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Ear pain, bleeding, ear pressure, sore throat. Serious symptoms?

I have had some ear pain for about a week and this morning when I cleaned my ear with a cotton swab, there was a small amount of blood on the end. I ve had a lot of ear pressure for some time, as well as some sore throat on the same side of my throat that I am having the ear pain. Is this all involved? I have a doctors appointment made for next Wednesday (today is Friday). Is it ok for me to wait until next Wednesday? Thank you
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello dear...
All these symptoms suggest that you might be having upper respiratory tract infection.
There is a connecting tract (known as Eustachian tube) between the nasopharynx & middle ear through which infection can spread to ear.
Also obstruction to this Eustachian tube can lead to ear pain by un-equalisation of pressure between the nasopharynx & middle ear.
And the presence of blood in the cotton swab may be attributed to injury of ear canal.

The management consists of:
1. Drinking of warm fluids to reduce throat pain
2. Antihistamines to provide symptomatic relief from cold.
3. Nasal decongestants to relieve ET tube obstruction.
4. Analgesics to take care of pain & fever(if any)
5. Antibiotics...if bacterial infection is suspected. will be better to consult the Doctor & start treatment.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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