it can get really really bad.
posted by bengalibelle on May 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Dad (early 70s) is making weird sounds constantly. What could it be?

After some prolonged time with dear old dad in the car recently, I noticed he constantly makes weird little sounds and vocalizations when things are quiet. I don't think he has any idea he's doing this. What gives? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jan 21, 2016 - 21 answers

Oh My God, Please Stop That!

I have to be in class for 6 hours with someone who is doing something that drives me beetles. What can I do to make class bearable? [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Nov 10, 2015 - 27 answers

Silent reflux, in my head, or both?

I've posted about my adventures in health before. I have a clusterfuck of reflux symptoms but most tests--not all--are coming back normal. I met with a surgeon today, after my most recent test came back normal, and he said there was nothing they could do. I'm at a loss and wondering if any of it could be psychological. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Nov 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Can anyone tell me about F Throat?

My 17-year-old daughter started getting a sore throat Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning she was pretty miserable--couldn't swallow without extreme pain (like literally crying), sore neck/lymph nodes, lots of sinus congestion. [more inside]
posted by chaoticgood on Aug 20, 2015 - 25 answers

Do you have any experience with a non-malignant growth in your throat?

Mr.K has a growth in his throat. When he went to an ENT clinic, two months ago, the doctor looked at it, said he had no idea what it was but was sure it wasn't cancer (didn't do a biopsy). In the last 3 days it has doubled in size. Mr.K has an appointment on Thursday, but is wondering if he should be considering the ER. I can't even do online research on this; all I get is info about throat cancer. Any personal experience out there? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jul 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Ow ow ow my throat. Will a GP do anything? (UK)

In London for a couple weeks. New & painful sore throat. Does anyone routinely test for bacterial strep here? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 18, 2014 - 9 answers

How worried should I be about my voice?

How worried should I be that I'm losing my voice? My voice started sounding crackly and husky on Monday and has got worse and worse over the week. I am a personal trainer and singer, so I rely on my voice. I have no pain and no symptoms of being unwell. Is there anything it could be besides vocal nodules? Should I visit my GP? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Oct 3, 2014 - 11 answers

The Drugs Don't Work - Sanitorium in the UK

Does anyone have any recommendations or knowledge of convalescent homes in the UK? My brother has just undergone some seriously brutal radiotherapy and cancer treatment for throat cancer. He's been out of the hospital for a few weeks and is now at my parents, but it looks like it could be a very slow road to recovery. He currently can't eat or drink, is very nauseous, at risk of dehydration all the time. [more inside]
posted by stevedawg on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Throat of Steel

Whenever I get the slightest bit sick, I always feel it first in my throat. Having an itchy throat where it hurts to swallow is no fun, and this extended winter we've been having has been no help! I treat it with plenty of water, honey lemon ginger tea, and cough drops, of course, but I'm wondering whether there's anything I can do preemptively to keep my throat from being less vulnerable. If you used to have a tender, wimpy throat that now weathers stress and rapid changes in temperature like a champ, I'd love to hear what you changed (be it food, vitamins, habits, or something else entirely)!
posted by estlin on Mar 3, 2014 - 17 answers

How to soothe a dry cough?

What's the best, travel-friendly way to soothe a dry, post-flu cough? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 20, 2014 - 22 answers

I know that YANMVC (You are not my vocal coach), but . . .

I have been singing more - again! - recently. I've always loved to sing, but I haven't done it any organized way since high school. I warm up, I've read about proper vocal technique, but I am clearly doing something wrong because my throat is starting to feel tight. Help! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jan 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Feeling exhausted?

I'm curious if anyone else has a specific place in their body where they feel tired. If I'm quite underslept, I have what I believe are standard feelings of leaden limbs and blurry, burning eyes, but I also have a specifically localized feeling that's hard to describe, in the back of my throat, in the pharynx. It just feels thick and very, very tired back there. I'm not sure why I feel exhaustion in this manner--can anyone speculate or enlighten me?
posted by DrMew on Sep 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Red bumps on the roof of my mouth?

I noticed red bumps on the roof of my mouth and one on each side of my throat I took a video of it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arPZ5kERdVQ what is the cause of it?
posted by john123357 on Aug 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Boric acid use by doctors

I went to the ear nose and throat doctor today for a ear problem and he "puffed" boric acid powder into my ears that was in a clear glass bottle with a metal horizontal straw that puffed the white powder. Is this usually pure boric acid powder or do they dilute it with cornstarch or baby powder or something. It seems like it would be too strong to use the pure stuff but what do I know.
posted by john123357 on Jul 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Want to sing, but without the pain.

I've had a long term singing problem that has been difficult to solve. I have been to a medical voice clinic and had some of the fancy tests and vocal cord images, and I will be going back, but I have a new idea to float to the MD and I wonder if anyone has encountered this issue. [more inside]
posted by shimmer on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

When I drink water a little keeps going into my lungs?

I noticed the last couple days almost every time a take a sip of water a little goes down the wrong hole into my lungs and makes me cough. What is wrong with me? I should mention I have acid reflux but I have had it for over a year now with nothing like this happening.
posted by john123357 on Apr 5, 2013 - 18 answers

I handled electrical tape and now my throat really hurts. WTF?

I was taping an ethernet cord over my doorframe with vinyl electrical tape. I can't find the label, but I remember it had a warning saying that the tape contains chemicals that the state of California recognizes to cause cancer. After maybe ten minutes of futzing with it (and breathing), I have a minor headache, my throat hurts a lot, and breathing feels weird and cold. Page 2 of this document warns about fumes from molten electrical tape, but I didn't heat it. Was the warning label accurate? I can't find any scientific info online. Should I take this stuff down from my walls, or will it be OK now that I'm no longer actively handling it?
posted by randomname25 on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Numbness? Difficulty Swallowing? Shortness of Breath?!?!

