Throat & Swallowing Difficulty

What are the common causes of sore throat?

There are many reasons you may have a sore throat. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Cold or flu viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Air pollution and other irritants (like tobacco smoke)
  • Acid reflux

What are the common causes of swallowing difficulty?

In most cases, swallowing problems aren’t serious and swallowing difficulty has many causes. Some common causes are:

  • Dehydration
  • Improper chewing
  • Taking bites that are too big
  • GERD

In some cases, swallowing problems may indicate something more serious, like:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Tumor in the mouth or throat
  • High blood pressure
  • Vocal cord problems

How do you address sore throat, swallowing difficulty and the conditions that cause it?

When a patient is experience a sore throat and swallowing difficulty, a flexible scope exam of the throat is always the first step. Following that, additional testing such as barium swallow or a CT scan may be required.


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For more information about Gwinnett ENT or to schedule an appointment, call 678-312-7390.


  • Gwinnett ENT
    3855 Pleasant Hill Road,Suite 280
    Duluth, GA 30096

    Office: 678-312-7390

  • Gwinnett ENT

    3855 Pleasant Hill Road,Suite 280
    Duluth, GA 30096

    Hours of Operation

    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday:
    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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