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Ear Infection & Sore Throat

Ear discomfort and sore throat can be the result of either a virus or infection. In the case of a virus, you usually have to just let it run its course by resting at home in bed. A doctor, however, typically treats an ear or throat infection, so that it doesn’t grow into something worse.

Ear Infection

The first sign of an ear infection is fever. Ear infections are more common in infants and children than they are in adults, but can still affect adults nevertheless.

If you suspect you have (or your child has) an ear infection it’s best to seek medical attention. Let your doctor know if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or ringing in your ears
  • Fever
  • Trouble hearing
  • Congested (plugged up) ears
  • Excessive ear wax build-up

Sore Throat

Sore throats and coughs are common during cold and flu season, but can be indicators of more serious medical conditions.

Consult your doctor if you (or your child) have a sore throat that is accompanied by any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Your breath has an odd smell for no apparent reason
  • Fever
  • The back of your throat is swollen or has little white bumps
  • Your lymph glands in your neck and/or throat are swollen