Numbness? Difficulty Swallowing? Shortness of Breath?!?! [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Feb 1, 2013 - 22 answers

Have jittery feeling in throat. Have seen 3 clinicians, now what?

Medical Issue: I have a subtle jittery/ticking sensation in my throat and I've seen a doctor and 2 PAs and no one seems to know what is going on. What should be my next steps? Important details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

What's wrong with my taste buds?

Had a weird, persistent sweet taste at the back of my mouth for a few hours now. I don't even like sweets. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Nov 1, 2012 - 8 answers

why do I have a sore throat?

why is my throat dry and scratchy? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Sep 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Swallowing issues and health insurance.

Throat/swallowing annoyances, and navigating the health insurance industry. What should I say, and how nervous should I be? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Sep 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Chicken versus egg versus back pain

Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Throat pain

I have a pain in my upper chest, presumably in my esophagus. How urgent a medical condition is this, and which doctor should I see? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Have I got the throat lurgey?

My boyfriend has just been diagnosed with a severe bacterial throat infection. How likely is it that I also have it? [more inside]
posted by fight or flight on Jul 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Lump in Throat - Mystery - Help.

Sense of Strangulation in Throat [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Raindrops keep fallin' [in] my head

Sometimes when I sit at a strange angle or practice bad posture I hear a faint dripping sound, like a leaky faucet, coming from inside my throat, slightly to the right of my windpipe. It dissipates after a while on its own. Now what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 19, 2012 - 3 answers

What are these red bumps in the back of my throat?

Red bumps in the back of my throat. And yet I'm not sick. What is it? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Feb 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Throat Specialist needed in Metro Detroit with a specialization in vocal loss

I am looking for a Throat and vocal specialist in the Metro Detroit area. [more inside]
posted by eve28 on Feb 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Being supportive at home and from a distance

My sweet boyfriend's dearest friend has been diagnosed with Hodgikn's Lymphoma. Last time we saw him he was complaining about a lump in this throat, and saying they didn't know what it was but not to worry, he was probably just getting over an infection. Typical blase doctors, oh yeah forgot to mention, he is five years into a ten year prison sentence for some youthful foolishness. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

YANMD, but please help me figure out how to fix this thing (without insurance) anyhow?

For a week now I've had this pressure/pulsing discomfort in my neck around my carotid area. It's not my throat; it is definitely related to my pulse somehow. The doctor I saw doesn't know what's wrong; who should I see/what should I do now? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Mystery Choking

Why does Mr. Llama's throat close up when he's eating? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 1, 2011 - 21 answers

I'm not asthmatic but I'm having trouble breathing

In the past week or so, I've developed a tightness in my throat that makes breathing very uncomfortable. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Aug 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Anyone have a similar throat issue?

Anyone have any experience with Eagle Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by ghharr on Jul 27, 2011 - 0 answers

Hairy phlegm?

Why is there hair in my phlegm? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg on Jun 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Help ease my post tonsillectomy pain!

Post-Tonsillectomy Question: Any tips on making swallowing liquids/solid foods easier, sooner? [more inside]
posted by smitt on May 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Is 'throat malfunction' a thing?

Can throat muscles weaken or stop working? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Apr 20, 2011 - 17 answers

What's up with my throat?

So I have been having this certain situation on and off for 8 years now. But lately, started last year, it looks like there's additional other discomfort added in my body. I am talking about my throat. I have this discomfort wherein I always feel the need to remove something from my throat, like phlegm or something. It's not actually painful, it's just annoying. And when I do so, sometimes there's some phlegm that comes out and sometimes, none at all. The phlegm that's coming out is also thicker and stickier than the normal ones we have when we are coughing or something. Right now, my neck is itchy also (as well as below my eyes) and like I said, it's uncomfortable because I feel as if there's something in my throat. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg on Mar 29, 2011 - 17 answers

Periodic symptoms

Every 3-4 months I get a scratchy throat, swollen tonsils, and mild postnasal drip which lasts about five days. Is this possibly due to mold in my damp, poorly ventilated apartment? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 28, 2011 - 11 answers

A-hem! A-Hem!

Which doctor do I look for regarding throat issues? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Throat clearing

Why is he always clearing his throat? My boyfriend is constantly clearing his throat, multiple times a day and I'm really concerned. What's wrong with him? He won't see a doctor and just says he's phlegmy.
posted by grak88 on Feb 23, 2011 - 33 answers

Oh, for crying out loud, what now?

Weird new malady showing up after nearly a month of being sick. And here I thought I was getting well! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jan 31, 2011 - 17 answers

Burp burp.

I have a difficulty burping which started several days ago and last night, it became worst and I ended up not being able to sleep until 3AM. What could be wrong? I still feel it- it is not really that painful but it is uncomfortable. I feel bloated at the same time, and I feel as if food are stuck in my throat or something and I feel like am being choked. I do not smoke, I drink very rarely. Please help me.
posted by LittleMissItneg on Nov 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Please rip out my esophagus.

What, if anything, is wrong with my throat and how, if at all, can I treat it? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Sep 28, 2010 - 15 answers

What kind of doctor do I need to see?

You are not a doctor, but you can hopefully help me determine which kind I need to go to. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

What do I do about this neck/throat thing?

Help me figure out my next step with this weird neck/throat problem I'm having... [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Sep 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Should I stop taking Flonase when I have a cold?

Should I stop taking Flonase when I have a cold? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 7, 2010 - 8 answers

To burp, alas...

I can't burp (manually or otherwise) and so frequently feel awful/bloated/nauseous after meals. What is this? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on May 19, 2010 - 8 answers


Recently when I've been asleep at night, I will wake up choking on a lump in my throat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2010 - 19 answers

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