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The back of my throat hurts whenever I swallow, but my sinus's are fine except my ears get plugged and I have a dry cough. What can I do to cure this?

The back of my throat hurts whenever I swallow, but my sinus's are fine except my ears get plugged and I have a dry cough. What can I do to cure this?

Virus vs allergies: Could be allergies and the use of an antihistamine like claritin could help Also the use of a saline nose spray if nasal congestion is a problem would be approriate
the sore throat could be due to mouthbreathing, post nasal drip or a little viral infection Hydrating is also important ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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What is the medical term for when a possible tiny piece of food is lodged or trapping your airways way in the back of throat? Major facial & lip swelling, all over top half of body redness with tingling, lips a hint of blue, the feeling of ear plugs in ea

What is the medical term for when a possible tiny piece of food is lodged or trapping your airways way in the back of throat? Major facial & lip swelling, all over top half of body redness with tingling, lips a hint of blue, the feeling of ear plugs in ea

Hello.: Hello. A foriegn body (including food) which is trapped in the airway and makes breathing difficult is a partial airway obstruction. A foriegn body that completely prevents breathing is a complete airway obstruction. I don't know what you are describing. But if you have swelling of your lips and face with difficulty breathing this could be a major allergice reaction. If that is the case - call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, congestion, plugged ears, and tightness in the back of my neck. Does it sounds like a cold or sinus infection?

I have a sore throat, congestion, plugged ears, and tightness in the back of my neck. Does it sounds like a cold or sinus infection?

URI: It is clear you have an upper respiratory infection. Whether you have a sinus infection on top of that is a tricky question to answer in a doctor's office, let alone on this forum. Sinusitis is usually accompanied by facial pain. If you're not in pain I wouldn't think sinusitis. ...Read more

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Why does my throat constantly hurt and what can I do about it? Back in april I caught a cold and my throat has been hurting ever since (along with having plugged ears, sore face and neck, stuffed nose and pus pockets on my swollen tonsils). I've been to t

Why does my throat constantly hurt and what can I do about it? Back in april I caught a cold and my throat has been hurting ever since (along with having plugged ears, sore face and neck, stuffed nose and pus pockets on my swollen tonsils). I've been to t

Chronic: Chronic tonsillitis can be quite bothersome. Failure to respond to several courses of antibiotics might be an indication to have a tonsillectomy. You might want to se an otolaryngolist, ear nose and throat specialist, for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What could be causing this headache that is hurting the back of my head and upper neck with plugged ears as well?

What could be causing this headache that is hurting the back of my head and upper neck with plugged ears as well?

Is it a cold?: Sounds like you may have a cold or allergies

how long has headache been bothering you?

Any other symptoms? (nausea, vomiting, visual changes, pain down back/legs, cough, stuffy/runny nose, itchy eyes or throat, fever, head pain when you lay down or try to sleep?)

often a cold can do what you describe


drink warm beverages, consider Ibuprofen if it's safe for you to use. See doc if worse. ...Read more

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My ears are plugged my throat burns what's wrong with me?

My ears are plugged my throat burns what's wrong with me?

Throat/ear infection: May have an inflammed pharynx, a blocked eustachian tube and fluid in the middle ear space. Best to see yout otolaryngologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Hello I have pain on the medial aspect of both clavicles. My throat feels tight, and ears are plugged up. A week ago started singular for my ears?

Hello I have pain on the medial aspect of both clavicles. My throat feels tight, and ears are plugged up. A week ago started singular for my ears?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the sternoclavicular joint is not very common but it appears to be what you're dealing with. I'm not sure if your allergies are associated with it. If the symptoms continue you should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to ensure no infection is involved. ...Read more

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My wife's ear got plugged when she went swimming yesterday. Now it really hurts and the pain seems to be going almost down her throat. What can we do?

My wife's ear got plugged when she went swimming yesterday. Now it really hurts and the pain seems to be going almost down her throat. What can we do?

See doctor ASAP: Your wife may have contracted an infection in her ear canal and topical antibiotics can be used. Possibly she has an infection behind her eardrum and needs oral antibiotics. Severe pain and fever indicate the infection is progressing and is serious. See a doctor immediately and inform the doctor where she swam because this clue can help determine antibiotic use. Pseudomonas bacteria is common. ...Read more

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I currently have pharyngitis, went to the dr 3 days ago. My throat and congestion is getting better but my ears seem to get more and more plugged. Why?

I currently have pharyngitis, went to the dr 3 days ago. My throat and congestion is getting better but my ears seem to get more and more plugged. Why?

Connected: Ear nose and throat are all connected. Sometime inflamation of the throat will cause blockage of the eustachian tube which will give you these symptoms of ears popping and getting plugged. Steam inhalation and a humidifier at home will help with these symptoms. If your ear hurt or if you have a fever, get back to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a problem in the ear nose throat section? My ears tend to be plugged and pop off and on

I have a problem in the ear nose throat section? My ears tend to be plugged and pop off and on

Very difficult: It is hard to answer the question because it is non-specific. Popping of the ear may be a physiological phenomenon. For example, swallowing alone can almost always be felt as a popping sensation in the ear. The swallow causes the muscle that opens the eustachian tube (auditory tube) to open and gases from the back of the nose equalize pressure in the middle ear. See ENT for specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had a bad throat n cough. The throat is good, the cough is clearing, but now my ear is plugged. Tried yawning, nothing works, what can I do to hear?

Decongestant: It sounds like you are suffering from a cold which is slowly getting better but now your eustacian tubes are blocked. You might get some releif from using an oral decongestant. If not getting better it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Strep throat a month ago. Took zpak, feel better, no pain now, still white patches in throat&right side tonsils look weird&struggle w plugged ear. Why?

Strep throat a month ago. Took zpak, feel better, no pain now, still white patches in throat&right side tonsils look weird&struggle w plugged ear. Why?

Tonsils post-infx: It sounds like the infection cleared up ok (azithromycin is not my favorite drug for strep, it works ok), but you have more concern about chronic changes present in your tonsils and that is what is likely affecting your ear as well. If this is a one time thing, i'd give it another 4-8 weeks as long as you're feeling ok. If you have had chronic problems with recurrent tonsil/throat, time to see ent. ...Read more

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Itchy ears and sore throat and dry plugged nose what is this?

Itchy ears and sore throat and dry plugged nose what is this?

Probable allergies: Itchy ears could be caused by wax or eczema. Sometimes there is no obvious reason. Prescribed cortisone drops usually are very effective. Sore throat and congested nose could be caused by viruses, bacterias and allergies. Allergies are very common. Tx try Claritin (loratadine) or allegra, but no decongestant like claritin-d/afrin/allegra-d. Decongestants can elevate blood pressure, cause racing heart/insomnia. ...Read more

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I am feeling very sick. Ah, sore throat, TERRIBLE pain when swallowing, ear is plugged, hurts, coughing. What's wrong with me?

I am feeling very sick. Ah, sore throat, TERRIBLE pain when swallowing, ear is plugged, hurts, coughing. What's wrong with me?

See a doctor: It sounds like you have some type of upper respiratory tract infection - given the severity of your symptoms, you need to be evaluated by a physician. Antibiotics may be warranted for treatment of a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Left ear plugged when I wake up. I'm recovering from a sore throat and losing my voice - now my ear is plugged in the morning and im not sure why.

Left ear plugged when I wake up. I'm recovering from a sore throat and losing my voice - now my ear is plugged in the morning and im not sure why.

Eustachian tube.: All part of the same process. Your ear drains through a tiny tube in the back of your throat. Even the slightest inflammation can cause the tube to malfunction and make your ear feel full. ...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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Plugged ears &slight pain down neck below ears, nose hurts, back of neck pain, post-nasal drip, swollen feeling under chin, fatigue all sinus related?

Plugged ears &slight pain down neck below ears, nose hurts, back of neck pain, post-nasal drip, swollen feeling under chin, fatigue all sinus related?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses can cause all the symptoms that you describe. Due to blockage of the sinus passage ways infection can develop. It is important to visit with an ears nose and throat physician or otolaryngologist to evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Throat feels swollen or being shut. Ears are so plugged can hardly hear. Very weak. In pain and uncomfortable. Had tonsils removed in 2011?

Go to ER if unable to breathe: If you are this weak, and unable to breathe, and in tremendous distress, don't delay going to the emergency department. You will probably need to be put on antibiotics, and some from pain medications that is secondary to the swelling in your throat. Don't wait until tomorrow. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, metal taste, ears plugged, fever, nausea?

I have a sore throat, metal taste, ears plugged, fever, nausea?

