Many things can cause a sore throat, a cold being the most common. Similarly, ear pain has some underlying causes, including allergies and sinus infections. Generally, a sore throat is not a cause for concern and will improve within a few days. However, sore throat and ear pain occurring together may indicate a condition that may require medical assistance.
What Are the Potential Causes of a Sore Throat and Ear Infection Occurring Together?
Factors causing ear and throat pain include:
Strep Throat Strep throat, a contagious bacterial infection, can lead to a painful sore throat. Additionally, the bacteria from the throat may travel into the middle ear and eustachian tubes, causing an ear infection.
It is an inflammation of the tonsils caused by bacteria and viruses, causing swollen lymph nodes, fever, and pain when swallowing.
This is an infectious disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, resulting in sore throat, the sensation of ear fullness, muscle weakness, and fatigue.
Allergies can cause an inflammation of the mucus membranes that result in ear blockage that causes ear pain. A sore throat is sometimes experienced as well with allergies.
This condition inflames the sinus cavities for about 12 weeks, interfering with mucus drainage and causing a buildup that results in symptoms like ear pain, sore throat, and bad breath.
It occurs when contents of your stomach or stomach acid flow back into your esophagus, causing sore throat, sour taste, and indigestion. These symptoms worsen when bending over, lying down, or after a heavy/irritating meal.
Inhaling irritants such as smoke, wood dust, cement, chlorine, and oven and industrial cleaners can irritate your eyes, throat, and nose.
Tooth Infection or Abscess
It can cause severe pain that extends to your jaw and ear on the same side. You may also experience swollen lymph nodes.
Can Ear Infections Cause Sore Throat?
Yes! Yes! Inflammation and pressure buildup can cause intense pain and other symptoms when your ear becomes infected, such as a sore throat and sinus pressure.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.