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I have a very sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and itchy ears. It has been 2 days and it is only getting worse. What could this be?

I have a very sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and itchy ears. It has been 2 days and it is only getting worse. What could this be?

Congestion: Likely a viral illness. Can take a week to 10 days to run its course. Typically medicate symptoms and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I gave oral to a male I'm female. 2 days later I developed a sore throat, then itchy ears, headache, and runny stopped up nose with np cough. Std?

I gave oral to a male I'm female. 2 days later I developed a sore throat, then itchy ears, headache, and runny stopped up nose with np cough. Std?

Probably not STD: STDs can be transmitted by oral sex, especially fellatio. However, STDs don't cause symptoms like yours. Sounds like you have viral URI, i.e. a cold, not from the oral sex exposure. But you certainly could have caught it just by being that close, and especially if the sexual event included kissing. Ask your partner if he has (or had) a cold. If so, no need to investigate this any further. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, itchy ears and a cough that causes sharp pain. Persistent headache as well. No stuffy or runny nose. Slightly ferverish. Help?

I have a sore throat, itchy ears and a cough that causes sharp pain. Persistent headache as well. No stuffy or runny nose. Slightly ferverish. Help?

Post nasal drip: Trt over the counter Claritin or its equivalent. If you are having post nasal drip it will be better by tomorrow. Even though your nose is not running it may be irritated. ...Read more

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I have itchy watery eyes, clear drainage in nose, draining itchy ears, cough, itchy sore throat, any ideas what this could be?

I have itchy watery eyes, clear drainage in nose, draining itchy ears, cough, itchy sore throat, any ideas what this could be?

? allergies: All of the symptoms you have certainly could be caused by allergy mediated issues with post nasal drip, congestion, itchiness, etc. ...Read more

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I have a rattling sound in my chest, itchy ears, and a sore throat but no other symptoms. Should I see a dr or wait a little?

I have a rattling sound in my chest, itchy ears, and a sore throat but no other symptoms. Should I see a dr or wait a little?

Rattling sound: The most common cause would be a viral URI - which usually gets better on its own. But we take special precaution with people who smoke, have diabetes, underlying lung problems (asthma, copd). Or if there's any shortness of breath or extended fever. ...Read more

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I am a 25 year old female that is yet to be allergic to something. Last two days I have had a red, sore throat and incredibly itchy ears.

I am a 25 year old female that is yet to be allergic to something. Last two days I have had a red, sore throat and incredibly itchy ears.

Viral: The red sore throat is likely from a viral infection which however does not usually cause itchy ears. Perhaps you have a fungal infection in the external ear canals often from getting water into the ears. If so, you will need to consult your doctor to get you some antifungal ear drops (+/-) cortisone. I don't believe these two conditions are more coincidental than connected however. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and itchy ears?

I have a sore throat and itchy ears?

Allergy: Since you have not shared any information with us about yourself, including your age and medical history, its not possible to provide you with a proper or relevant response. Given the limited description of your sx, you may be experiencing environmental allergies and may benefit from OTC antihistamines. ...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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Throat/neck pain for 4 weeks. When moving head sometimes feel like something's there coughing but no itchy /sore throat or relief from cough?

Throat/neck pain for 4 weeks. When moving head sometimes feel like something's there coughing but no itchy /sore throat or relief from cough?

Need to look inside: I was surprised to learn that bony spurs from disk in neck cause difficulty swallowing---then I learned about different throat compartment presenting similarly from tonsils to vertebra---need exam, ask your doctor--if fever or swallow problem get serious. ...Read more

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I'm 43 years old no known allergies I've had a sore throat for three weeks I wake up congested with green flegm every morning my ears are itchy as wel?

I'm 43 years old no known allergies I've had a sore throat for three weeks I wake up congested with green flegm every morning my ears are itchy as wel?

You may have: Unknown allergies. Your symptoms seem consistent with environmental allergies resulting in allergic rhinitis or sinusitis. Try taking an OTC non-sedating antihistamine like loratadine. An allergist can help you discover if you are allergic to pollens, etc. ...Read more

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I get frequent itchy left ear following a sore throat on the left side, why is this? It happens atleast once every 2 month. Is it just ear wax/allergy

I get frequent itchy left ear following a sore throat on the left side, why is this? It happens atleast once every 2 month. Is it just ear wax/allergy

It is your: Allergy acting up. Get some otc allergy meds and start taking them on a daily basis. Some food / fruits can cause the itching and sore throat you just described. You may need to make a list yourself of what you are sensitive to and have an allergist check you out if condition worsened. ...Read more

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My ears are draining & itchy. Also my nose causing a sore throat. My allergys most likely? Any over counter med recommends?

My ears are draining & itchy. Also my nose causing a sore throat. My allergys most likely? Any over counter med recommends?

M.D.visit/mgt: More information is needed though I would advise an over the counter antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine). Ear drainage and sore throat can indicate an infection, and I would advise following up with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

? Both: Allergies can be superimposed by infections, especially viral infections, can give same symptoms as having colds, trust there are drug stores where you currently are, saline nasal washes, salt water gargles, plenty of fluids and rest as much as you can will definitely help, allergy meds with decongestants, unless hypertensive, taken regularly would help too, antibiotics later if those measures fail ...Read more

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Been having sore throat for 5 days, ear itchy for 2 days and joint aches but not sure are RA related. On Humira (adalimumab) injection. Pls help.?

