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Painful Swallowing

Causes of Painful Swallowing

The causes of painful swallowing vary greatly from mild irritants to ulcers, swallowing disorders or even cancerous tumors. It’s important to know what causes the pain to receive the treatment needed. These are just a few of the conditions considered common causes of painful swallowing:

Swallowing Problems Due to Infection

  • Gum disease, gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis (sore throat)
  • Thrush (virus)
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Herpes simplex
  • HIV

Swallowing Problems due to Esophageal Problems

  • Achalasia, nutcracker esophagus (disorders of the esophagus affecting the ability to move food toward the stomach)
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammation of the esophagus
  • Ulcer in the esophagus (many times due to the antibiotic doxycline)

Other Causes of Painful Swallowing

  • Mouth/throat ulcers
  • Something (food) suck in the throat
  • Tooth infection/abscess
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

While these are only a few of the causes of painful swallowing, it’s easy to see why it’s important to seek medical diagnosis before treating the pain. Schedule a screening appointment online, today.


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