The left side of my throat hurts and it's swollen

Patient : The left side of my throat hurts and it's swollen. What does that mean
Doctor :   Hi. Thanks for your query. The commonest reasons for swelling and pain in the left side of the throat are: - Inflam ed lymph nodes; the cause can be a focus of infection in the oral cavity. - Thyroglossal cyst and such swellings; these are rare and have a specific history. I would advise you the following in such a situation: - Get an opinion of an ENT surgeon or a General Surgeon for clinical evaluation examination of the neck, oral cavity for focus of infection and have a probable diagnosis. - If the condition is acute, you have to get a course of an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicines, wait and watch and see the results. - I the condition resolves, get the treatment of the original cause. - If the condition does not resolve, you need further investigations of blood, urine, ultrasonography, FNAC to decide the cause and plan a proper treatment. I hope this answers your query; please feel free to ask for further.

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