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Hard to breathe with cold & sore throat

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I have a cold & sore throat.no big deal on its own. However, this morning i found it incredibly hard to breathe (this was in throat, near voice box), and it was very noisy while i was gasping for breath. I do not have a cough, am not short of breath (apart from the incident which lasted a couple of minutes), and my throat is very dry. I was sleping upright at the time.

Please can you let me know what the problem was, and anything i should do to avoid it happening again.


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replied May 21st, 2007
Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Answer A2747
Given the symptoms you report (having something in the throat in the morning that makes it difficult to breathe for a few minutes,) you might have experienced a laryngeal spasm or perhaps some mucus got stuck in the larynx for short time. A sore throat can provoke that type of incident. Therefore, you can start treating the sore throat with local antiseptics. Antibiotics could be also required. You can visit your primary health provider to follow up and for diagnostic tests.


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