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What is the treatment for severe ear pain and throat infection?

About 2 years ago I developed a throat infection accompanied by a severe pain in my ear and a skin infection on one side of my face this was followed by bouts of coughing my doctor treated me for whooping cough which became very severe it lasted nearly 1 year , I have still got this annoying cough , it simply will not go away I have a feeling there is some connection with my ear What could it be? I am 70 years old
Sun, 29 Nov 2020
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Hi,

Your history of throat infection, pain in ear and skin infection on one side of face indicates herpes zoster which looks to be missed 2 years ago. As you may know Herpes takes a longer time to heal in older age groups, can take months together and the reduced immunity gives additional problems which looks to be your case continued coughing.

Coughing for such a long time needs to be evaluated well:
- X-ray or CT scan of chest
- Mantoux test for tuberculosis
- Tests of blood like ESR, TB Gold test and as required
- ENT Endoscopy and consultation of an ENT Surgeon helps a lot
- Pulmonary function tests and second opinion of a pulmonologist will help to find something that is missed

All these things together will give a proper diagnosis enabling a proper and specific treatment to give you permanent relief.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What is the treatment for severe ear pain and throat infection?

Hi, Your history of throat infection, pain in ear and skin infection on one side of face indicates herpes zoster which looks to be missed 2 years ago. As you may know Herpes takes a longer time to heal in older age groups, can take months together and the reduced immunity gives additional problems which looks to be your case continued coughing. Coughing for such a long time needs to be evaluated well: - X-ray or CT scan of chest - Mantoux test for tuberculosis - Tests of blood like ESR, TB Gold test and as required - ENT Endoscopy and consultation of an ENT Surgeon helps a lot - Pulmonary function tests and second opinion of a pulmonologist will help to find something that is missed All these things together will give a proper diagnosis enabling a proper and specific treatment to give you permanent relief. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon