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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
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Ear Ache (Definition)

Pain felt in ear can be result of conditions that affect the ear directly such as ear infections, traumatic injury to ear, impacted ear wax, as well as benign or malignant growths of ear. Pain in ear can be referred from conditions that affect the throat, teeth, or jaw including tonsil/throat infections, dental infections, jaw joint inflammation, benign ...Read more


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Have had chronic earache for 3 days and ear drops not working. The pain is unbearable and I have been taking painkillers every 2 hours to help ease it?

Have had chronic earache for 3 days and ear drops not working. The pain is unbearable and I have been taking painkillers every 2 hours to help ease it?

Ear infection: If you have not been using qtips in your ear for wax removal it is a middle ear infection with pressure building up. You need to see pcp as an emergency visit now. If you have been cleaning , you may have caused an infection in canal and may have left part of the qtip in your canal and started a severe infection which now involves drum and middle ear like i saw about 6 wks ago! get to pcp now! ...Read more

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Went to doctor for a earache gave me ear drops but nothing for the pain what can I take?

Went to doctor for a earache gave me ear drops but nothing for the pain what can I take?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): For my patients I have them take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). That takes the swelling down it is the swelling that makes the pain ...Read more

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Do I have a perforated ear drum? I have had chronic earaches since i was a kid. Lately I have noticed that i cannot hear well out of my left ear, and I do hear the ocean sound. I put some ear drops in ( left over from my last doctor visit), but it hasn't

Do I have a perforated ear drum? I have had chronic earaches since i was a kid. Lately I have noticed that i cannot hear well out of my left ear, and I do hear the ocean sound. I put some ear drops in ( left over from my last doctor visit), but it hasn't

High : High pressures generated from a valsalva maneuver that you performed could generate the type of sound that you described if you had a perforation. Also, if you tasted your eardrops that could be an indirect sign of perforation as a pathway from your ear canal, through a perforation, down the eustacian tube, and into the back of your throat. If you haven't seen an ent, it may be wise to have this checked, get a hearing test, and discuss options for possible corrective surgery if you have a perforation, or other appropriate tympanomastoid surgery depending on the severity of the problem. ...Read more

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Ear ache, not able to lay on ear surrounding area is extremely sore. Ear drops will not drain.?

Ear ache, not able to lay on ear surrounding area is extremely sore. Ear drops will not drain.?

Severe ear infection: This could be a simple outer ear infection (otitis externa) with extension to the auricle, or an acute mastoiditis (severe middle ear infection with spread to the surrounding mastoid bone) which usually causes severe tenderness behind the ear and inside the ear. Whichever the diagnosis, the symptoms you described sound worrisome and really require an immediate intervention. ...Read more

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My 37 year old is screaming with ear ache has been to two doctors today. Only gave her ear drops. What shall i do?

My 37 year old is screaming with ear ache has been to two doctors today. Only gave her ear drops. What shall i do?

Different/more meds.: I am not sure why he is having so much pain--inner ear infection usually not intensely painful. Swimmer's ear can be quite painful. I am not sure what drops he got, but must find out what is causing his his pain. There is "novacaine drops" which can help with pain fast. Tmj can also cause pain, so is shingle. Add motrin/tylenol which may help, and re-consult doc as soon as you need to. Good luck. ...Read more

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My child had ear wax. I tried to remove but it went in further. she has now has a fever and ear ache! I'm now using ear drops! Is it a infection?

 My child had  ear wax. I tried to remove but it went in further. she has now has a fever and ear ache! I'm now using ear drops! Is it a infection?

Ear infection: Ear pain combined with fever is suggestive of an ear infection. Impacted ear wax can be safely removed in a doctors office with with a special spoon (curette) or by flushing with solution. Using Qtips in children often worsens impaction because of their small ear canals. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ear ache for 5 days stabbing pain, ear drops hurts it more also throat pain hurts when swallowing, white spot on tonsils. What can?

I am experiencing  ear ache for 5 days stabbing pain, ear drops hurts it more also throat pain hurts when swallowing, white spot on tonsils. What can?

See a doctor: You have tonsillitis. From your description your swollen tonsils are intermittently blocking your Eustachian tube, giving you ear pain. Please see a your doctor for treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Increased ear pain using benzocaine ear drops?

Increased ear pain using benzocaine ear drops?

See a doctor: If you are experiencing increased pain with "numbing drops" the ear needs examination. ...Read more

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I have increased ear pain after using benzocaine ear drops? What to do?

