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Ear Hurts Also Have A Cold
An ear ache: Can be a symptom of an ear infection. If you have a head cold, fluid from your sinuses can travel up the Eustachian tube into your middle ear. This can cause pressure, pain, decreased hearing, and dizziness. Most ear infections are caused by viruses, but a visit with a physician can determine the diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Bruxism?: When people grind their teeth while sleeping, they complain of ear pain in the morning as the insertion point of their jaw to their skull base is near the ear producing an overuse type of soreness. ...Read more
When cold wind blows over my left ear, my ear hurts, sometimes for up to two weeks. Only happens with left ear. Possible causes?
Maybe infection: There may be fluid and an infection. This is something your physician can evaluate ...Read more
I have a head cold and my ear hurts. Can I use hydrogenperoxide in it? If so how do I use it without hurting my eardrum? Other home remedies to try?
Wait a moment..: Before you go putting peroxide in that ear you should make sure that you don't have an ear infection or worst yet a rupture of your ear drum; have your health care provider check out that ear first and discuss the hydrogen peroxide cleaning at the visit; you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide when you aren't sick by dampening a cotton ball and squeezing it into the ear. ...Read more
I am almost recovered from a cold and my right ear is blocked but my left ear is open. Whenever I move my head my left ear hurts with a sharp pain?
Take some decongestants like Sudafed: The opening of the eustachian tube is high up in the back of the throat at the level of the back of the nose. If you have a cold or a bad allergy eustachian tube can be somewhat sluggish and opening. It can vary from side to side because we are not actually symmetric. Usually the eustachian tube dysfunction does not resolve quickly ...Read more
I started feeling sore, then headace and ear hurts : (i keep sneezingis this a flu or a cold, what to do?
Cold vs Flu: According to mayo clinic flu sxs may include “fever over 100f (38c), aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, chills ; sweats, headache, dry cough, fatigue and weakness, nasal congestion.”common cold symptoms include: cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever ; mild body aches. Generally you will feel much worse w a flu than a cold. I. ...Read more
I started out feeling sore, then headace and ear hurts, now I keep sneezingis, do I have a flu or a cold?
Flu vs cold:
Flu symptoms can include fever, chills, sore throat, cough, headaches, nasal congestion marked aching of muscles and joints & significant fatigue. When present, nausea, vomiting and loose stools are more often seen in children.
Cold sx may include: cough, congestion, sneezing, mild fever (or no fever), sore throat, runny nose, minor headaches or bodily aches & slight fatigue. ...Read more
I am 22 y in age and suffering from chronic cold. My ear hurts when I burp or drink. I feel like ear is pushing out because of pressure inside. .
Eustachian: Tube dysfunction to balance pressure on ear drum. See your doctor. ...Read more
Left ear pressure, and my face a bit anterior of the ear hurts when I bend over, more pain the further I bend down. Just got over cold/fever. Cause?
Pressure in the ear: Is associated with problem in the eustachian tube...the opening from the back of the throat to the middle ear. Its function is to equalize pressure in the middle ear. Altitutde changes, infections, allergies, accumulation of ear wax are all causes of dysfunction of the eustachian tube. Your recent URI likely is a factor. Apply hot compress over the ear, take OTC decongestant. See doc if persists. ...Read more
What can I do to stop my ear pain when I blow my nose. I have a bad cold and cannot blow my nose as my right ear hurts a lot?
If you open your mouth slightly when you blow your nose, you will not get the pressure on the eustachian tube and thus no pain.
Try it. ...Read more
Daughter is 7. Has ear pain tonight. No fever. No cold. Nothing else hurts, she feels otherwise perfect. She has allergies, could it cause ear pain?
Ear pain common: Normal sx of seasonal allergies include runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. Allergies and ear pain are not uncommon as some may also develop painful ear complications. Your ears can be just as strongly affected by an allergic reaction as any other cranial nerve response that may occur to the eyes, nose, or throat. In most cases the complications will resolve with decline in allergens.. ...Read more
My Right ear hurts when the weather is cold. I had otitis when I was a kid. The left ear doesn't hurt. My right ear was bleeding a bit a few days ago.
Ear Inflammation: You should not have bleeding from your ear. Itching can represent infection or an allergic skin reaction in the ear canal. The bleeding is likely from the ear canal but could be from the membrane. With ear pain you could have an infectious otitis media. You should see your physician as soon as possible and have your ear examined and treated as necessary. ...Read more
I'm constantly having to pop my ears even though there is no major elevation changes & my left ear hurts when I swallow, no cold symptoms?
