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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can earache and sore throat be treated?

My son has a sever ear ache. Came down with sore throat and ear ache a couple of weeks ago. Also is
experiencing disiness. Sweet oil and homeopathic remedy sublingual has not made a difference. He complains that he cannot hear out of the right ear. Any suggestions?
Mon, 10 Jul 2017
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
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1. when ear ache and sore throat occur simultaneously, it is possible that the infection began in ear and spread to throat and vice versa [since both are connected via the eustachian tube which makes them both susceptible to infection]

2. consult an ENT Doctor for a strep test and for further examination and management:

i. He will inspect the throat with a good torch ad tongue depressor to look out for following possibilities:

- whether tonsils are red & inflamed with tender tonsillar lymph nodes below the angle of mandible [acute tonsillitis]
- whether entire throat i.e. posterior pharyngeal wall is inflamed [acute pharyngitis]
- are there inflamed rough granules over the posterior pharyngeal wall [granular pharyngitis]
- If he sees a white patch anywhere in the throat he might suspect ' diphtheria'

ii. whatever be the cause, management of them remain the same:
. steam inhalation: 3-4 times a day.
. warm salt water gargles.
. voice rest and rest at home.
. take hot drinks to sip, avoid fried foods, cold drinks, ice cream, oily food
. Antibiotic, in either case, would be azithromycin/erythromycin and syrup ibuprofen and paracetamol for symptomatic relief from pain and fever

PS. If however fever still continues, check with an Infectious disease specialist
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