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Can a severe ear infection cause sore throat?

Can a severe ear infection cause sore throat?

May occur together: Infection in the soft tissues of the throat & upper airway can lead to an ear infection by causing inflammatory swelling. Swelling of the eustachian tube blocks it & mucous backs up that can become infected by random throat germs. If anything the throat thing leads to the ear infection, not the other war around. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Can ear infection cause sore throat and hoarse voice and sneezing.? I'm curious

Can ear infection cause sore throat and hoarse voice and sneezing.? I'm curious

No: The ear infection is in a separate compartment and does not trigger such added problems. However, ear infections seldom occur alone. They are often a secondary event triggered when an upper respiratory infection causes the type of problems you list. The URI is the starting point, although the timing can be confusing. ...Read more

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Sore throat, possible ear infection, and sore muscles. Does strep cause achy muscles?

Sore throat, possible ear infection, and sore muscles. Does strep cause achy muscles?

Many illnesses can: Whenever you are sick, your body mounts a response to fight off that infection. Some of the chemicals released by your own body and those released by bacteria under attack can cause muscle aches and pains. If you think you may have strep throat, pleas see your doctor as it can cause complications if left untreated. ...Read more

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Could I use it to fight a sore throat (infection).And ear infection?

Could I use it to fight a sore throat (infection).And ear infection?

Clarify: Can you use what? Please re-ask and provide missing information. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an ear infection go away after a sore throat for an adult?

How long does it take for an ear infection go away after a sore throat for an adult?

Variable: It depends on if you are on treatment/antibiotics. If you are then the symptoms should resolve in about a week. If you are not then you need someone to look in your ear to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Ear that feels like there is fluid in it along with a sore throat, no pain in the ear. Could this still be an ear infection?

Ear that feels like there is fluid in it along with a sore throat, no pain in the ear. Could this still be an ear infection?

EAR INFECTION: Yes it can be ear infection, which may be caused by viruses or bacteria
you can only tell by looking at throat and ear drums
you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Did my sore throat lead to my ear infection? Does this need to be treated? Can I just use ear drops

Did my sore throat lead to my ear infection? Does this need to be treated? Can I just use ear drops

May be related: Middle ear infections often arise after a cold or other process involving the upper airway/throat/adenoids/tonsils. If a specific germ is dominating the others in the area, they can affect both your throat and middle ears. If it is viral it will pass in a few days without treatment. If bacterial, oral antibiotics will be needed. Drops are unlikely to be helpful in this case. ...Read more

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Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Question?: The infections are typically treated with antibiotics if bacterial. The altitude sickness is best treated with hydration and rest, if it is mild. If it more severe, go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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I have a cold/sore throat. Scratched my ear, now a day later ear is plugged and sharp pains. Could I have scratch/torn it or have an ear infection?

I have a cold/sore throat. Scratched my ear, now a day later ear is plugged and sharp pains. Could I have scratch/torn it or have an ear infection?

You could have: Either a scratch, fluid behind your ear drum and/or an infection. Please have your doctor examine you so that you can know for sure and get the proper treatment. ...Read more

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My baby has pinkeye and an ear infection and I caught the pinkeye and also have congestion, bad sore throat. I'm on Z-Pak now. How do we stop spread?

My baby has pinkeye and an ear infection and I caught the pinkeye and also have congestion, bad sore throat. I'm on Z-Pak now. How do we stop spread?

Pink eye: Proper hand washing is crucial. If this is viral, which I am highly suspicious it is, then being on a Z-pack won't do anything to stop the spread. ...Read more

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I just got done being sick from whatever illness. I have a fever, body aches, & a really bad sore throat. &some how an ear infection too. Why is this happening?

I just got done being sick from whatever illness. I have a fever, body aches, & a really bad sore throat. &some how an ear infection too. Why is this happening?

Many Causes: You likely have a viral illness. Many viruses cause illnesses like yours; the flu is one. Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics and must run their course. But you can also develop a bacterial infection, which does require antibiotics. Common sites are the throat, ears, and sinuses. You may want to see your doctor if the throat/ear pain continue or if any of your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat & its hard to swallow. Now I have ear pain radiating down my neck & it hurts to turn my head. Ear infection?

