By Tyler Christopher
What is throat pain
Throat pain is a result of inflammation or cancerous destruction in the throat (pharynx and larynx). Initially, the symptoms are felt as often throat discomfort, later the throat pain occur when swallowing, eating, coughing, talking, still later throat pain is severe, sustained, and can radiate to the ear and head.
Causes of throat pain
Throat pain is one of symptoms of throat, affecting pharynx, larynx, vocal cord. Many diseases can cause sore throat. The most common cause is pharyngitis, that is a painful, inflammatory infection of the mucosa lining the pharynx. Other upper respiratory tract infections are also very common causes for pain in throat (pharynx and larynx), such as cold, laryngitis, herpetic angina, pharyngoconjunctival fever. In addition to the sore throat, the patients also often have dry throat, burning sensation, throat itching, foreign body sensation in the throat. Acute inflammatory infection can be completely cured, and sore throat symptoms vanish. Chronic inflammations are often persistently unhealed.
Throat cancer and throat pain
Like all other cancers causing pain, the throat cancer, especially supraglottic throat cancer, can also result in pain in throat (sore throat). The cancerous throat pain is a result of the throat cancer destroying normal tissue of pharynx, larynx and vocal cords, or ulcerations are formed in the surface of the throat cancer. Initially, there is only foreign body sensation in throat, throat discomfort; Later, patients feel a clear throat pain, that begins with swallowing and eating, talking, coughing; Still later, there is a painful dysphagia, and the throat pain becomes sharp, sustained, and can radiate to the head and ear on one side. Therefore, you have a burning, throat pain and ear pain.
In addition, patients with advanced throat cancer breathe in difficulty and feel a sense of suffocation.
If you have a chronic progressive sore throat, you should contact your doctor for examination, especially if you are smokers over 40 years of age.