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Sore throat, swollen neck during vacationing followed by ear pain during swallowing which is reducing gradually. Is treatment required?

While vacationing in Mammoth, my 15 yr old daughter developed a sore throat and swollen neck on the left side of throat three days before returning home. She had ear pain when she swallowed for about a day. For two days she said it felt weird to swallow, but she was active and no fever . The swelling seems to be going down now that we ve returned, and she insists she feels fine. Is this worth a trip to the doctor or should I simply monitor the swelling to make sure it indeed goes away now that we are back home? Doesgoing to a high altitude have anything to do with this?
Asked On : Thu, 16 Aug 2012
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Welcome to HCM.

Based on the symptom i think she might be suffering either from upper respiratory tract infection / tonsillitis.

I advice you to do warm salt water gargling 5 to 6 times a day. Ear pain might be due to blocked Eustachian tube, it will be reduced by steam inhalation.

I advice you to follow the above mentioned approach, if it does not help i advice you to see ENT specialist for examination and exact diagnosis.

Hope I have provided the information you needed.
Wish you good health. Take care.
Answered: Fri, 17 Aug 2012
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