I have had a popping left ear for six weeks that worsens on talking and singing. What could be the cause?

Q. What causes popping ear and throat infection that worsens on talking and singing?

Answered by
Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 21, 2023 and last reviewed on: Sep 10, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had a popping left ear for at least six weeks which has not developed much worse but has not improved. After getting a cold, I started getting a painful throat on the right side. It feels swollen, but the doctor assured me there was no swelling of any glands. It is still uncomfortable to swallow and feels like there is a big lump which becomes more aggravated when I talk or sing. The doctor prescribed me a tablet of Amoxicillin for an ear infection and a tablet of Azithromycin for a throat infection. I have been on acid reflux medication for at least a month, so I am ruling out that it could be that. I am working on a cruise ship with constant air conditioning and cannot see an ENT due to the ports we dock in. Kindly help.



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I suggest you continue chewing gum. This will restore your eustachian tube function, and the popping can be decreased. Drink warm fluids, and avoid cold, icy, and spicy foods. I suggest you take an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen tablet once or twice daily. Once you reach the port, I suggest you perform a neck ultrasound to see the nature and connections of the lump. Kindly photograph your throat and neck lump using your mobile phone camera and send it. Thank you.

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