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Doctor insights on: Chronic Ear Pain In Adults

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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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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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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

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What are causes for chronic ear pain?

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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Chronic ear pain. Where can I get some help?

Chronic ear pain. Where can I get some help?

Ear pain doctors: You can see your primary doctor or an ENT (otolaryngology) doctor. Ear pain can come from the ears or from other structures of the neck, jaw, mouth, or throat, so if it's bad or not improving you really should get it checked out. ...Read more

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What causes chronic ear pain and migraines together?

What causes chronic ear pain and migraines together?

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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What can cause chronic sudden sharp ear pain with no infection?

Ear pain: Recurrent fluid in the ears can cause it. However, since this is a chronic problem, he should be seen by a specialist- ENT doctor to evaluate for other problems. ...Read more

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I had grommets inserted when I was 5 three times and now as a adult I get sharp inner ear pain that usually last to a minute. Is this normal?

Not from the tubes: Very unlikely the ear pain you are getting has anything to do with the tubes you had as a child. Most like cause is strain of the tempromandibulr joint (tmj). Try motrin, soft diet for a week and don't chew gum, ice, etc. Try to chew opposite the side that hurts. If this doesn't work, see your physician. ...Read more

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I've been taking claritin (loratadine) daily to control allergies that cause chronic sinus and ear pain. It worked well for 6 months, but the pain is back. Is ther?

I've been taking claritin (loratadine) daily to control allergies that cause chronic sinus and ear pain. It worked well for 6 months, but the pain is back. Is ther?

Medical evaluation: By an allergist/ ENT is needed, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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I have chronic sinusitis (opacified sinuses). I started sinus rinse but have ear pain, shooting pains in my head, and vertigo after rinse. Continue?

I have chronic sinusitis (opacified sinuses). I started sinus rinse but have ear pain, shooting pains in my head, and vertigo after rinse. Continue?

No: Occasionally sinus rinses will force bacteria or fungus into other areas including the brain. They are not recommended. Gentle saline spray may help or topical steroids. The sinuses can be difficult to treat and sometimes require drainage. Ask for an ENT opinion. ...Read more

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I'm 19, sharp ear pain when swallowing. Switches ears. One day the right one the next the left. I have chronic post nasal drip and allergies. Help plz?

I'm 19, sharp ear pain when swallowing. Switches ears. One day the right one the next the left. I have chronic post nasal drip and allergies. Help plz?

Viral or bacterial: Infection, you need to be evaluated by a doctor, this might be a bacterial infection in your middle ear, a doctor will prescribe some antibiotics. ...Read more

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Mastoidectomy (sp)in06.Relief to years of painful/chronic ear pain, multiple surgeries, adenoids, tonsils etc. Puss behind eardrum now. Could need surgery?

Mastoidectomy (sp)in06.Relief to years of painful/chronic ear pain, multiple surgeries, adenoids, tonsils etc. Puss behind eardrum now. Could need surgery?

ENT/workup: The infected material can be drained and a tube placed by your ENT surgeon. Since you have had so many ear and sinus infections, an evaluation for ciliary (small hairs that help prevent infection by removing debris) defects can be performed by the ENT surgeon. In addition, if you have had recurrent pneumonias, a CF sweat test can be performed to rule out CF. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic ear pain? My 15 year old daughter has tubes in her ears, but still experiences chronic pain, there is no infection.

What can cause chronic ear pain? My 15 year old daughter has tubes in her ears, but still experiences chronic pain, there is no infection.

Maybe not ears: Let's assume she has had a doctor look in her ears and verify the tubes are in place and there is no pressure problem behind the eardrum.
Pain that seems like it comes from the ears can actually be caused by a problem in the throat, jaw joint, or a tooth. Next stop might be the dentist. ...Read more

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Chronic ear pain includes drainage 4 3 mo. Just had right tonsil removed so I know pain can b referred. Ear/throat connections? Cause of ear fluid?

Chronic ear pain includes drainage 4 3 mo. Just had right tonsil removed so I know pain can b referred. Ear/throat connections? Cause of ear fluid?

Chronic ear infectio: If there is drainage there is probably a perforation of the ear drum due to a chronic ear infection.The ent surgeon who did the tonsillectomy should check the ear. Pain can be referred but drainage is not normal. ...Read more

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Have chronic ear infections & m%e9ni%e8re's. Since sun have ear pain and numb in face on side where ear hurts. Are antibiotic drops from pcp sufficie?

Ear Ache: Maybe and maybe not. How long has your ear been hurting? Do you have a fever or chills? Any other associated symptoms besides simply ear pain and numbness? It sounds like you might need to see another md since it is almost a week to ensure that the ear drum is not tense and bulging......Possibly close to rupture. Better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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36 yo female with right ear pain for 2 days (no fever, drainage or other symptoms). History of ear infections as adult and child. I take azathioprine for crohn's. Should I go to doctor or wait?

Any hearing loss: The first question I ask a patient with ear ache (otalgia) is if there is any hearing loss associated with pain. If there is no hearing loss and particularly if the pain is in front of the ear, I would be thinking tmd. This could be joint disease, muscle spasm or referred pain to the side of the face (ear) from dental disease as the other reviewer suggested. ...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