A 24-year-old member asked:
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do rhinitis & post nasal drip cause ear & throat problems?

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Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
You bet!: When your nose is stuffy, the tubes behind your ear drums [the eustachian tubes] can get stuffy too. This can lead to ear pain, muffled hearing & crackly/popping sounds. The same germs that cause the common cold can also cause middle ear infections. Drip-drip-dripping in the back of your throat can make your throat sore. It's all connected.
Answered on Aug 26, 2017
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Dr. Eric Toloza
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes, and vice versa: Post nasal drip can cause sore throat and can possibly cause inflammation that can block your eustachian tubes to your ears.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017

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