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Throat swallowing pain and now ear hurts

Hi I am a 27 year old female and all of a sudden I wake up and have very bad mucus. I then began to try and get it up and its a very green thick mucus. It hurts to swallow now and I am constantly feeling the mucus in my throat . Its been 3 days now and still same thing. Really worse at night. My left ear hurts when I swallow now and I don t have health insurance. What could this be?
Sat, 7 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,thanks for query.You seems to have upper respiratory infection with post nasal drip,means the secretion from nose comes in to throat.Take light diet,steam inhalation,drink more liquids -hot ones are better.Avoid cold drinks and fried foods.Take analgesic for pain that suits you.You should be fine with this.Do not worry.Wait for a day for improvement,than if not you have to visit a doctor.bye and take care.
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Homeopath Dr. Swati Ramkumar's  Response
Hello,
The symptoms that you describe are suggestive of upper respiratory tract infection with post nasal drip. The greenish color of the discharge suggests secondary bacterial infection. The pain in the ear is associated with the catarrh due to the Eustachian tube involvement. This might have occured due to climatic changes.
Take steam inhalation (do not add vicks or anything to the water, plain steam is better) Blow your nose and bring out the mucous. Warm water gargling is also necessary. Have hot milk with turmeric and a bit of black pepper to relieve your throat pain.
If it does not subside, visit your family physician, who might suggest antibiotics
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