Been having sore throat for 5 days, ear itchy for 2 days and joint aches but not sure are RA related. On Humira (adalimumab) injection. Pls help.?

Doubt RA: Your symptoms are not suggestive of RA. More commonly, this could be from either a viral upper respiratory infection or allergies. Viral infections can sometimes lead to joint aches (but allergies are not usually associated with joint pain). ...Read more

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Mucus dripping from back of nose. Keep spitting out of mouth. Itchy/sore throat radiating into ears... almost 2 weeks like this? Worse after speaking?

Mucus dripping from back of nose. Keep spitting out of mouth. Itchy/sore throat radiating into ears... almost 2 weeks like this? Worse after speaking?

Post nasal drip: Your symptoms are consistent with post-nasal drip. You may try over the counter allergy pill such as benadryl, zyrtec or Allegra. Any of the generic formulations b may work as effectively. Try this first and see if your symptoms improve. Be sure to take consistently for a few days to really notice an effect. If you start having other symptoms then may need to try something else ...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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Very sore throat that feels "itchy" (best word I can think to describe the scratchy pain). Same feeling deep in ear canal. Swollen glands under chin.

Very sore throat that feels "itchy" (best word I can think to describe the scratchy pain). Same feeling deep in ear canal. Swollen glands under chin.

Please get a strep: Throat culture/ test. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, sore throat, dry mouth and itchy ear canal. What could this be?

I have a stuffy nose, sore throat, dry mouth and itchy ear canal. What could this be?

Call doctor: Best to call doctor to have entire head checked, then appropriate treatment can be started to get you back to health. ...Read more

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16, never smoked/drank alcohol. Lately I had sore throat, a lump in throat, ear itchiness, hoarse voice. I am a classical singer. Is it throat cancer?

16, never smoked/drank alcohol. Lately I had sore throat, a lump in throat, ear itchiness, hoarse voice. I am a classical singer. Is it throat cancer?

Not throat cancer: Cancer won't announce itself like this, especially at your age. It's a relatively slow-growing ulcer or mass that is cruelly subtle in its initial presentation. Being a singer, you're already protecting yourself from most forms of throat cancer by not smoking. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sore throat, very smooth oral mucosa, bad mouth taste and tingling lips and itchy rash on hands feet and lips together with UTI, any possible diagnosis?

Sore throat, very smooth oral mucosa, bad mouth taste and tingling lips and itchy rash on hands feet and lips together with UTI, any possible diagnosis?

Multiple: You have a variety of symptoms involving lips, hands, feet, urinary tract, mouth. That it is difficult to guess at a diagnosis. Please see a family doctor to get an accurate history as to duration and severity and sequence of your symptoms. After some testing, a diagnosis will be reached. Best of luck and salaams. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Cardinal signs of: Influenza are sudden onset of high fever (101 or higher with hard chills/sweats), body/muscle pain, respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose).Easy to test for rapidly. Important to diagnose and treat within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. Anti-viral flu medicine works best if started within this 48 hour window. ...Read more

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I had a sore throat, cough and fever like 2 months back. Though it has gone now, My throat is kinda itchy, tickly, etcc. Since then. I threw out mucus A lot?

I had a sore throat, cough and fever like 2 months back. Though it has gone now, My throat is kinda itchy, tickly, etcc. Since then. I threw out mucus A lot?

Allergy: Itchy throat is a symptom of allergy, you may want to consider loratidine by mouth and you may benefit from steroid nasal spray ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 25 years it started with a sore throat. Now my throat just feels itchy. It irritates my throat and ill start coughing like crazy. During my cough my chest starts to hurt. Kinda feels like I need to catch my breath. I've tried advil, mucinex, therafl

Hi. I'm 25 years it started with a sore throat. Now my throat just feels itchy. It irritates my throat and ill start coughing like crazy. During my cough my chest starts to hurt. Kinda feels like I need to catch my breath. I've tried advil, mucinex, therafl

Allergies/asthma: The symptoms you describe sound like they might be caused by allergies to something in your indoor or outdoor environment (pollens, dust, grass, pet fur/dander, etc). You might also have some reactive airway disease exacerbated by the same. Examine your environment for potential allergens and try to eliminate exposure to them. If this does not resolve, seek further medical evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Cough, sore throat and an itchy feeling in my chest?

Cough, sore throat and an itchy feeling in my chest?

Well: Can't be several things could be a virus or allergic reaction. For specific diagnosis and treatment consult Healthtap for a video visit or visit a primary care doctor in person ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat, productive cough and itchy skin for over a month, what could this be?

I have had a sore throat, productive cough and itchy skin for over a month, what could this be?

Allergies: Sounds like persistant exposure to an allergen or potent irritant. See your doc and have her look at you, and talk about anything new/ different in the home or work, or if you changed detergents, etc. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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