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I have had a sore throat, ear pain, and now a sore tongue…

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I have had a sore throat, ear pain, and now a sore tongue only on my right side. No other symptoms. But the ear ache is driving me insane.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the symptoms? Do you have a fever?

2-3 days. No fever.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Nothing.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Health
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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 11 months ago
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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 11 months ago

What is your age?

Do you have any swelling of the right side of jaw or neck?

Any hearing issue?

Are you diabetic?

Any dental or gum problems?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
22. No swelling. No hearing issues. Not diabetic. No dental issues.I thought the sore throat (first symptom) might have been general allergies, but my allergies dont ever affect me that way. And I've been taking my daily zyrtec.
Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 11 months ago

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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 11 months ago

Your symptoms point to Otalgia. It means ear pain. This can have two origin;

1) pain due to ear conditions.

2) referred pain due to other conditions which have diverse cause.

The ear conditions can be;

1) external otitis,

2) otitis media,

3) mastoiditis, and

4) auricular infections.

The conditions which can cause referred pain can be (these are main conditions);

1) Ramsay Hunt syndrome
2) Temporomandibular Disorders
3) Trigeminal Neuralgia
4) Dental infection or abscess
5) Labyrinthitis; internal ear infection

6) Sinusitis; sinus infection

7) Pharyngitis; throat infection

These above conditions involve the nerves of ear and tongue together and thus there are symptoms for both the region. These symptoms warrant an examination by an ENT surgeon as soon as possible for ascertainment of the cause.

If you have sores (or burn) on tongue, this can cause tongue pain as well as pain ear.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Are any of these more consistent with the pain occuring only on the one side of my throat, ear, and tongue?
Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 11 months ago

All of these can occur only on one side of throat, ear or tongue; thus the pain in only one ear.

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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 11 months ago

An ear pain gives a constant sensation of discomfort, and is significantly annoying; but I can assure that there is no life threatening issue associated. So if you are anxious, please relax.

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