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Suggest treatment for swollen eustachian tube and sinus infection

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: swollen eustachian tube and eardrum from bacterial sinus infection causing pain in that side of throat, dr said to wait two more weeks. it is getting better, it has been 6 days, but i can still feel it a bit. could this be a sign of throat cancer
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
This is not likely to be cancer.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction ( ETD) due to sinusitis is a vert common condition.

2. An Impedance Audiometry (Tympanometry) is a simple test to check Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Function and detect pressure changes / fluid in the middle ear.

3. I usually investigate the nasal end of the Eustachian Tube only in one sided problems that do not respond to treatment.

4. You seem to be responding to treatment, hence there is no cause for worry.

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

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumit Bhatti (3 minutes later)
would a swollen eustachian tube and eardrum cause a little pain in that side of the throat though? also how long does it take to completely clear up? i also flew 8 times in the past 3 weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Ear Barotrauma while flying. Sore throat due to PND/ sinusitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

1. The sore throat and the Eustachian Tube swelling is from the PND (Post Nasal Drip) due to the sinusitis.

2. Flying during such a condition cause Barotrauma to the ear as the ETD makes it difficult to equalize the middle ear pressures during the flight.

3. Acute sinusitis should settle down in a few days or a couple of weeks. If it lasts more than 4-8 weeks, it is known as chronic sinusitis.

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

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for swollen eustachian tube and sinus infection

Brief Answer: This is not likely to be cancer. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. 1. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction ( ETD) due to sinusitis is a vert common condition. 2. An Impedance Audiometry (Tympanometry) is a simple test to check Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Function and detect pressure changes / fluid in the middle ear. 3. I usually investigate the nasal end of the Eustachian Tube only in one sided problems that do not respond to treatment. 4. You seem to be responding to treatment, hence there is no cause for worry. I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any more questions I will be available to answer them. Regards.