If the outside of your throat hurts, specifically the adam's apple, this may be caused by acute thyroiditis or inflammation of the epiglottis. Read below for more information on causes and how to relieve a sore adam's apple.
2 causes of pain over the Adam's apple
This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.
Acute thyroiditis is a rare inflammation of the thyroid gland caused by an infection, radiation, medication, or trauma.
Rarity: Ultra rare
Top Symptoms: sore throat, fever, being severely ill, hoarse voice, pain in the front of the neck
Symptoms that always occur with acute thyroiditis: pain in the front of the neck
Urgency: Hospital emergency room
Inflammation of the epiglottis
Epiglottitis is inflammation of the epiglottis, tissue that covers the trachea (windpipe), which helps prevent coughing or choking after swallowing. It is usually caused by the bacteria H. Influenzae but can also be caused by other bacteria or viruses that cause upper respiratory infections.
Top Symptoms: being severely ill, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, pain with swallowing
Symptoms that never occur with inflammation of the epiglottis: cough
Urgency: Emergency medical service
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Questions your doctor may ask about pain over the Adam's apple
- Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?
- Have you ever been told you have a heart valve problem?
- Have there been changes in your voice?
- Have you ever had a heart attack?
Self-diagnose with our free Buoy Assistant if you answer yes on any of these questions.
Pain over the Adam's apple symptom checker statistics
People who have experienced pain over the adam's apple have also experienced:
- 18% Sore Throat
- 9% Pain With Swallowing
- 7% Hoarse Voice
People who have experienced pain over the adam's apple were most often matched with:
- 53% Inflammation Of The Epiglottis
- 46% Acute Thyroiditis
People who have experienced pain over the adam's apple had symptoms persist for:
- 37% Less than a week
- 26% Less than a day
- 18% Over a month
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant.