Should You Go To ENT Or Continue The Medicine?
It’s been 5 days since my throat hurts to the right ear, to swallow saliva, food, drink, it hurts to the right ear. I checked yesterday and took the medicine. Until now there has been no change at all, I checked it at a general practitioner, not an ENT doctor. Is this the medicine to be continued or what?
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The throat and ear are connected by means of a tube called the Eustachian tube. This channel directly connects the nasopharynx (the segment of the throat that is located behind the nasal cavity) with the middle ear. Therefore, pain in the throat area can spread to the ears, and vice versa.
In most cases, pain in the throat and ear is caused by an inflammation. This inflammation generally starts from the throat (pharyngitis), then spreads to the middle ear (otitis media) through the Eustachian tube. The triggers for pharyngitis can come from viral infections, bacterial infections, to other causes, such as allergies, exposure to dry air, irritation, excessive stretching of the throat muscles, reflux of stomach acid, benign or malignant tumors, and so on. Not only pain, sufferers can also experience coughing, a lump in the throat, full ears, decreased hearing function, fever, and various other complaints.
Apart from pharyngitis, you can also experience pain in your throat and ears due to other causes, for example, jaw joint disorders (temporomandibular junction disorder), throat tumors, tinnitus, head injuries, psychosomatic disorders, and so on.
The steps you took before were right, namely first checking your complaint with a general practitioner. General practitioners have sufficient competence to detect and provide initial treatment for pain in the throat and ear as well as yours. In general, with proper treatment, complaints will improve within 1 to 3 days. However, if you do not feel any improvement within 3 days, you can check your complaint again with an ENT specialist for further evaluation, for example through examinations using otoscopy, X-rays, blood tests, and so on. Thus, handling can be done with the right target.
At this time, you should still take medication from your doctor as directed, unless otherwise advised by your ENT specialist. Drink lots of warm water first, reduce the consumption of foods that are oily, spicy, and prone to trigger aggravation of pain in your throat. Get plenty of rest, first avoid excessive yelling, and also avoid exposure to excessive noise.
Hope it helps ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah