Can an ear infection cause swollen tonsils?

Yes. Any infection can cause the tonsils and adenoid tissue to enlarge. This should resolve in the next few weeks but could take several months for the tonsils to return to normal size. The other possibility is that enlarged adenoids (associated with the enlarged tonsils) caused the middle ear fluid and resulting ear infection.
Yes . Upper respiratory infections of all types can cause swelling of the tonsils, which are actually specialized for helping grow the cells that fight infection. The inner ear, or eustachian tube, can be thought of as part of the upper respiratory tract. Also, inflammation in the tonsils can actually lead to the blockage and fluid buildup that eventually leads to ear infection.

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Daughter 5 has a long split uvular and very large tonsils, has a lisp and also has re occurring throat and ear infections is this something to worry?

Prob not maybe maybe. You mention five issues in 1 question. Please break these down for us. The split uvula is not unusual but may be associated with midline abnormalities of the brain. Large tonsils may cause sleep apnea. The lisp needs speech therapy. Throat and ear issues depends on resolution and many other factors. Worry is a wasted emotion. Don't do it. Investigate your daughters multiple chronic issues w MD! Read more...

I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

Swollen lymph nodes. When infections drain they drain to the closest lymph system which takes debris and bacteria out of the system . The neck has the closest lymph nodes to the ears. Read more...

I have a bad ear infection. Left side of face is swollen and there is a large lump below my ear. Can't sleep cause of how much pain there is.?

See a doctor. Swelling of the face suggests a significant infection. Please see your doctor as soon as possible for examination and treatment. Read more...
See doctor. If you haven't already seen a physician, see one today. Your doctor can make sure that there is nothing more than an ear infection and prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Motrin can help with the pain while you are waiting for an appointment to see your doctor. Read more...
MD ASAP. This may have gone past a simple ear infection (otitis media). You are describing symptoms of mastoiditis. This is an infection spreading from the middle ear to form an abscess in the mastoid air spaces of the temporal bone. There is system wide infection with swelling that typically pushes the ear down and forwards. Please seek medical attention asap. Read more...

Hi, I have a bad ear infection, It's right on the edge of my ear and feels swollen. I think I scratched it and that's what caused it. Help?!

Ear infection. One of the more common reasons for external ear infections is some type of trauma to the ear - like a cotton tip applicator or even injury from getting a hair cut or piercings. Redness, tenderness, swelling, drainage from the site or ear should be treated to prevent an infection of the ear cartilage called Chondritis or Perichondritis. Read more...

Can fungal ear infection cause lower jaw muscle pain? I got my ear pain fixed by doctor but some how the pain reached my jaw and it is swollen

Unusual problem. Fungal infections are more uncommon that bacterial or viral but the problem is they are more difficult to treat and have a high tendency to recur. There is also evidence to show they can spread to include the parotid salivary gland which runs below your ear along the side of your jaw. It sounds like some kind of follow-up is needed and a dentist can look to rule out a tooth-based cause. Read more...
TMJ swelling. Just below your ear is a joint that allows your lower joint to open and close. Doctors may call it the tempero-mandibular joint or TMJ for short. Swelling from your ear may have spread to your tmj, but there are other possible causes. Tmj problems can be treated, some by physicians and others by dentists. Read more...