I have increased ear pain after using benzocaine ear drops? What to do?

Stop the drops: Some people can develop an allergic reaction to these ear drops and if not you risk covering up the real cause of your ear problem.Have a primary care provider examine your ear, preferably drop free for at least a day. ...Read more

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I noticed increased ear pain after using benzocaine ear drops. Why would that be?

I noticed increased ear pain after using benzocaine ear drops. Why would that be?

Otalgia: Many patients that complain of ear pain actually has headache, TMJ pain, toothache or cervical arthritis as the actual cause of pain. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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My 3 years child is suffering from ear pain. He is complaining pain in left ear after every 3 to 4 hours. Kindly suggests ear drops?

My 3 years child is suffering from ear pain.  He is complaining pain in left ear after every 3 to 4 hours.  Kindly suggests ear drops?

Look in the ear first: You can buy a cheap otoscope at the pharmacy and looked directly in the ear at the eardrum. For a three-year-old I would wonder first of all do they have an infection. Then I would have a question of a foreign body. So I suggest you don't put anything in his ear until you know what the air looks like. ...Read more

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I've got an ear pain which has the symptoms of swimmers' ear, but the swimmers' ear drops have made it worse. What should I do?

I've got an ear pain which has the symptoms of swimmers' ear, but the swimmers' ear drops have made it worse. What should I do?

OTC?: If you used the OTC drops that is why it didn't work. Those drops only PREVENT swimmers ear. Once you have the infection you need antibiotic ear drops and sometimes an oral antibiotic as well. ...Read more

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My 4 years son has an ear pain for more than 3 hours, he also has cold and cough... Could you please advise if we can take amoxicillin ear drops?

My 4 years son has an ear pain for more than 3 hours, he also has cold and cough... Could you please advise if we can take amoxicillin ear drops?

No: There is no such thing as Amoxicillin ear drops. Amoxicillin is an oral antibiotic. It is not unusual to get ear pain with an upper respiratory infection. Check for fever. Generally ear pain will resolve within 24 hours. Give him a pain reliever. If he starts running high fevers or pain does not resolve, than call his doctor to be seen. ...Read more

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I am having ear pain in both ears for a few weeks now.I'm using ear drops. The pain goes away for a little while but comes back again.Whats up with me?

I am having ear pain in both ears for a few weeks now.I'm using ear drops. The pain goes away for a little while but comes back again.Whats up with me?

Ear Pains - Weeks: Ear pains for weeks? Time to get your ears examined. Many causes: ear infections, plugged eustachian tubes, tooth grinding, arthritis in the temporamandibular joints, referred pain from throat sources -- all possibilities. Go see your doctor to see which one. ...Read more

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Awful ear pain, full of fluid, feels so full and swollen behind my ear. Can I still continue taking soldrin otico ear drops or should I stop now?

See ear specialist: You did not mention how your ear started to hurt. Do you have swimmer's ear, or cold symptoms and ear pain from the inside? Soldering optic is to relieve pain and inflammation by contact. It sounds like it has not been helpful. With swelling behind the ears, and your pain when you open your mouth, the inflammation sounds severe. You need to see your doctor or an Ear. Nose. Throat specialist! ...Read more

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Ear pain/pressure/dizzy x 5weeks. Ent gave ear drops (eardrums slight inflamed)/abx. No relief. Suggestions?Thanks

Ear pain/pressure/dizzy x 5weeks. Ent gave ear drops (eardrums slight inflamed)/abx. No relief. Suggestions?Thanks

Try decongestant: Your symptoms may be due to eustachian tube dysfunction, where the tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat are blocked so pressure builds up in the middle ear. Decongestants like sudafed can help relieve the symptoms (as long as there is no reason you can't take decongestants such as uncontrolled high blood pressure). ...Read more

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Amoxicillin/augmentin & ear drops have not relieved my month long ear pain. I'm seeing my ENT on Thurs, & am wondering what the next steps might be.

Ent: the next is whether or not you are infected or the pain is refered. also you may have a resistant infection and wil need tubes ...Read more

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Does putting drops of rubbing alcohol in ear for earache help?

Does putting drops of rubbing alcohol in ear for earache help?

Not a good idea!: Will not help a mid ear infection-need an oral antibiotic. May cause significant burning in an ear canal (outer ear) infection. Severe burning if you have hole in eardrum with infection. Only ok, mixed with white vinegar, for ear canal drying/cleaning, if no canal inflammation & no eardrum perforation. See an otology/ent md for treatment. ...Read more