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Pain in the ear and neck, swollen lymph node behind the ear. Pain getting worse on smoking. Cancer chances or allergy?

for about 2 years now I have been having pain in my right ear sometimes I get a swollen lymph node right behind my ear and pain in neck but it only happens on the right side. it comes and goes. if I smoke cigarettes the pain gets worse or listen to my headphones sometimes the noise makes the ear pain worse.I have been to the dr and they suspect that it is due to my allergies but I havent had any thourough testing or havent seen a specialist. I was concerned that it could be linked to cancer since I have smoked cigarettes in the past but I really dont have any other of the common symptoms of throat cancer other then the swollen lymph nodes that comes every now and again and the ear pain. I do seem to have a constant drainage of mucus . I live in city that has alot of trees and alot of people as well as myself here complain about constant allergies.Any suggestions?
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Hi welcome to Health care magic forum.
Thanks for choosing H.C.M.Forum.
Your problem appears to be the chronic suppurative otitis media, means middle ear infection may be secondary to allergic rhinitis. Ear pain, occasional ear discharge, glands in the neck, and neck pain all may be the symptoms. It may lead to mastoiditis the infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear, due to spread of infection from the middle ear.
I advise you to consult an E.N.T.surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. You may need to have M.R.I.of the head, besides other routine tests for confermation of the disease.
Conservative treatment may be sufficient to get complete relief, if not you may need to have an operation mastiodectomy for relief of the disease.
Avoid taking fruits and juices, ice cream, and ice water till you get complete relief. Avoid dust, flowers, etc till you get relief.
Wishing for a quick relief. Still if you have any doubts you can approach H.C.M.
Best regards.

Answered: Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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