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A 32-year-old member asked:

When i swallow, my ears start hurting. what can i do?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Ears hurt w/swallow: Ear pain with swallowing may indicate an issue directly with the esophagus either from food or reflux or it could be related to inflammation or infection of the throat or ears. Please see your primary care provider or ear nose and throat specialist for an evaluation.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Ear infection: Probably here may be an unresolved middle ear infection or fluid in the ear. Consult your md for an evaluation.

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When i swallow my ears hurt what should I take?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Eustachian tube: When you swallow, a muscle called the tensor veli palatini, opens the eustachian tube and air from the back of the nose (not really air but gases of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide) travel into the middle ear and the ear drum pops. This is a normal physiological phenomenon. The ears should not hurt when you swallow. See an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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I have a cold and my ears hurt when i swallow?

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