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If you suspect you have strep throat
with an ear block – especially if you are running a fever
– you should check in with your doctor. She will most likely give you a “strep test” (a simple throat culture
collected by a swab to the tonsils) to determine if it is in fact a strep infection. Sometimes you can have a viral infection that causes a sore throat
and is accompanied by ear block, sneezing
, running nose, etc., but this is different than strep throat, which is a bacterial infection
If the doctor determines that you have strep throat, you should get treatment, preferably antibiotics, as soon as possible. And of course, you should get plenty of rest so that your body is able to heal properly.
Hope this helps