Painful Swallowing: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis
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What causes pain on swallowing? 11 possible conditions

Painful swallowing is relatively common and experienced by people of all ages from time to time. This symptom can be caused by anything from a throat infection to a toothache. Difficulty swallowing along with pain is generally the sign of an infection or an... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Strep Throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria.

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2

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils (the lymph tissue in your throat) become infected. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, and swollen tonsils. Fortunately, it's normally easily diagnosed and treated.

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3

Types of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux symptoms are caused when stomach contents flow up from the stomach back into the esophagus, causing symptoms like heartburn, stomach pain, and burping.

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4

Esophagitis

Esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus that can be caused by acid reflux or certain medications. You may develop a sore throat or heartburn.

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5

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush occurs when a yeast infection develops inside your mouth. It's marked by white lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks, gums, palate, and/or tonsils.

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6

Sore Throat

A sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. You may have difficulty swallowing food and liquids, and increased pain when you swallow.

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7

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer occurs when a malignant (cancerous) tumor forms in the lining of the esophagus, which is the muscular tube responsible for moving food from the throat to the stomach. As the cancer grows, it can affec...

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8

CMV Esophagitis

CMV (cytomegalovirus) esophagitis is an infection of the esophagus. A common virus triggers it.

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9

Herpes Esophagitis

Herpes esophagitis is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The infection can cause some chest pain and difficulty swallowing.

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10

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that affects the throat and nose. Find information on diphtheria symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

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Temporal Arteritis

Temporal arteritis occurs when the temporal arteries, which supply blood to the head and brain, become inflamed or damaged. It's also called giant cell arteritis.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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