What other symptoms might occur with throat symptoms?

Throat symptoms may accompany other symptoms in other body systems or areas. Additional symptoms can vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition, such as with infections, allergies, and certain digestive diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Symptoms of infection that can occur with throat symptoms

Infectious diseases, such as the common cold, flu, strep throat, and sinusitis, can cause other symptoms that occur with throat symptoms including:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise
  • Sneezing and stuffy or runny nose, often with green or yellow-colored discharge
  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes, typically on the sides of the neck
  • Watery eyes

Symptoms of allergies that can occur with throat symptoms

Allergies can cause other symptoms that occur with throat symptoms including:

  • Bad breath
  • Eye redness
  • Itching of the nose or ears
  • Postnasal drip
  • Rash
  • Sneezing and stuffy or runny nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes

Symptoms of digestive conditions that can occur with throat symptoms

Certain conditions of the digestive system, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn, can cause symptoms that may occur with throat symptoms, such as sore throat and burning in the throat. Symptoms related to digestive disorders may include:

  • Chronic cough

  • Heartburn

  • Indigestion

  • Pain in the middle of the chest or stomach

  • Sour taste in the mouth

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Some throat symptoms, such as throat swelling, choking, difficulty swallowing, or an inability to swallow are potentially life threatening. In addition, throat symptoms may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:

  • Bluish discoloration of the lips, nails, and possibly the skin

  • Difficulty or inability to speak

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, gasping, choking, or stridor (a high-pitched breathing sound)

  • Swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, mouth or face

  • Unexplained change in level of consciousness or alertness


What are the signs of throat problems?

Symptoms of the throat, or pharynx, include a variety of abnormal or unusual sensations or problems of the throat. Your throat is a tube that begins at the back of the mouth and transports air to your trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box). The throat also delivers food to the esophagus, which is connected to the stomach. In addition, the throat contains the epiglottis, which prevents the in... Read more about throat symptomsintroduction


What causes throat symptoms?

Throat symptoms may be caused by a wide array of conditions, including infectious diseases, allergies, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Certain types of head and neck cancers may also cause throat symptoms that include difficulty swallowing, sore throat, and ... Read more about throat symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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