Feeling of a Lump in The Throat Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your feeling of a lump in the throat symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: frog in my throat

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Contents

  1. 10 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

10 Possible Feeling Of A Lump In The Throat Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced feeling of a lump in the throat. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Viral throat infection

A viral throat infection is an infection of the throat, or pharynx, that is caused by viruses. Viruses are different from bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenes (which causes "strep throat"). Viral infections are the most common cause of sore throats in children and adu...

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Strep throat requiring throat swab

Strep throat, or "strep," is a sore throat specifically caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, also called group A streptococcus.

The illness spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and then someone else inhales the airborne bacteria, or touches a surface where it has landed and then touches their own face.

Children are most susceptible but anyone can be infected.

Symptoms include sudden throat pain, fever, headache, rash, body aches, and red, swollen tonsils. These symptoms can be caused by other illnesses, so a sample is taken by gently rubbing a sterile cotton-tipped swab over the back of the throat.

Testing will identify the organism responsible so that treatment with the appropriate antibiotic can begin. Be sure to finish all of the medication as directed, even after feeling better.

Untreated strep throat can lead to ear infections, kidney disease, scarlet fever, and rheumatic fever. These are serious illnesses. If strep throat is suspected, the person should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, nausea, sore throat, fever, rash

Symptoms that always occur with strep throat requiring throat swab: sore throat

Symptoms that never occur with strep throat requiring throat swab: general weakness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Acid reflux disease (gerd)

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in infants refers to the passage of stomach contents into the throat causing troublesome symptoms, such as feeding intolerance, inadequate oral intake of calories and/or poor weight gain. Vomiting or visible regurgitation ...

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Retropharyngeal abscess (adult)

Retropharyngeal abscess is a collection of pus in the tissues in the back of the throat. It is a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: sore throat, loss of appetite, fever, shortness of breath, being severely ill

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Overactive thyroid

The thyroid is a small, bow-tie shaped gland in your neck. Its main job is to produce thyroid hormone (known as T3 or T4), which serves a wide array of functions throughout the body.

When too much thyroid hormone is released, the body’s metabolism gets ramped up, causing symptoms ...

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Esophagitis

Esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food from the mouth to stomach. Symptoms include painful, difficult swallowing and chest pain.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Barrett's esophagus

Barrett esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the esophagus changes. These changes occur after longstanding gastro-esophageal reflux. Symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux can be regurgitation, heartburn. Barretts esophagus is associated with a risk of developing malignant esophageal disease.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: nausea, regurgitation, heartburn, sore throat, dry cough

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Achalasia

Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. This condition affects the ability of the esophagus to move food into the stomach.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: pain below the ribs, regurgitation, unintentional weight loss, heartburn, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Autoimmune inflammation of the esophagus

This condition, officially known as eosinophilic esophagitis, occurs when a certain type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the lining of the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. The buildup leads to inflammation of the tissue, causing pain and difficulty swallowing.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: chest pain, trouble swallowing, burning chest pain, feeling of a lump in the throat, trouble swallowing solids

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Laryngeal cancer

Laryngeal cancer typically develops from the cells of the topmost layer of the vocal cord area. It can be caused by using tobacco products or drinking excessively.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: shortness of breath, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, pain with swallowing

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Feeling Of A Lump In The Throat

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have heartburn?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you burp up food or liquids after a meal?
  • Have you experienced any nausea?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Feeling Of A Lump In The Throat Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced feeling of a lump in the throat have also experienced:

  • 6% Sore Throat
  • 4% Nausea
  • 3% Tight, Heavy, Squeezing Chest Pain

People who have experienced feeling of a lump in the throat were most often matched with:

  • 50% Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab
  • 37% Acid Reflux Disease (Gerd)
  • 12% Viral Throat Infection

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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