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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes splitting headaches with ear pain, sore throat and slight fever?

I have a splitting headache focused on the right side of my head just above the temple and gets worse if I cough or from loud sounds. My ear hurts when I swallow, throat is a little sore, fatigued and developed a slight fever it an ear infection? Or tension headache? Or both? Should I go see a doctor?
Mon, 14 Apr 2014
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to Upper respiratory tract infection or Sinusitis.
There is a tract called Eustachian tube, through which infection can spread to ear from nasopharynx, leading to ear pain.

Management includes:
1. Steam inhalation.
2. Analgesics like paracetamol.
3. Nasal decongestant drops.
4. Antibiotics depending upon culture & sensitivity.
5. Antihistamine preparations can also be used to provide symptomatic relief.
6. Maintain adequate hydration & a healthy balance diet.
7. Also make sure that you are well protected from cold, dust & other allergens.

If symptoms still persist, kindly consult an ENT specialist for proper clinical examination.
Wish you good health & a speedy recovery.
Take care.
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