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On Humira injection, doing good with arthritis condition. Had sore throat, pain in ear. Treatment?

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Hi Doctor.
I am 67 of age and on Humira Injections since 2011. Doing good with my artritis condition. Since three days I had a soar throat with slight pain in right ear. As I am using Immunosuppressor injection please advise some treatment.
Thanks & regards,
Posted Fri, 2 Aug 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 1 hour later

Thank you for your query.

1. Medications such as Humira (adalimumab) are TNF (Tumor Necrosis factor) inhibitors and hence they suppress the immune system, thereby decreasing the body's ability to counter infections.

2. First, get an ENT examination done to check the throat and right ear. If the ear is normal (including hearing tests), then this is a referred sensation due to the sore throat.

3. Your doctor may treat the sore throat depending upon other parameters such as congestion, infection, fever, severity of pain and so on. Hence treatment may vary from simple medicated gargles to the use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic medication.

4. In view of the fact that you are on Humira Injections, I would strongly suggest that you avoid treating this on your own and seek immediate medical attention. Many other similar conditions such as acid reflux, allergy and so on can be ruled out by direct examination.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

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