The ear is critical to hearing and balance in our body. Ear conditions can result in problems performing simple activities in daily life. Ear symptoms include hearing loss, ear discharge, ear pain, ringing in the ears and giddiness.
The nose functions as a portal of air entry into our respiratory system, equilibrates pressure to our sinuses and middle ear, cleans the air of foreign particles and enables us to smell. Nose symptoms include itchy, runny nose, blocked nose, nose bleeds, post nasal drip, and problems with smell (decreased or absent).
The throat is important for taste, swallowing and speech. Symptoms include sore throat, lump in throat, problems with swallowing, voice changes, bad breath, altered taste sensation and blood stained phelgm. A persistent swelling or ulcer in your mouth may also require consultation with an ENT doctor.
It is advisable to see an ENT doctor if you have noticed a swelling in the neck for a few weeks. These swellings may be painful or painless, persistent despite oral antibiotics, and maybe associated with ear, nose and throat symptoms.