Hurts to Swallow

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  • Burning in the throat when I drink

  • Throat feels burnt when I drink

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Pain while swallowing most often occurs when there is inflammation of the throat or surrounding structures, including inflammation of the oesophagus.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Pain when swallowing

Possible causes

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

    Infection of the tonsils and pharynx (back of the mouth), either by viruses or bacteria.

  • Suppurative lymphadenitis

  • Retropharyngeal abscess

    A retropharyngeal abscess is uncommon but potentially life-threatening. It is an infection that forms behind the back wall of the throat.

  • Crohn's disease
  • Burn/scald of roof of mouth

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have pain when swallowing food?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have a runny nose?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

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