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Sore throat and earache often come together and can cause great pain and discomfort. There are several causes of a sore throat and earache. Where some can be mild, and you can easily manage them at home while others may require you to pay a visit to the doctor. Let us have a look at some of the causes and symptoms of sore throat and earache.

Causes and Symptoms 

  1. Chronic Sinusitis 

It can be one of the worst causes of sore throat and earache. In this condition, the sinus cavities become inflamed for at least three months, even if you are taking treatment. The inflammation affects the drainage activity of mucus, which results in a mucus buildup, leading to pain and swelling in the face. It also results in some other symptoms, such as:

  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick mucus


  1. Tooth Infection A tooth infection can sometimes cause severe pain that can crawl up to your jaw and ear on the same side. It may also make the lymph node in your neck, swollen and tender. Some other symptoms you might face, such as:


  1. Irritants

Smoking or inhaling any other chemical can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. It can also be the reason behind the inflammation of mucous membranes, which can affect the ears. These are some common irritants that can cause problems for example:

  • Cement
  • Wood dust
  • Gasoline
  1. Acid Reflux 

It might be the odd one out here, but you never know what might be hurting you. The most common symptom of acid reflux is heartburn, but there are many other, such as:

  • Indigestion
  • Sore throat
  • Feel of a lump in the throat


  1. Mononucleosis

Mono can affect anyone, but the teens in their early 20s are the primary victims. Its symptoms can be severe and last up to several weeks, such as:

  • Sore throat
  • Ear fullness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

In any event, if you are facing any of the above symptoms and thinking of visiting a doctor, call Family Diagnostic Clinic at 281-351-6800, and book an appointment.

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