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One side sore throat

I have a sore throat, only on the left side of my throat. The tonsil is swollen but there is no discoloration or spotting.

I frequently get these one-sided sore throats. Why is this? Any advice?
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PS- I have no other cold symptoms
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I have the same thing! Also on the left side.  I am going to get tested for strep today, but I know it's going to come out negative because I know what strep feels like, and this isn't it.  It's so weird.  No other symptoms, it only hurts when I swallow, and only on the left side.  I come from a medical family and usually throat pain is your body's response to fighting off an infection, bacteria, or a virus. Don't rule out infection if you don't have a fever. Some infections are accompanied by fever, some are not. I do not have a fever, but since the pain is isolated to one side, the problem may be swelling in the left lymph system...which is an indication of infection.  No matter what your doctor tests you for, insist on a round of antibiotics.  Tell him you've been feverish if you have to.  The antibiotics will not hurt you if you don't have an infection. Just make sure you take ALL OF THEM.  Don't stop taking them if you aren't feeling any better. If, after you have taken the antibiotics, you are still in pain, then the problem is viral (in which case there is nothing you can do but rest and drink liquids) or local (meaning you have a physical injury, tumor, cyst, or something like that).  Whatever it is, don't be scared.  If it gets worse, then your doctor will be able to pin down the problem.  If it gets better, then YAY!  But start off with those antibiotics! Good luck.  
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Hi I also have a one sided sore throat (left side ) my tounge has swollen also I feel like I have a tennis ball in my neck, my left ear and the whole left side of my head is in pain. Has anyone else had this ?
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Yes, I also have the same thing.  Left side of the throat and goes to my left ear.  Very painful making a "T" like shape.  up, down and towards ear.  I am getting it repeatedly even after taking antibiotics.  Very anxious about it.  Even the brufen does not give any relief to pain. Please advise.
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I have one sided sore throat (left side) for last few days i.e 2 weeks. It started with too much of stuff in the throat in the morning n i tried to swallo it ( the stuff we normally have in the morning, i dont know the exact word) so i tried to swallo it but it was too thick and then may be i was having too much of cold drinks. But this one sided sore throat doesnt feel normal. Lymph nodes are not swollen, no cold n flu symptoms, no fever, no other symptoms. Post nasal drip is there but no nasal congestion or runny nose. I dont know what to do. I went to the ENT specialist n he said it sinus problem coz my throat looks clear but upper left side seems like having some sinus issue. I have started taking medication today is my 3rd day. Pain is better but not fully gone. I dont think its sinus issue but i dnt have any other answer aswell. Now m scared if i complete the medication course and what if it comes back
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P.s there is no pain when i wake up in the morning it comes back after 20-30 minutes...
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Please share the outcome of your solution, i been experiencing dryness in the right side of my throat during the night and sorness dyring the day, with my ear slighty clogged no pain and no other symptoms, its been going for over 2 months now, ent said i have gerd, taking medication, other dr. Saod i have strep same taking mediction as well but nothing seems to help, its very frustrating as u can imagine my level of energy is very low do to it, please help and share and I will be posting my outcome for other to follow, thank
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