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Have sore throat and swollen neck. Had blocked tear ducts as a baby. Suggestions?

I suffered from a near constant sore throat throughout my teenage years (with a few tonsillitis flare ups along the way), but fortunately it went away a couple of years ago. Just recently it seems to have started up again. Also, I get a popping/crackling sensation in the right side of my face near my ear when I puff my cheeks out, and my neck feels quite swollen. Any suggestions as to what might be going on? Only other thing that may be relevant is I had blocked tear ducts as a baby.
Asked On : Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Welcome in H.C.M. for consultation.
I have gone through your query regarding recurrent sore throat , swollen neck and popping and crackling sensation in right side of face.
As you said that you have recurrent sore throat in your entire teen age and time to time attacks of tonsillitis. It might be possible that due to chronic infection in tonsils and recurrent sore throat you have cervical lymphadenitis and thus your neck appears swollen.
Recurrent sore throat is responsible for blocking Eustachian tube thus whenever you blow your cheek or even swallow saliva a clicking sound may be heard.
You have also asked about blocked tear duct that can also be managed by thorough examination of your nose and eye and if condition permits than by ENDOSCOPIC D.C.R. operation.
Hope your query is explained.

With Regards.
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
Most probably you have again developed pharyngitis (infection of pharynx) along with tonsilitis.Popping cracking sensation near the ear is due to blocked eustachain tube(tube which connects ear with pharynx) secondary to pharyngitis.The swollen neck could be due to enlargement of cervical lymph nodes secondary to pharyngitis and tonsilitis.I would suggests you to consult an ENT Surgeon who may examine you and may prescribe you appropriate treatment.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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