Ear Nose Throat Problems

What is it- This is a condition resulting in trouble with your hearing either in one ear or both.

Causes- The most common cause of hearing loss is the build up of ear wax.  Other causes include- strokes, ear infections, a perforated eardrum, severe infection like meningitis, measles, shingles, trauma, age related, family history (OtoschelerosisOtoschelerosis typically presents with gradual onset of bilateral painless hearing loss in adults between 30-50 yrs of age with associated tinnitus and a family history of hearing loss. ), inner ear infections (LabyrinthitisLabyrinthistis is a condition resulting from an inner ear infection which presents with hearing loss and tinnitus, vertigo (dizzinessof spinning) and fullness sensation in your ear. or Ménière’sMénière’s This requires a definition of the following and will require ENT opinion – feeling of vertigo lasting 20 mins to 12 hours with fluctuating hearing and tinnitus with a feeling of ear fullness in the affected ear. If you think you may be suffering with this problem Mydoc can refer you to an ENT specialist same day for review of your symptoms and further management Disease).

Treatment- This is varied as there are many causes of hearing loss. Book online now to speak to our NHS trained GPs to get a better understanding of your symptom and whether your condition will require further investigation and referral to a specialist.

For more information see below the following links 

Hearing Problems. Common hearing problems; Information | Patient

Hearing loss – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- A blocked or runny nose typically occurring with the common cold and or flu symptoms.  However many different conditions which affect the nasal cavity can result in narrowing or blockage.

Symptoms- Problems with sleep, feeling of a pressure in your head, a frontal headache, runny nose, and or  problems with sense of smell. 

Treatment- Speak to your local pharmacist as they have a wealth of knowledge on medications that you can get instant access to over the counter such as sprays decongestants, steam equipment, however if you have tried all this and or want to speak to a doctor – MyDoc is open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm and our GPs are available at a time convenient for you.

What its is- This is an ear condition resulting from inflammation of the outer ear canal.

Symptoms- Pain is the most common feature but also you may have some discharge, itching inside the ear and occasionally some hearing loss.

Treatment- This usually requires medication that will need to be prescribed.

For more information follow the link  Earache – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What its is- This is a condition of the middle ear where there is a usually a build of fluid behind the eardrum.

Symptoms-This usually causes a deep-seated intense ear pain and can be made worse sometimes with biting down.  Occasionally there may be discharge (sometimes blood stained), fever, and hearing can be affected.

Treatment– Most causes are viral related and should settle but if after 72 hours you should seek medical attention by booking an online consultation to discuss your symptoms and concerns with our GP’s.  It may require a prescription for antibiotics which we can send directly to the pharmacy of your choice 

What is it- This is a condition that is caused by inflammation of the lining of your sinus.  It is usually a viral related illness and in most cases settles .

Symptoms- You may have frontal headache above your eyes, symptoms of the common cold (cough, runny nose, sneezing, blocked nose), facial pain or discomfort,  loss of smell or even bad breath. 

Treatment- Firstly there are many over the counter medications that are available to try.  If you are concerned regarding your symptoms book online to talk to one of our experienced GP’s who can discuss your symptoms and prescribe medication that is otherwise not available over the counter. 

For further information go to Sinusitis (sinus infection) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- This is a very common condition that results from inflammation at the back of the throat. 

Symptoms- Difficulty in swallowing, hoarse or croaky voice, fever, rash during or after a few days following a sore throat (possible scarlett fever), swollen glands in your neck,  tiredness, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, hot or cold shakes, earache, struggling to eat, or unable to open your mouth wide, drooling.

You Must attend your local Accident and Emergency if you have the following signs- 

1. Drooling 

2. A sore throat quickly getting getting worse

3. Difficulty in breathing 

4. Difficulty in swallowing 

5. Associated fever > 38 degrees

Treatment- There are many over the counter medications such as lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes which can help with the discomfort and pain you are feeling.  Usually 85% of sore throats are viral related and should settle within the next 7 to 10 days but if you are concern then our NHS trained GPs will be able to offer you a prescription that we can send to local pharmacy for same day collection.

For further information on sore throats and their causes follow the following link 

Sore throat – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- This is a condition where there is the sound of ringing in one or both ears.   It can cause a significant impact into your mental wellbeing affecting sleep and even your ability to concentrate.  It is a very common problem and sometimes no cause is found.

Cause- Increasing age, noise exposure and sometimes medications such as antibiotics, NSAIDs, and diuretics.  In addition, ear infections and even build up of ear wax can cause tinnitus. 

Symptoms- Ringing, buzzing, or even a humming noise in either or one ear, vertigo, sometimes reduced hearing or hearing loss, anxiety and even depression. 

Treatment- This will depend upon the cause.  Consider lifestyle changes such as reducing loud noise exposure, or treating any infection or wax.  However, whatever the cause for your tinnitus, book online to speak to one of our GP’s via a video consultation to find the cause of your tinnitus.  It may be that our GP’s will need to refer you onwards for further tests to find the cause.     

For more information- go to British Tinnitus Association website at www.tinnitus.org.uk

Or follow the link for more information at

Tinnitus – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

IF you have tinnitus that is sudden onset, with sudden onset of dizziness, hearing loss, or weakness on one side or facial; weakness with a headache YOU MUST dial 999 and attend AE.

If you feel that your symptom is causing such a significant impact on your life and you feel like there Is no point and you have feeling of wanting to harm yourself DIAL 111 or attend your nearest AE for further medical attention.

What is it- Also known as halitosis.  This is a very common symptom resulting in an unpleasant smell of your breath.

Causes- These include gum disease or poor oral hygeine, smoking, excess alcohol, eating strong smelling foods, diet regimes that result in less carbohydrate intake.  Medical conditions can include GORD, Helicobacter pylori infection, and Diabetes

Treatment-This includes speaking to a dental hygienist, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, drinking plenty of water to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, chewing sugar free gum or trial of over the counter medications such as mouthwashes.

If you are concerned about this then please feel free to speak to our highly trained GPs by booking online from your smartphone or laptop and we can discuss treatment options with you at a time and place that is convenient to you.

You can also find further information at the following link below-

Bad breath – NHS (www.nhs.uk)


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