I have a sore throat & its hard to swallow. Now I have ear pain radiating down my neck & it hurts to turn my head. Ear infection?

Sore throat or ear?: Could be an ear infection or a tonsillitis? pharyngitis. In a situation like this it is important to have it evaluated as quickly as possible as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I won't see my ent dr. Till monday what can I do till then I think I have a ear infection and a sore throat with dry cough its harder laying down.

I won't see my ent dr. Till monday what can I do till then I think I have a ear infection and a sore throat with dry cough its harder laying down.

Go to urgent care: You can visit and get checked up. They might do rapid strep test and see if you need antibiotics. In mean while take pain medicines as needed. ...Read more

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I was given a z-pack and tramadol for an ear infection and severe sore throat. The tramadol has not had any effect on minimizing pain. What can I do?

I was given a z-pack and tramadol for an ear infection and severe sore throat. The tramadol has not had any effect on minimizing pain. What can I do?

Ibuprofen: Try a 800 mg dose of ibuprofen, this is 4 of the 200 mg pills. Take it with a little food, say yogurt. Your ear will feel better within an hour. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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I have very sore and sensitive skin on my back. No rash or marks. Ear infection, sore throat, runny nose as well.?

I have very sore and sensitive skin on my back. No rash or marks. Ear infection, sore throat, runny nose as well.?

Viral illness?: You may also have an allergic reaction. The cause of your skin sensitivity is not clear, but may be the early onset of either an allergic reaction or Herpes zoster, the latter often presenting as pain or hypersensitivity before the onset of the eruption. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I've been sick on & off for the last month w/ sinus & ear infections. Yesterday, I went to bed w/ the worst post nasal drip & woke up with the most HORRIBLE sore throat of my life that isn't going away! Dr called in Clarithromycin. What else can I do?

I've been sick on & off for the last month w/ sinus & ear infections. Yesterday, I went to bed w/ the worst post nasal drip & woke up with the most HORRIBLE sore throat of my life that isn't going away! Dr called in Clarithromycin. What else can I do?

Control nose: The sinus and ear infections are most likely from obstruction of their openings from the allergic rhinitis. The most important step is to decongest the nose (nasal steroid) so that these organs can drain. Just antibiotic alone will not likely provide long-term relief. See an allergist if this has been a recurrent problem. ...Read more

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I went to a new doctor yesterday for an ear infection, sore throat, and chest pains. They did an EKG and said asked me if I had had a heart attack. I explained to them that my former doctor sent me to a cardiologist for mitralcardial prolapse-not sure abo

I went to a new doctor yesterday for an ear infection, sore throat, and chest pains. They did an EKG and said asked me if I had had a heart attack. I explained to them that my former doctor sent me to a cardiologist for mitralcardial prolapse-not sure abo

You: You need to see a cardiologist. You may have to go through your primary care doctor first. You will need something called a stress test. This is a test where you walk on a treadmill or are give medications to "stress" your heart. The test will provide information about wheter or not you may have blockage in your arteries. From there the doctors can decide on further diagnostic tests. In addition to the stress test you will also need a picture of your heart (basically an ultrasound) this can be done with the stress test or separately. Regardless you need to be followed by a cardiologist. If all is fine, then your symptoms can likely be attributed to your anxiety disorder.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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I had an illness from 8/23-9/5. I had ear infections and pink eye in both eyes and sore throat. Took augmentin finished on 9/6. 9/12 I woke up with pink eye again 9/13 other eye infected and now have sore throat. Is this common?? Heath anxiety bad

I had an illness from 8/23-9/5. I had ear infections and pink eye in both eyes and sore throat. Took augmentin finished on 9/6. 9/12 I woke up with pink eye again 9/13 other eye infected and now have sore throat. Is this common?? Heath anxiety bad

Any allergies?: This makes me wonder if you may be experiencing allergies. I do not think this sounds worrisome but I think it would be prudent to see your doctor if symptoms persist. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Started as sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Now ear infection. If ear left untreated can anything bad happen?

Started as sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Now ear infection. If ear left untreated can anything bad happen?

Otitis media: Although your body is usually capable of clearing ear infections without treatment, a persistent infection is capable of producing complications such as extension of the infection to other areas or hearing loss. Your doctor should be consulted if you are not feeling better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more