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Pain in the ear and throat, bacterial infection? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   I need a help or suggestion please
Doctor :   Sure.
User :   I am having pain in my left ear since morning
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i feel it when i swallow something or yawn
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and have a light pain in troat too
Doctor :   Ok
User :   can you help me with this or suggest some medicine please?
Doctor :   I would like to know few more things before suggesting you: Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   yes please go ahead
User :   29
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol or smoke?
User :   i smoke and alcohol occassionally
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know the frequency of smoking?
User :   6 to 8 per day
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you consume filter water or normal water?
User :   normal water
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Along with throat pain and ear ache do you have any other associated symptoms?
User :   no i dont have fever or anything
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you on any regular medications?
User :   nope...
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Any difficulties in hearing or any discharge from the ear?
User :   no i can hear normally or no discharge from ear everything normal, i feel pain when i press the ear or use buds
User :   but its only since this morning
Doctor :   After going through the description provided by you, I feel the symptoms you described are associated with bacterial infection of the throat like acute tonsillitis or infection of the ear like furunclitis.
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you: User :   ok
Doctor :   In acute tonsillitis, due to enlarged tonsils produces pain and the same nerve also supplies the ear producing ear ache.
Doctor :   This is know as referred pain.
Doctor :   The other possibiltiy would be furunclitis in the ear canal.
Doctor :   This is the bacterial infection of the hair follicle in the ear canal producing pain on closing the tragus.
User :   ok
Doctor :   I advise you to see an ENT specialist as you might be requiring a course of antibiotics.
Doctor :   Meanwhile you can follow these measures: Doctor :   1. Salt water gargling, this would help in reducing inflammation and soothing the throat.
Doctor :   2. Consume only boiled water
Doctor :   3. Avoid ear buds or any other instruments in cleaning the ear.
Doctor :   4. wipe of the water and from the ear canal after taking bath as water can lead to infection.
Doctor :   In the ear canal can be done by pressing the ear on the tilting the head on that side.
Doctor :   Did you follow my suggestions?
User :   yup i am reading and making note
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   In the ear canal can be done by pressing the ear on the tilting the head on that side. I didnt understand this please
Doctor :   Considering cleaning water from the left ear after bath, you can tilt the head on the left side and press the tragus as this would lead the water to flow out.
Doctor :   But please dont use any instruments and ear buds to clean the ear canal.
User :   ok understood
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   Can i take antibiotics like Amoxixilin ?
Doctor :   Yes, you can but I suggest you see an ENT specialist before taking any prescription medications like antibiotics.
User :   ok will do
User :   but nothing serious is it?
Doctor :   No, I dont feel its serious, It should be a bacterial infection.
Doctor :   but has to get a physical examination to know the exact cause.
User :   ok will do thanks
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   no
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   thanks for your help
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   Pleasure is mine
Doctor :   Bye for now.

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