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Why have I had an ear ache and trouble swallowing for over five months?

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Posted on Sun, 11 Apr 2021
Question: Hi,

I've had an ear ache and trouble swallowing for 5 months. My doctor said it's just allergies and to take Flonaise nasal spray. Doesn't help much. Any advice?

Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Earache and difficulty swallowing 5 months

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

5 months of earache and dysphagia with little or no improvement with antihistamines and Flonaise warrants further assessment. You need to consult an ENT specialist through your GP or take a second opinion if you are already consulting one. The history, examination including an otoscopic exam would provide your ENT specialist the necessary information to start you on empiric therapy rather than advising any investigations , initially. Only , diabetes needs to be ruled out and your doctor may advise HBA1c and fasting/ random blood sugar tests in this regard. Otitis externa and chronic otitis media are the likely diagnosis and treatment can be started once the cause is ascertained.


Wishing you best of health

Thanks

Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me
Dr. M.S. Khalil

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (9 hours later)
OK. I will consult an ear and throat specialist, Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Most welcome

Detailed Answer:
You are most welcome
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Why have I had an ear ache and trouble swallowing for over five months?

Brief Answer: Earache and difficulty swallowing 5 months Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern 5 months of earache and dysphagia with little or no improvement with antihistamines and Flonaise warrants further assessment. You need to consult an ENT specialist through your GP or take a second opinion if you are already consulting one. The history, examination including an otoscopic exam would provide your ENT specialist the necessary information to start you on empiric therapy rather than advising any investigations , initially. Only , diabetes needs to be ruled out and your doctor may advise HBA1c and fasting/ random blood sugar tests in this regard. Otitis externa and chronic otitis media are the likely diagnosis and treatment can be started once the cause is ascertained. Wishing you best of health Thanks Let me know if you have any query Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action. For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me Dr. M.S. Khalil