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What over-the-counter medication should I use for ear pain due to congestion (liguid in the ear)?

What over-the-counter medication should I use for ear pain due to congestion (liguid in the ear)?

Nasal blockage: Try a nettie pot first. You are alreadt taking an otc antihistamine with decongestent. Avoid neosynephrine (phenylephrine) or afrin. They can cause rebound swelling, overusage and dependence. If it doesn't clear quickly seek medical treatment because this can lead to permenent problems including balance and loss of hearing. ...Read more

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Will sleep medication help alleviate my ear pain? I can't seem to get rid of it.

Will sleep medication help alleviate my ear pain? I can't seem to get rid of it.

Probably not: Long standing and/or severe ear pain should be evaluated. See your primary doctor or local ENT as a first step for treatment. Sleeping medicine will only cover the problem, whatever that may be. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3.8 yrs has adenoids & ear pain. Has been advised ear & adenoid surgery. Any recommended medications?

My daughter is 3.8 yrs has adenoids & ear pain. Has been advised ear & adenoid surgery. Any recommended medications?

ENT: If she's been seen by an ENT specialist and they've recommended surgery then that's the advice I'd go with. If the ear pain is from an ear infection then obviously being on an antibiotic is important. Ear surgery wouldn't be recommended unless there are recurrent ear infections, cholesteotomas or other such abnormalities. Listen to your docs. ...Read more

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After dental. Work I am having major ear pain and pressure what can I do to alleviate this? Are there medications I can take? I am terminally

After dental. Work I am having major ear pain and pressure what can I do to alleviate this? Are there medications I can take? I am terminally

More info needed: What type of work? Extraction? Root canal therapy? Deep fillings? OTC anti-inflammatory meds will help, but you should consult with the dentist who treated you. ...Read more

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He seems to be having ear pain, pressure build up and shooting pains & a white mucus covering. What is this & is there any over-the-counter drugs?!

He seems to be having ear pain, pressure build up and shooting pains & a white mucus covering. What is this & is there any over-the-counter drugs?!

Please clarify: What is the 'white mucus covering'? Your question is vague. Otc meds can work for pain, congestion and such. If the illness lasts for more than a day or two, please seek care at nhs or your private doctor. ...Read more

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He seems to be having ear pain, pressure build up and shooting pains in the ear canal. What could this be and is there any over-the-counter drugs 4 it?

He seems to be having ear pain, pressure build up and shooting pains in the ear canal. What could this be and is there any over-the-counter drugs 4 it?

Otitis media: Sounds like an ear infection. I would recommend seeing a doctor for antibiotics that will specifically target the most common bacteria that cause otitis media. I can't be sure without a physical exam, but if this continues, have a physician take a peak into his ear to see if there is an infection behind the eardrum. If it gets worse, fever does not break, etc, get to doc sooner. ...Read more

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Heart flutters when lie down the past few dys. Also had dizzyness 4 over a month when lying down. Ear pain off/on 4 a yr. I don't smoke, drink, drugs.

Heart flutters when lie down the past few dys. Also had dizzyness 4 over a month when lying down. Ear pain off/on 4 a yr. I don't smoke, drink, drugs.

Related: The ear pain and dizziness when lying down may be related - you may have otitis/labyrinthitis and you should see your primary care doctor or an ENT for that. Palpitations are present is everyone sometimes and are more apt to be noticed when lying down, esp in a quiet place without distractions. They are present in normal hearts, but if you're bothered, cardiac evaluation is not unreasonable. ...Read more

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Child ear pain?

Child ear pain?

Ear Pain Child: Ear pain is extremely common in childhood and although it is distressing, is usually caused by a minor infection that will resolve on its own.

It can be VERY painful, due to pressure inside the ear drum so treating with pain killers like paracetamol +/- ibuprofen is the main treatment.

If fevers and pain are ongoing for more than 3 days, then we sometimes advise antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is ear pain dangerous?

Is ear pain dangerous?

That depends: Ear pain should be evaluated. An ear infection can lead to meningitis, hearing loss, chronic ear drum perforation and other problems. Some ear infections might be treated without an antibiotic, but that's a decision you should make with your doctor. Tumors of the throat and tonsil can also cause ear pain, as can sinus infection. Ifear pain is unexplained and persistant, see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause ear pain?

What could cause ear pain?

Ear pain: Many things like trauma, infection, tumor etc. If you have ear pain please see your doctor so he can check you. ...Read more

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What causes sharp ear pain?

What causes sharp ear pain?

See below: The cause may be an inner ear infection, an infection of the ear canal, etc. ...Read more

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What could fix my chronic ear pain?

What could fix my chronic ear pain?

Otalgia: See an ENT. We don't know why your ears hurt. No treatment can be recommended without a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What could fix my chronic ear pain?

