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What causes a sore throat and earache? 

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Experiencing both a sore throat and earache at the same time can be uncomfortable and concerning. 

A sore throat, or pharyngitis, typically happens due to viral or bacterial infections, allergies, or environmental irritants. Similarly, an earache, or otalgia, can result from various factors such as infections, injury, or sinus congestion.

Why is my sore throat giving me earache?

If you have a sore throat and earache, it may be that an infection has spread through your eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of your throat and nose. 

Other causes may be: 


To avoid further complications, you should book an online consultation with a pharmacist who’ll be able to properly diagnose your condition and prescribe or recommend you appropriate treatment. 

Frequently asked questions about sore throat and earache

What causes sore throat and earache?

Common causes of sore throat and earache include viral infections, bacterial infections like strep throat, or sinusitis. Consult a pharmacist for an accurate diagnosis, and further treatment.

Can infections cause sore throat and earache?

Yes, viral and bacterial infections like strep throat can lead to both sore throat and earache. Consult your pharmacist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Do allergies cause sore throat and earache?

Yes, allergies can lead to sore throat and earache due to inflammation in the throat and ears triggered by allergens. Avoiding your allergy triggers or taking appropriate antihistamines should reduce symptoms.

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