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I have a sore throat and my ear hurts when I swallow. What can this be?

I have a sore throat and my ear hurts when I swallow. What can this be?

Post nasal drip: Drainage from inflammatory or irritating causes can be triggering your symptoms. ...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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Sore throat on left side when swallowing which hurts in my ear aswell when I swallow. Ear feels blocked on left side too no white dots on tonsils?

Sore throat on left side when swallowing which hurts in my ear aswell when I swallow. Ear feels blocked on left side too no white dots on tonsils?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help lessen pain. ...Read more

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I have had a severe sore throat/ tongue for 3, days it hurts so bad that my ear aches to swallowing feels like sand paper yawning hurts throat cancer?

I have had a severe sore throat/ tongue for 3, days it hurts so bad that my ear aches to swallowing feels like sand paper yawning hurts throat cancer?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help lessen pain. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for 3 days so bad can't swallow. My neck is swallon and stiff and extremely sore can't move my head. Some ear pain.

I have had a sore throat for 3 days so bad can't swallow. My neck is swallon and stiff and extremely sore can't move my head. Some ear pain.

See Doctor: Tonsillitis can cause this. But a more severe condition called a peritonsillar abscess can also cause symptoms such as your. This is a more serious condition and needs to be evaluated immediately. ...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

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I have sore throat and ear pain on and off for a couple months. Recently I feel painful when swallowing in throat and also pain in post-nasal.

I have sore throat and ear pain on and off for a couple months. Recently I feel painful when swallowing in throat and also pain in post-nasal.

Months: If your symptoms are on and off for months you may have sinusitis - either from infection, irritants or allergens. Try using nasal saline (basically salt water) 8-10 times a day for a week or so and see if the symptoms improve or resolve completely. If not or if symptoms worsen it will be time to be evaluated by MD. ...Read more

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Keep getting extremely sore throat/ear pain 2months after tonsillectomy. Kills to swallow/talk. Is this normal? How can I get relief

Unusual: Pain after tonsillectomy usually resolves after 4 weeks. You should see your ENT doctor about this. Maybe there is another problem. ...Read more

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Strep test negative. 4 plus weeks of sore throat when swallowing on right side. Severe throat pain when sneezing. No congestion or ear pain.?

Nopostnasal drip?: This could cause 1 sided throat pain. If not, see an ENT Dr. And get scoped in the nose to see the back of the throat. They should be able to diagnose your problems. If you do have postnasal drip, try flonase or rhinocort nasal spray and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Bloody postnasal drip, left ear pain only when swallowing and yawning. I'm 20, cancer? Sore throat on and off for 3 weeks too.

Sinus infection?: If you have not noted any blood in your nasal secretion, then one must consider sinusitis as a potential cause. The ear pain however is more suggestive of a jaw problem (teeth grinding, gum chewing etc) and you may need to ask your dentist to check it out if the problem fails to resolve. Cancer is unlikely but not totally impossible even at your age. ...Read more

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I've sore throat, mucus, slight ear pain when swallowing mucus. No trouble swallowing. Used to smoke 1-2 cigs/day for 2.5 yr. Do I have cancer?

I've sore throat, mucus, slight ear pain when swallowing mucus. No trouble swallowing. Used to smoke 1-2 cigs/day for 2.5 yr. Do I have cancer?

Unlikely: Your young age and a short stint of smoking makes it unlikely. However, there is an increasing rate of head and neck cancer in young people related to human papilloma viruses probably related to oral sex. See an ENT doctor for complete examination. ...Read more

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For the past few days I've had difficulty swallowing, a lump in throat sensation, and ear pain, but no sore throat or fever. What could this be?

For the past few days I've had difficulty swallowing, a lump in throat sensation, and ear pain, but no sore throat or fever. What could this be?

Likely a virus: Probably a virus infection of throat or ear. But you may want to have a doctor examine your neck, throat and thyroid. ...Read more

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Sore throat feels like razor blades when swallowing, yellow spot, headache, ear pain face hot fingers cold. Same issue 2 weeks ago. What could be wrong?

Sore throat feels like razor blades when swallowing, yellow spot, headache, ear pain face hot fingers cold. Same issue 2 weeks ago. What could be wrong?

Acute pharyngitis?: This sounds like an acute upper respiratory infection, but the best way in which to diagnose and manage this would be to start by seeing your local primary care physician. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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At times the side of my tongue in the back feels sore and it turns into a sore throat/ear pain when I swallow-bad seasonal allergies-what can I do?

At times the side of my tongue in the back feels sore and it turns into a sore throat/ear pain when I swallow-bad seasonal allergies-what can I do?

Upper airways: inflammation, can cause such symptoms, which can spread to the middle ear through the Eustachian tube, you want to see an ENT specialist for evaluation and ruling out any serious problem in that area first, especially if you are a smoker or around smokers, meanwhile, saline nasal washes and salt water gargles would help till seen, best wishes ...Read more

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Right ear pain, sore throat, soft tissue in mouth sore on right side, ear stings when swallow, have flu syndrome but no flu (from doctor). Help!

Right ear pain, sore throat, soft tissue in mouth sore on right side, ear stings when swallow, have flu syndrome but no flu (from doctor). Help!

See below: Many other viruses can give the same symptoms of flu. Alot depends on what your doc found on physical exam and what is prevalent in your community. If not improving in next 24-48 hours it would probably warrant a re-check. ...Read more

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I have a large hard lump under my ear lobe/ jaw accompanied by ear pain/ sore throat. It is very hard and is not movable. Should I be concerned?

I have a large hard lump under my ear lobe/ jaw accompanied by ear pain/ sore throat. It is very hard and is not movable. Should I be concerned?

Swollen lymph node?: If you have an earache and doe throat it may be a swollen lymph node. In any event see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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No effect of penicilin after 3 days. Bad sore throat, difficulty swalloing, ear ache, head ache, swelling under ear. Pain gets worst in night. No fever?

Give it time: We know true strep is universally sensitive (killed) by penicillin, but the tissue disruption/pain triggered by infection may take time to improve. You can also have a co-infection with a throat virus (like mono) which can produce some of the most painful soar throats. If your doc treated you without confirming the strep, a virus may be the main cause and the penicillin would do nothing. ...Read more

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Pea size lumps on my neck, groin, and armpit, jaw and 2 behind my ear and also ear pain and sore throat and I had sex with this guy 3 months ago..

Pea size lumps on my neck, groin, and armpit, jaw and 2 behind my ear and also ear pain and sore throat and I had sex with this guy 3 months ago..

See doctor, get: Tested. What you described warrants a more detailed investigation by physical examination and some blood tests. It is prudent that you see a doctor at your earliest. You have acquired a sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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Sore throat past 3 wks mostly left side. Pain comes & goes during day and radiates up to my ear when swallowing. Very painful.?

Sore throat past 3 wks mostly left side. Pain comes & goes during day and radiates up to my ear when swallowing. Very painful.?

Sore throat: A sore throat for three weeks requires investigation which would include a throat inspection by a physician (to look for pharyngitis, tonsillitis) or a throat culture to check for strep (which is treated with antibiotics) and blood tests which include a cbc and differential cell count as well as a monotest (to detect infectious mononucleosis). See your physician who will order the appropriate tests ...Read more

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