Q. I have ear pain on and off for months with drainage down the throat and fever. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Bruce Eric Hudkins
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 30, 2020 and last reviewed on: Mar 24, 2021

Hi doctor,

I have a deep ear pain on and off for months with a feeling of drainage going down my throat. Before few years, I had a eustachian tube dysfunction with pain, pressure, and hearing loss. I have them on and off for the past few years. Right now, I have a low-grade fever for the past six days. I have lost some weight after having this ear pain. I do not know what is going on with me. Please help me.



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You seem to have a low-grade otitis externa. You can take Clotrimazole 1% drops. Use it twice a day for seven days. If you are unable to pop your ears, then you do not have a eustachian tube dysfunction. But if you are able to pop your ears, then you can start using a nasal spray twice a day for few months. You can also have sinusitis causing drainage. It is good to visit an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. If you have a poor sense of smell and fatigue with low-grade fever, then you can have COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). If the symptoms get worse, then it is necessary to consult your near-by doctor soon. In the meantime, you can follow social distancing.

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