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  • Swelling of the tonsils

  • I have pharyngeal edema

  • Swelling of the throat is worse on one side

  • My uvula leaning to one side or the other

  • Tonsils are stretched

  • Asymmetric deviation of the uvula

  • Unilateral tonsillar swelling

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Throat swelling is referring to the swelling in the back of the throat between the tonsils and the voice box. It can be uncomfortable, causing a sore throat or tightness.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Throat swelling

Possible Causes

  • Angioedema

    Swelling of the eyes, lips or other parts of the body, due to an allergic reaction. Triggers usually include external allergens like nuts, crustaceans, bee stings and drugs. However, in some cases this condition may be genetic and inherited in the family.

  • Retropharyngeal abscess

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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 throat swelling?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have a runny nose?

  • Do you have phlegm?

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