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Can Ear Infection Cause Neck Pain
Dr diagnosed me with strep throat. I also have ear and right neck pain. Can an ear infection cause neck pain? Ibuprofen helps. Takings meds 4 days.
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
Can a sinus infection or an ear infection cause neck pain, more specifically, the lymph nodes? Is this a normal occurrence?
Yes: Infections in the head, including ear infections, sinus infections, and tooth infections, can lead to swelling of the lymph nodes and pain from the inflammation. They usually take a few days to a few weeks to fully resolve. Please see your doctor if they are especially large and painful - or if your neck hurts when you bend it toward your chest. ...Read more
My right tragus and ear has been hurting for about a week. Muffled hearing and neck pain on right side. What is wrong? Ear infection?
Yes, probably: I'm impressed you know the term tragus. Good for you! Please see your family physician for an exam and antibiotics if necessary, or even an ENT consult if needed. Are you going into the medical field? It is rewarding, although a lot of work. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection over two months ago, I experince dizziness daily and now neck pain and headaches what can I do?
I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?
If your immune system is working well, your lymph nodes will often get enlarged and can be painful as it filters out the badness.
You did not state if they determined what specific infection it was (if they determined the cause) and if you are on antibiotics.
There is a chance the infection can get walled off somewhere near the tonsils and you get an abcess. Meds will help, but ENT may be needed. ...Read more
Neck X-ray normal. Neck pain that hurts my head and in my ears. No ear infection. What could be issue?
Probably jaw joint: It sounds as if your jaw joint is having some problems. Do you clench or grind your teeth? Do you like chewy and crunchy foods? Do you chew gum? If so, you need to go on a soft diet, take anti-inflammatories as needed and use ice on the areas that bothers you 3 to 4 times a day for 20 minutes at a time. You should also discuss this with your dentist. ...Read more
Been having neck pain a few inches below my ear. Doctor checked it out and said its an ear infection. No pain in the ear though. Can this be true?
Right side only: tonsil very swollen, burns, neck pain, ear pain w/ ringing. Dr said it's not ear infection or strep (quick culture). Tonsillitis?
Maybe: Naming the infection gets a little fuzzy (tonsilitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis). Most are viral infections that have typical 7-10 day span. Important to rule out strep (moreso for children) because it is treatable and may have serious effects if not treated. Any inflammation in this tight area can cause lymphoid/tonsil swelling, ear discomfort, soreness. Worst case may be abscess under the tissue ...Read more
Ear infections: People generally refer to middle ear infections as "ear infections." outer ear infections are also fairly common. When an infection is present infected fluids travel by lymph vessels until they get to lymph nodes in the neck. These lymph nodes can become tender/sore causing neck soreness. Most of the time neck soreness is not present with ear infections. ...Read more
Could walking in cold air cause an ear infection? I have pain in the r ear & going into neck. Last dr visit she said I had fluid in r ear a week ago.
No: Middle ear infections are caused by germs that enter through the drainage tube connecting that space to the throat. Not cold air. If there is already some fluid, it could become infected in a few hours or never. ...Read more
I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?
Not directly: The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more
If impacted wax from ear plugs is unlikely to cause cause an ear infection and, thus, pain in my jawline and neck - then should I be worried about something more serious? I have a doctors apt Monday
Get checked: See your clinician who can help sort out the significance of the impacted earwax and the source for pain in your jawline and neck. ...Read more
Could this be menegitis? I was diagnosed with an ear infection and an upper respiratory infection yesterday at the emergency room. Now my neck is feeling stiff, what could be the cause of this?
Yes: Severe infection may have such an extensive referred pain. ...Read more
May occur together: Infection in the soft tissues of the throat & upper airway can lead to an ear infection by causing inflammatory swelling. Swelling of the eustachian tube blocks it & mucous backs up that can become infected by random throat germs. If anything the throat thing leads to the ear infection, not the other war around. ...Read more
My friend clothes stinks like dog pee and I don't think it's washed for a weeks. Can been around her caused my throat and ear infection?
Personal contact: Viral infections are spread by small droplets in the air from sneezing or cough. Some bacteria and viruses can be found on surfaces then when touched and transferred to the nose or mouth lead to infection urine is sterile (even dog urine I think), but exposure to a sick close contact increases risk of infection. Dog infections aren't passed to humans except fleas and dog bites. ...Read more
No: The ear infection is in a separate compartment and does not trigger such added problems. However, ear infections seldom occur alone. They are often a secondary event triggered when an upper respiratory infection causes the type of problems you list. The URI is the starting point, although the timing can be confusing. ...Read more
I know streptococcus bacteria cause strep throat - can they also cause ear infections? Is there a vaccine available for these bacteria?
Yes and no: Yes it can cause ear infections and no there is no current vaccine for prevention. ...Read more
Can an ear infection cause mild pain in your throat on the same side as the infected ear when you swollow?
Hi can a ear infection cause strep throat because My throat is hurting it started hurting today. So could ear infection turn into strep throat.?
An ear infection is always secondary to an infection, viral or bacterial in the back of the nose. Never the other way around. That is, an ear infection does not lead to a throat infection.
It is most likely that a throat/nose infection, usually viral leads to an ear infection. Incidentally, Streptococcus is not a common bacterial cause of otitis media. ...Read more
Can ringing in your ear or middle ear infection cause your throat and jaw line to hurt without having any painor discomfort in your ears?
Sometimes: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can be one of many symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. Other symptoms can include jaw pain, jaw joint popping when opening, headaches in the temple or back of the neck area, tenderness around the TMJ and ear area. A highly trained dentist in this area can help determine if all are related. If not, a ENT physician would be the one to see. ...Read more
Many illnesses can: Whenever you are sick, your body mounts a response to fight off that infection. Some of the chemicals released by your own body and those released by bacteria under attack can cause muscle aches and pains. If you think you may have strep throat, pleas see your doctor as it can cause complications if left untreated. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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