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Unexplained throat swelling & difficulty swallowing

  • Posted By: my6buttercups
  • May 28, 2008
  • 02:08 AM

In the middle of last month I started the week (Monday) with a sore throat. By the middle of the week I was diagnosed with a double ear infection. I was put on augmentin and had been taking it for five days without getting any better. On the following Monday my sore throat had returned. The following day I had a hard time talking. It seemed like I need to clear my throat or had too much phlegm. Because my throat was sore again I was drinking alot of water. I also was taking over the counter throat lozenges. At around 10:30 in the morning I took a swallow of water and then my throat closed. I couldn't swallow anymore and was struggling for breath. I was taken by the ambulance to the hospital. I was given benadryl, epinephrine, and several other drugs. The doctors told me that I had had an anaphylactic reaction to the augmentin. (I had never been allergic to antibiotics before.) I didn't have any rash and my tongue wasn't swollen.

X-ray's were taken and it did show swelling in my throat, down my esophagus. I stayed over night and the next day an ENT doctor performed a scope up my nose and down my throat to see if there was anything else going on. There was still swelling but my airway was not blocked. I was released from the hospital and put on a 5-day course or Prednisone.

I thought that would be the end of it but three weeks later I started to have trouble swallowing again. I went to see an allergist. Another scope was done up my nose and down my throat. Yep, there was definately swelling. The allergist wasn't so sure that what I had had in the hospital was actually an anaphylactic reaction. She thought that maybe it was related to GERD. I was given a referral to a Gastro specialist. Before I had a chance to see the specialist I had another episode with my throat. This time the doctor put me on another course of Prednisone.

I have met with the specialist and they aren't too sure that it is GERD related either. They are going to do an endoscopy in a couple of weeks. I take protonix (40mg) twice a day for my GERD. I don't have the typical heartburn symptoms. A lot of times when I wake up in the morning my throat is sore and feels "tired". If I talk too much then my voice seems to go in and out.

Does anyone else have symptoms like these? Any ideas what could be causing this?

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  • Hello I have had a similar condition for the last 2 years, had lots of tests done and was just about to go see yet another specialist next week but lucky I think I just figured it out. These last few years I have become severly allergic to preservatives I have to watch everything I eat, make sure it's preservative free otherwise I get a migraine. I'm not sure what I was reading on the internet but I came across an article about perfume and deodorants containing a lot of preservatives and than I remembered that about the time my sore throat started I had just purchased a new perfume from Avon. So I thought maybe I should stop using it and see how I go. Voila my sore throat is gone.Conclusion , I cannot have preservatives anywhere near my body .Not inside or outside. I hope this info helps you too as I know how annoying it could be when no one can tell you what is wrong with you.Good Luck RitaIn the middle of last month I started the week (Monday) with a sore throat. By the middle of the week I was diagnosed with a double ear infection. I was put on augmentin and had been taking it for five days without getting any better. On the following Monday my sore throat had returned. The following day I had a hard time talking. It seemed like I need to clear my throat or had too much phlegm. Because my throat was sore again I was drinking alot of water. I also was taking over the counter throat lozenges. At around 10:30 in the morning I took a swallow of water and then my throat closed. I couldn't swallow anymore and was struggling for breath. I was taken by the ambulance to the hospital. I was given benadryl, epinephrine, and several other drugs. The doctors told me that I had had an anaphylactic reaction to the augmentin. (I had never been allergic to antibiotics before.) I didn't have any rash and my tongue wasn't swollen. X-ray's were taken and it did show swelling in my throat, down my esophagus. I stayed over night and the next day an ENT doctor performed a scope up my nose and down my throat to see if there was anything else going on. There was still swelling but my airway was not blocked. I was released from the hospital and put on a 5-day course or Prednisone. I thought that would be the end of it but three weeks later I started to have trouble swallowing again. I went to see an allergist. Another scope was done up my nose and down my throat. Yep, there was definately swelling. The allergist wasn't so sure that what I had had in the hospital was actually an anaphylactic reaction. She thought that maybe it was related to GERD. I was given a referral to a Gastro specialist. Before I had a chance to see the specialist I had another episode with my throat. This time the doctor put me on another course of Prednisone. I have met with the specialist and they aren't too sure that it is GERD related either. They are going to do an endoscopy in a couple of weeks. I take protonix (40mg) twice a day for my GERD. I don't have the typical heartburn symptoms. A lot of times when I wake up in the morning my throat is sore and feels "tired". If I talk too much then my voice seems to go in and out. Does anyone else have symptoms like these? Any ideas what could be causing this?
    cajohn 4 Replies
    • October 28, 2010
    • 00:17 PM
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  • Hello I have had a similar condition for the last 2 years, had lots of tests done and was just about to go see yet another specialist next week but lucky I think I just figured it out. These last few years I have become severly allergic to preservatives I have to watch everything I eat, make sure it's preservative free otherwise I get a migraine. I'm not sure what I was reading on the internet but I came across an article about perfume and deodorants containing a lot of preservatives and than I remembered that about the time my sore throat started I had just purchased a new perfume from Avon. So I thought maybe I should stop using it and see how I go. Voila my sore throat is gone.Conclusion , I cannot have preservatives anywhere near my body .Not inside or outside. I hope this info helps you too as I know how annoying it could be when no one can tell you what is wrong with you.Good Luck RitaIn the middle of last month I started the week (Monday) with a sore throat. By the middle of the week I was diagnosed with a double ear infection. I was put on augmentin and had been taking it for five days without getting any better. On the following Monday my sore throat had returned. The following day I had a hard time talking. It seemed like I need to clear my throat or had too much phlegm. Because my throat was sore again I was drinking alot of water. I also was taking over the counter throat lozenges. At around 10:30 in the morning I took a swallow of water and then my throat closed. I couldn't swallow anymore and was struggling for breath. I was taken by the ambulance to the hospital. I was given benadryl, epinephrine, and several other drugs. The doctors told me that I had had an anaphylactic reaction to the augmentin. (I had never been allergic to antibiotics before.) I didn't have any rash and my tongue wasn't swollen. X-ray's were taken and it did show swelling in my throat, down my esophagus. I stayed over night and the next day an ENT doctor performed a scope up my nose and down my throat to see if there was anything else going on. There was still swelling but my airway was not blocked. I was released from the hospital and put on a 5-day course or Prednisone. I thought that would be the end of it but three weeks later I started to have trouble swallowing again. I went to see an allergist. Another scope was done up my nose and down my throat. Yep, there was definately swelling. The allergist wasn't so sure that what I had had in the hospital was actually an anaphylactic reaction. She thought that maybe it was related to GERD. I was given a referral to a Gastro specialist. Before I had a chance to see the specialist I had another episode with my throat. This time the doctor put me on another course of Prednisone. I have met with the specialist and they aren't too sure that it is GERD related either. They are going to do an endoscopy in a couple of weeks. I take protonix (40mg) twice a day for my GERD. I don't have the typical heartburn symptoms. A lot of times when I wake up in the morning my throat is sore and feels "tired". If I talk too much then my voice seems to go in and out. Does anyone else have symptoms like these? Any ideas what could be causing this?
    cajohn 4 Replies
    • October 28, 2010
    • 00:24 PM
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  • I wonder if this is called silent reflux. I incur the same symptoms with my ear on one side,swollen lymph node, sore throat from the reflux plus problems with my teeth...I believe the reflux causes dysphagia and a sepsis infection in the blood stream over time. If anyone is still reading this thread and has new info,please reply.
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