Pain Over The Adam's Apple Symptom, Causes & Questions

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

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.

Rarity: Rare

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

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?

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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 .

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