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A 41-year-old member asked:

why do my ears hurt so much when i try to swim to the bottom of the pool?

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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Maybe ETD: Maybe eustachian tube dysfunction - not being able to clear ears ("pop" them open) when diving. Divers need to clear your ears every 5-10 feet of diving to prevent ear pain and damage to ears. Could also be a hole in ear drum. Be careful that you do not dive if you notice drainage or blood from ear or have vertigo ("spinning") during or after diving.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Pressure change: The pressure of the water against the air in the outside of your ear drum becomes so high it causes pain. Holding your nose and blowing air into the middle ear equalizes the pressure between the outside of the drum and inside instantly stopping here pain.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for my right and left ears to hurt at different times? What kind of tests can I take?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
See your MD or ENT: Ear pain can be caused by ear infections, both inner and outer as well as other problems. Another common cause of ear pain in my office is temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (tmj/tmd i.e. Jaw joint pain). If the problem is recurring and/or not responding to therapy, seek the care of a specialist. A knowledgable exam will determine the problem. Best wishes.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Why does my ears hurt when I put buds in?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Ear buds&ears?NEVER: One hting we were taught in medical school is to never put anything larger than your elbow inside your ear! to clean your ears you use commercially available ear drops or hydrogen peroxide. They don't hurt&are much safer. The hydrogen peroxide dissolves the wax, you leave it in for 5 minutes or so. Then use a wisp of tissue to dab it dry. Repeat weekly/biweekly depending on wax degree.
A member asked:

When I fly my ears hurt and wont pop. What can I do to cause them to not hurt?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
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Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Nasal decongestant: Afrin (oxymetazoline) 30 minutes prior to flying.
A 47-year-old member asked:

My stretched ears hurt and are swollen and red. Could it be infected?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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A 34-year-old female asked:

I have a bump behind both if my ears they hurt really bad and hurt around the bumps what could it be?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Postauricular LAD: Lymphadenopathy or inflamed/enlarged lymph nodes (ln) involving the postauricular lymph nodes can present as painful bumps behind the ears. There are ln's throughout the body. Their main function is to help clear infections, usually viral and bacterial. Postauricular nodes can enlarge and become painful due to a nearby infection. Other causes are possible so be sure to see your dr if unresolved.

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