What could fix my chronic ear pain?

Cause: It is important to know the cause before treating. Discuss this with your doctor and get help understanding the problem. All the best. ...Read more

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What are causes for chronic ear pain?

Otalgia: Otalgia is a term we use for an ear ache. If your hearing is within normal limits for your age, the most common cause of ear pain is referred from the dental apparatus. Conditions associated with chronic ear pain (assuming the ears are normal) are dental diseases, muscle spasm of the jaw muscles, rarely arthritis of the jaw joint, neck disease, throat disease, and laryngeal disease. ...Read more

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Why is my ear pain not going away?

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Why is my ear pain not going away?

Otalgia: Persistant ear pain could be from ear canal or middle ear infection, headaches, referred pain from TMJ disorder, neck muscle or spine problems, dental or throat infections. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What causes ear pain from sleeping on ear?

What causes ear pain from sleeping on ear?

Ear pain: When you sleep on your ear through the night, you can end up reducing the blood supply and disrupting the sensory nerves, leading to pain or soreness. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for ear pain?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for ear pain?

See a physician: Initial visit would probably be to your primary care provider. If cause of pain is undetermined or does not resolve they may recommend evaluation by ear nose and throat doctore. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen for ear pain?

Ibuprofen for ear pain?

Depends on cause: Hard to know what is cause of ear pain. Treatment would vary based on diagnosis. See your previous question on this for further information. ...Read more

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Random sharp ear pain?

Neuritic pain: Sharp stabbing pain in the ear is rarely the result of ear infection which is persistent pain associated with hearing loss. Two possible reasons could be firing off of nerves that innervate the region of the ear (trigeminal neuralgia) or the pain may be arising from structures around the ear as the jaw joint or the muscles of mastication. ...Read more

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What can cause ear pain?

What can cause ear pain?

Ear vs TMJ: Most common cause of ear pain is infection. Can be other ear problems. Most common cause of ear pain not due to ear is jaw joint (TMJ) problem. See ENT doc. If negative for ear pain, have oral surgeon examine jaw joint. If positive, see TMJ expert. Get referral from oral surgeon ...Read more

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Ear pain when I bend over?

Ear pain when I bend over?

Ear pain bending: If you are congested - you may have fluid build up in your middle ear. If you press or wiggle your ear with your finger and is painful you likely have a a ear canal infection - common during this time of year after days of swimming. If you can take a decongestant (not pregnant) & get good relief it is likely fluid build up. Either type of pain persists get it checked by a medical professional ...Read more

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How can I address ear pain?

First find out cause: "ear pain" is a tricky problem as more often than not it is not from the ear. The most common cause of "ear pain" is from the jaw joint. If you have no hearing loss and no ear fullness chances are it is your jaw and jaw precautions can help. An ENT doctor can look in your ear and tell whether the ear is or is not the problem. Beware doctors treating an ear they say that "looks a little red". ...Read more

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What can I do I have ear pain?

Exam: You could take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen and use a warm compress along your jaw. See you doctor for an exam and further treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ear pain?

Can you tell me about ear pain?

Very broad question!: If you google ear pain and mayo clinic - you will see a large number of articles about various types of ear pain (i.e., middle ear infection, outer ear infection, airplane pain etc). ...Read more

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How can I ease ear pain at night?

How can I ease ear pain at night?

Etiology: Ear pain or otalgia is not necessarily the result of ear disease. If your hearing is essentially normal, the most common cause of otalgia is disease of the dental structures, jaw muscle spasm, dental infection, arthritis of the jaw joint. Other causes of referred pain can reflect diseases of the neck (cervical arthritis) or diseases of the throat or even larynx. Easing pain requires a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic ear pain?

What could cause chronic ear pain?

Tough problem: Chronic ear pain tends to be a frustrating problem as it is difficult to diagnose and management strategies do involve trial and error method at times. Temporomandibular disorders often cause chronic ear pain. Other causes include inflammation of the jaw joint/s, headache disorders, salivary gland disease, and ear infections. Some medical illnesses can also exhibit ear pain. ...Read more

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Why do I have ear pain when I fly?

Why do I have ear pain when I fly?

Poor Eustachian tube: The ability to equalize pressure on descent in an airplane requires a normal functioning eustachian tube. This is the passageway between the back of the nose and the middle ear space. Either a genetic narrowing of this tube or the scarring of the tube following ear infection in childhood are the two major reasons for your problem. If you fly often, ventilation tubes will be the answer. ...Read more

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Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Ear Pain: Infections (internal and external), ear wax, throat infections, vascular issues, TMJ problems, dental infections, salivary gland problems and numerous other diagnoses can be involved. See your doctor who may refer you to an ENT specialist in some cases. ...Read more