Sore Throat & Ear Pain

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The throat and ears have a direct relationship. The Eustachian tube, which is responsible for keeping fluid out of the middle ear, is connected to the throat. If the tube swells in part to a sore throat, this leads to blockage. This escalating pressure in the ear results in an earache.

Sore Throat & Ear Pain
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Physiology

The ears, nose and throats are closely connected. If an infection, inflammation, or allergy results, there can be discomfort in all areas. Sinus cavities filter and warm air before it arrives to the lungs. These pockets are also connected with the throat and ear. When passages become stuffy or accumulates mucus, it causes pain in the ears. The connection between ear, nose and throat permits the exchange of fluid in the areas, leading to infection.

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Sore Throat

A sore throat is a condition affecting the area surrounding the tonsils, called the pharynx. Sore throats are often an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. A sore throat can be a symptom of other health issues, such as the flu or a fever. While sore throats are common in children, a person of any age can contract a sore throat.

Sore Throat
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Symptoms

A sore throat is characterized by pain and trouble swallowing. With a sore throat, the throat turns red and swollen. Pain often spreads to the ear. A sore throat is often accompanied by high temperatures and swollen lymph nodes.

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Complications

Most often a sore throat does not present any health complications and will subside in about a week. However, certain complications can develop from a sore throat. A sore throat can lead to an infection not only in the middle ear, but also in the chest or sinuses. If someone develops strep throat, they can suffer from a rash.

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Treatment

As ear pain can be created by the Eustachian tube filling with fluid and dripping to the back of the throat, it causes redness and infections in the throat. Try gargling with a solution of a half tsp. of salt and warm water every few hours. Take Tylenol to relieve pain. Drink lots of fluid and stay clear of caffeine and alcohol. If the sore throat does not subside in a week, see a doctor.

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