Q tips cannot be entirely blamed for your problem,but there is also possibility for them to create these symptoms. nowadays its been advised by the ENT surgeons that a simple cleaning of an ear requires an expert,though these q tips are considered safer to use. Fevers,swollen throat often points towards a throat infection
rather than an ear infection
. but sometimes the enlargement of lymph nodes due to ear infection often misunderstood by patients as throat infection unless otherwise its been checked by a physician or an ENT surgeon.so your problem mostly points towards an ear infection rather than throat infection or flu
syndrome.the tympanic membrane which seperates outer ear from middle ear often gets attacked while vigorous cleaning of the ear unless otherwise the particular person is expert in that.this may lead to middle ear infection,swollen lymph nodes
and so on. hence its better for you to get checked with an Ent surgeon.dont delay the process.get well soon.