Tightness in the throat has many possible causes. It may be constant or intermittent and can range from mild to severe. Tightness in the throat may not indicate anything too serious. In some situations, however, emergency treatment should be sought, especially if accompanied by breathing difficulties or trouble swallowing. Allergies are typically more serious than intolerances. They occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies something, such as a food or pollen allergen, as a threat to the body.
A year-old woman with no significant past medical history presented with a two-day history of sore throat, which had worsened progressively over the previous six hours, with associated odynophagia. No symptoms of recent fever or chills were present. She had been unable to obtain relief from over-the-counter medications, because she could not swallow pills. She was, however, able to swallow secretions without difficulty. On examination, she was noted to be sitting upright and breathing without tachypnea, retractions or stridor.
Pericarditis is an inflammation redness and swelling of the thin, protective membrane that surrounds the heart, and keeps it in its proper anatomic location. The thin, loose tissue will allow the heart to change in size, and move with each heartbeat. Inflammation of this membrane may cause chest pain. Your doctor or healthcare provider may prescribe certain drugs to help your heart muscle work more effectively, or to control your symptoms of pericarditis. These may include:.
This website translates English to other languages using an automated tool. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Pleurisy, also known as pleuritis, is swelling of the thin lining around the chest cavity and lungs, also known as the pleura. This lining creates a smooth surface so the lungs glide easily in the chest while breathing. When the lining swells, the lungs rub painfully against the chest, causing swelling and chest pain.