Physical exam: How many days of symptoms of sore throat and plugged ears with fever? How high is fever? With symptoms of possible otitis-ear infection and pharyngitis- throat infection, fever and dysgeusia you should get an exam so a doctor can look in your ears & throat. Dysgeusia with metallic taste several causes, sometimes associated with ear infection. Need careful history, physical and exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

Rhinosinusitis: Chronic inflammation of the nose and sinuses can cause post-nasal drip with irritating drainage. This can cause a sore throat and cough. Try rinsing your nose thoroughly with saline solution. There are several devices like the neil-med sinus rinse bottle which are very effective. ...Read more

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What do I have? What treatment is suggested? I have severe throat pain, characterized by swelling on the lateral (glands?) and a feeling of a lump in my throat. Profuse amounts of phlegm from all orifices except eyes and ears. Right ear is plugged. Inc

If: If you have not done so already please see your doctor. You could be dealing with a throat infection (pharyngitis), bronchitis, ear infection, and/or allergies. You may need antibiotics. In the meantime you can try over the counter Mucinex (guaifenesin) to thin the phlegm and make it easier to cough up and out, and Ibuprofen for pain.
I hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

OTC meds for URI: Avoid antihistamines like loratadine, zyrtec and Benadryl. Try using pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil. Protect your stomach if you choose Advil by eating or taking antacids. Sudafed and Afrin can help open your nose and ears; use with caution if you have high blood pressure. Ear and throat infections can be serious. Look for a free clinic or low cost community health center if you get worse. ...Read more

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I have TMJ. Could it cause constant pain in neck and shoulders, mild headache (starting from base of scull), and plugged ear?

I have TMJ. Could it cause constant pain in neck and shoulders, mild headache (starting from base of scull), and plugged ear?

Yes,: Yes, it's possible it could cause all the things you mentioned. Please consult a local dentist with extensive experience and knowledge treating patients with TMD\TMJoint dysfunction. ...Read more

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Ear gradually plugged up, feels numb down neck after a week. Some vertigo. Have a phlemy cough now. Sinuses or cold? What do I do to help clear this?

Ear gradually plugged up, feels numb down neck after a week. Some vertigo. Have a phlemy cough now. Sinuses or cold? What do I do to help clear this?

Sinuses or cold: I think a consult with an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist would be your first choice. The doctor is very likely to help you and control your symptoms, but it is also likely the doctor will recommend you also see your Primary doctor as soon as possible.

Hope all goes well - please keep me informed! ...Read more

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Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection. It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Ears plugged, ringing, human voice sound funny, mild vertigo. Neck at base of scull hurting ;like muscle strain, anxiety, no fever, tired.?

Ears plugged, ringing, human voice sound funny, mild vertigo. Neck at base of scull hurting ;like muscle strain, anxiety, no fever, tired.?

Begin by clarifying Begin by clarifying ear: You need to discuss with your physician Your best starting point is with the ears to see about the ringing. This may be a clue to the rest of your problems. ...Read more

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I feel tingles, some weakness & pain in right arm;pain in neck &some headaches;weight loss & plugged ear. Could it be brain tumor? I've TMJ and anxiety

I feel tingles, some weakness & pain in right arm;pain in neck &some headaches;weight loss & plugged ear. Could it be brain tumor? I've TMJ and anxiety

Pain in arm or neck: Not likely to get pain in the arm or neck from a brain tumor without having signs of brain stem dysfunction. There are other conditions that need to be considered. Chiari malformation can produce tingling in neck and shoulders with headaches. You might have a couple of unrelated problems producing a confusing clinical picture. (separate neck and ear problem). A good examination might be in order. ...Read more

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Had cold few week back, that cleared, now I have a blocked nose on and off, feels like my throats full of mucus, ears abit crackly and a little wet.

Had cold few week back, that cleared, now I have a blocked nose on and off, feels like my throats full of mucus, ears abit crackly and a little wet.

Likely sinusitis: Your symptoms are suggesting sinusitis, which is most of the times viral and symptom control may suffice- for example nasal saline, Acetaminophen/ibuprofen, Claritin. If symptoms persist over 5-7 days or worsen suddenly see your physician. ...Read more

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My inner ear is itchy and the back of my throat what could be causing this?

My inner ear is itchy and the back of my throat what could be causing this?

Ear itching: Allergic rhinitis is caused by allergy to pollens and other airborne allergens. The nose filters out these allergens and they are swept back toward the throat by cillia. These pollens trapped in mucious pass over the ear canal openings and down the throat were they can cause itching. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my inner ear itches and when it does the back of my throat does too?

Eustachian tube: You may have some bacteria in the eustachian tube area. Get a rx for Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) from your dentist. This is a liquid that you can have soak (not swish) in you mouth to disable bacteria and assist in the healing of irritated and sore tissue. The nih results was that this solution will soak into the tissue and time release over the next 12 hours. ...Read more