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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Feeling of a Lump in the Throat

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced feeling of a lump in the throat. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Viral Throat Infection

    Viral pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx, the part of the throat between the nasal cavity and mouth, which causes throat pain.

    Symptoms generally resolve within 3-4 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, cough, congestion, fever, hoarse voice
    Symptoms that always occur with viral throat infection:
    sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with viral throat infection:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab

    Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that can make the throat feel sore and scratchy. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat. And, if you do not show enough signs of a true strep throat, testing may be needed before treatment is begun.

    1-3 days with treatment

    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
  3. 3.Acid Reflux Disease (Gerd)

    Acid reflux disease, also known as GERD, occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach come back up into the esophagus. The most common symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation.

    With proper treatment, symptoms may be relieved within days & at most several weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, sore throat, pain below the ribs, cough with dry or watery sputum, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.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.

    Good prognosis if caught early

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, loss of appetite, fever, shortness of breath, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    Great prognosis with high remission rates

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.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.

    Treatment depends on the underlying cause but often includes anti-acid medications.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.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.

    This is likely a lifelong condition for which surveillance is necessary.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, regurgitation, heartburn, sore throat, dry cough
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.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.

    Relief after surgery in 80-85% of people

    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
  9. 9.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.

    This is a chronic (life-long) condition but does not decrease life expectancy.

    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
  10. 10.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.

    Indefinite

    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

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

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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 visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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