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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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I don't have a sore throat but I did recently have nasal congestion due to allergies. The congestion is gone but my ear hurts a lot when I swallow.

I don't have a sore throat but I did recently have nasal congestion due to allergies.  The congestion is gone but my ear hurts a lot when I swallow.

See Allergist: In patients with poorly controlled allergic rhinitis, symptoms can often manifest as ear fullness or pain. Treating your allergies properly with avoidance measures and medications usually resolves these symptoms. For acute pain have ear examined to rule out infection. See an Allergist in order to diagnose your allergen sensitivities and maximize your medication regimen so that you feel better. ...Read more

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I have a mild sore throat that hurts only when I swallow. It also affects my ear. But both the sore throat and the ear pain are only on one side. I had a cold a couple of weeks ago and I still have a cough from that. What could this be?

I have a mild sore throat that hurts only when I swallow. It also affects my ear. But both the sore throat and the ear pain are only on one side. I had a cold a couple of weeks ago and I still have a cough from that. What could this be?

Sinus infection?: cold symptoms for more than about 10-14 days may indicate a sinus infection or ear infection. The pain on one side could also be from an infected lymph node or tonsillar infection. If you have fever, see a doctor today. Otherwise call your doc and have them check you out. ...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 just got my widow teeth taken out over a week ago. I'm in a lot of pain. I got a really bad sore throat and my ear hurts is that Common?

Go back to dentist: No, this is not the rule, but rather the exception. You must be examined to determine what is going on and since it may be infectious it would be wise to go sooner rather than later. Good luck. ...Read more

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Runny nose and super duper itchy sore throat ... Also sometimes when i sneezing my ear hurts. What could this be?

Runny nose and super duper itchy sore throat ... Also sometimes when i sneezing my ear hurts. What could this be?

Runny nose and itch: The symptoms of runny nose, sneezing and itching are consistent with allergies. The ear discomfort that comes with sneezing can be seen with "eustachian tube dysfunction" where nasal congestion leads to poor functioning of the tube connecting the middle ear to the throat. Once the congestion is relieved, so will the ear pain. An allergist can assist in identifying the trigger of the symptoms. ...Read more

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I always suffer from sore throat and inflammation that cause ear pain and difficulty in swallowing. When i make rps it becomes high as 14.9.

Be concerned: Not sure what rps is. The presence of throat pain radiating to the ear can mean an infection, throat ulcer, tumor, neuralgia, thyroid inflammation or tumor, vocal cord arthritis, etc. With your symptoms i assume the worst so suggest ENT exam of throat. ...Read more

Dr. William Culviner
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Throat Pain (Definition)

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or any kind of damage to the ...Read more


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more