Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

can ear infection cause head pain

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
36 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Yes: Ear infections can cause headaches, but they can also produce other complications. It is always best to check with your doctor.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kalt
33 years experience in Ophthalmology
Yes: A sinus infection can cause referred pain around the eyes. Pain in the back of the head may not be related to the sinus infection, but could be relate ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience in General Practice
Headache yes: Blockage of the eustachian tube causing the accumulation of fluids in the middle ear. A bacterial or viral infection of this fluid is usually what pro ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Something else?: Most ear infections are improving within 24-48hr of treatment initiation. Most people have distinct ear pain, which would be different than a headach ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Koos
20 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Otitis Media/Externa: Yes, the pain can be referred and also exaggerated on opening and closing. The opposite is true too, you can have TMJ issues or tooth abscesses that ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
17 years experience in Pediatrics
Ear infections: People generally refer to middle ear infections as "ear infections." outer ear infections are also fairly common. When an infection is present infecte ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wang
Dr. Gary Wang answered
39 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
ear neck pain. : Usually not. The symptoms seems like cervical nerve root irritated.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience in Orthodontics
No: Have ear examined by physician. Have teeth examined by dentist. While referred pain is a well known phenomenon, this is not a normal pathway.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: The areas are connected by proximity and shared neurologic channels.
1
1 thank
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
23 years experience in Ophthalmology
Generally No!: Sinus infection tend to cause frontal headache. Neck pain and stiffness should be looked at carefully in setting of a fever. Any light sensiti ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Kuitems
38 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes : Yes
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Acute sinusitis by causing inflammation in the nose and nasal cavity can secondarily cause swelling in the eustachian tube. This eustachian tube swel ... Read More
13
13 thanks
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Allergies: Yes allergies and /or sinus infections can cause achiness, neck and ear pain.
1
1 thank
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galperin
31 years experience in Pain Management
Dizziness: Yes, absolutely.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Bapna
17 years experience in Facial Plastic Surgery
Sinus headaches: Sinus problems and sinus infections are a common cause of headaches. Treatments for this include antibiotics, steroids, decongestants and possibly sur ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Anderson
18 years experience in Dentistry
Sinus Infection: Sinus infection can cause headaches--including pressure headaches. It often causes toothaches as well. No dental treatment is necessary--most ofte ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Prithvi Sawh
29 years experience in Pediatrics
Unlikely: If we are talking about an infant sometimes occasionally pulling on the ears may be symptom. There are "tics" which are usually twitching, eye blinkin ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sinusitis: Sinusitis usually causes pain and pressure, not numbness. If there is swelling, you can get a feeling of numbness, however.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: An ear infection can give a symptom of tooth pain and a tooth infection can be perceived as ear pain. Internal pain is referred or broadcast to certai ... Read More
4
4 thanks
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience in Pediatrics
See below: You will have a conductive hearing loss because of the fluid behind the ear drum. Once the infection has resolved, your hearing will return.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ayman Matta
26 years experience in Ophthalmology
Yes it can: Often times chronic sinusitis can produce pain around or behind the eyes. In advanced conditions the infection can spread to the retro orbital struct ... Read More
1
1 comment
6
6 thanks
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Rarely: Unless the mastoid sinuses are infected, the pain is not expected to be in the areas. I suspect that you may have a jaw problem from teeth grinding. C ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Dizziness: Yes an inner ear infection can cause pain and dizziness.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month