Pain in the throat, radiating to the ear

Sore throat is pain in the throat and often a raw and dry feeling. In addition, sore throat can radiate to one or both ears. When the pain radiates to the ear, there is often a throat infection. Inflamed throat tonsils are also the cause of this. in a small number of cases there is head and neck cancer. This can be, for example, hypopharyngeal cancer, larynx cancer or tongue cancer. These are often rare forms of cancer. Complaints are usually sore throats that radiate to the ear, but also, for example, difficulty swallowing or coughing up slimy blood.

Sore throat

What is sore throat exactly? With sore throat we experience pain in the throat. The throat is located on the upper part of the neck. The throat starts at the back of the oral cavity and then passes into the esophagus. By sore throat we mean pain in the back of the oral cavity or esophagus. In most cases it concerns complaints at the back of the oral cavity. Here are the oropharynx and the hypopharynx. The larynx is also located here. We also find the throat tonsils here.
Sore throat is always situated in the area of ​​the throat. Sore throat often starts with the tonsils, the larynx, the upper or the upper part of the esophagus. Both adults and children can get a sore throat.

Pain that radiates to the ear

Sore throat can occur unilaterally, but can also radiate. The pain often radiates to one or both ears. Sometimes it radiates to the rest of the neck. Radiant sore throat to the ear occurs in most cases.

Sore throat

By far the most famous and common cause is a throat infection. The entire throat is inflamed as a result of an infection. This can be a virus or a bacterium. With a virus is often a cold virus the cause. The rhinovirus is a cold virus of which there are a few hundred. It not only causes a cold (snot in the nose and / or cough), but also respiratory infections and throat infections. In addition, bacteria can also be responsible for a throat infection. The streptococci are a group of bacteria that cause various infections, including throat infection. Pfeiffer's disease or scarlet fever often causes a sore throat. Irritants such as tobacco smoke and alcohol can also cause inflammation.
A throat infection causes a raw feeling and pain in the throat. This pain can clearly radiate to the ears. This pain can also sometimes be felt lower in the neck. Swallowing hurts and talking is often difficult. Both the throat and the ears can feel painful. A severe throat infection may be accompanied by sometimes a high fever.
A throat infection caused by a virus cannot be treated and heals automatically. Well; Paracetamol can be taken against the pain. Throat pastilles have a soothing effect. Cold drinks flush the throat and relieve the pain. A bacterial infection can be fought well with antibiotics. Irritants can be avoided better.

Inflamed throat tonsils

The throat tonsils have a useful function: they protect the body against harmful invaders. But when the invaders are too massively present, the tonsils can no longer touch the work and become inflamed themselves. Inflamed throat tonsils are often recognizable by their white attack. At the back of the mouth you can see the almonds on either side of the tongue. White dots often form on an inflammation. Sore throat also develops. In many cases it radiates to one or both ears.

Head and neck cancer

With head and neck cancer we speak of different forms of cancer of the head or neck. On average, 2,500 people in the Netherlands are diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year. But there are several forms of this. Not every form of head and neck cancer causes a sore throat that radiates to the ear. This is the case with the following forms:

Oropharynx cancer

This form of cancer in the mouth and throat causes sore throat. This pain worsens while swallowing. Swallowing is not only painful in the throat, but also radiating to the ears. Often more mucus will be produced in the throat. Sometimes there is blood here. Smoking and alcohol consumption are risk factors for the development of oropharynx cancer. Every year this cancer occurs in 270 people in the Netherlands.

Hypopharyngeal cancer

The hypopharynx contains the lower part just above the esophagus. Symptoms include problems with swallowing, sore throat radiating to the ears, hoarseness, sometimes a noticeable swelling in the throat, feeling as if something is in the throat and stuffiness. Smoking and alcohol consumption are risk factors.

Nasal Sinus Cancer

The symptoms of nasal sinus cancer initially resemble those of sinusitis: swelling of the mucous membranes causing the nose to close, feeling full in the head, nose bleeds and facial pain. The pain can radiate to the ears. At a later stage, the eyes or teeth and molars may start to hurt. The teeth can also become loose. Risk factors include smoking, asbestos and the inhalation of irritating vapors or particulate matter.

Larynx cancer

Also with larynx (above the vocal chords) complaints occur such as sore throat, which radiates to one or both ears. In addition, there is difficulty swallowing, bloody mucus and a lump in the throat. There is hoarseness with cancer on the vocal cords. Cancer under the vocal cords often only gives cough complaints. These cough complaints do not disappear automatically. Smoking is one of the biggest causes.

Tongue cancer

With tongue cancer, a sore throat can occur in the back of the mouth that sometimes radiates to one or both ears. Swallowing may be difficult. Sometimes this is painful because the tumor presses against the cheek. Pain can also radiate to the jaws or neck. There may be an ulcer or wound on the tongue that does not heal. Later it becomes larger. Smoking is also the biggest risk in this form of head and neck cancer.

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