Eustachian tube: There is a tube that helps keep air in your middle ear that also acts to drain any stray middle ear fluid. This Eustachian tube can become narrow with allergies /irritants/infection and your normal jaw movements can open and close it periodically. The popping is a simple reflection of air movement into the middle ear. ...Read more
When I speak/yawn my right ear hurts a bit, hearing is kinda not full also I had cold for 5-8 days. It kinda started after shower, qtip shows no wax?
Eustachian tube issu: Yawning straightens out the canal between your middle ear & back of the throat. This often allows air movement back/forth. You likely have some transient swelling in that tube that prevents it from remaining open at rest. It normally allows moisture from your middle ear to drain into your throat & air to enter the space. If blocked, moisture can build and vacuum may pull in the drum. It will pass. ...Read more
My 4 year old has cold & lymph nodes swollen. In the past 4 days he said twice that while blowing his ear hurts and few seconds later no pain, no fever?
Clearing eustachian: Your son is likely having some congestion of his eustachian tube- tube that connects middle ear to throat. As he blows his nose he clears his eustachian tube. If ear pain persists he should be checked by his physician. ...Read more
I've had a cold for a week, its getting better but now my ear hurts? Can't take decongestant due to heart issues. What to do?
What do you suggest if my ear hurts when I burp or yawn but I recently had a cold. Any treatment instead of going to the doctors?
See a doctor: Need to see a doctor to assist with diagnosis and select appropriate treatment. ...Read more
My left ear hurts right before I go to bed. It's a throbbing pain and it makes it hard to sleep. I have a cold at the moment, if that's it.
Possible infection: If the pain is recent then it is probably infection of the ear canal or otitis media.If it is tender when you touch the ear canal opening then it probably is canal treated with antibiotic drops. Suggest waiting a couple days taking advil and/or tylenol (acetaminophen) as most acute otitis resolve with antibiotics. But if pain> 2 days, fever, hearing loss, or drainage then may need antibiotics. ...Read more
My 3 yr old daughter has had a cold for about a week, and now she's saying her right ear hurts. Does she need medication for this? She has no fever
For ear pain in a toddler, you should have a pedi MD
check the ears to see if a bacterial ear infection exists.
If so, medication will be prescribed. If not, you can continue with cold care: ie tylenol q 3-4 hrs.
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I have a cold, my left ear hurts so does the left side of my throat I can barely hear on my left what could this be?
URI: Most colds are viral illnesses that run their course in 5-7 days. If symptoms persist or worsen, it becomes more likely a bacterial infection is involved and may need antibiotics. At this point, a trip to the doctor is necessary. ...Read more
Could use your help docs! My ear hurts when I burp or yawn but I recently had a cold. Any treatment instead of going to the hospital?
Eustachian tube: The tube that drains mucous from your middle ear is likely swollen due to the cold. It can open and close when you chew or "pop" your ear and such maneuvers allow the air in and the pressure change can be uncomfortable. This will usually resolve over time as the swelling goes down.Ibuprofen should help for the pain. If it in not improving gradually, have it checked. ...Read more
Throat hurts on one side when I swallow. Also when I swallow the ear hurts on that side. Is this a cold?
Ear pain: Most likely referred pain. If persists, see ENT ...Read more
My 3 year old daughter woke up complaining, her ear hurts. I looked at it and the top of her lobe is reddened and she has an hard bump behind her ear. There is no fever present, or any signs of a cold, and no swelling of the ear. I want to wait to take he
I have a really bad cold maybe a flu I'm a diabetic and I have high blood pressure when I burp my left ear hurts a little should I be alarmed
No: Left ear hurting probably because of the cold. ...Read more
I have developed red spots on my gum near my extractions and is irritated also my throat and ear hurts I feel like I have a cold what can I do?
Call Dentist: While you might be right and catching cold, proximity to dental extraction sites and timing suggests may have post-extraction infection issue which should be checked by your dentist. If he/she clears you, then maybe see your primary about your cold. ...Read more
I have a mild sore throat that hurts only when I swallow. It also affects my ear. But both the sore throat and the ear pain are only on one side. I had a cold a couple of weeks ago and I still have a cough from that. What could this be?
Sinus infection?: Cold symptoms for more than about 10-14 days may indicate a sinus infection or ear infection. The pain on one side could also be from an infected lymph node or tonsillar infection. If you have fever, see a doctor today. Otherwise call your doc and have them check you out. ...Read more
It hurts to swallow throat is dry and have symptoms of sinus infection, cold ear pain, headaches, and pressure of sinuses please help me thank you?
Interesting question: Your question mentions several issues which would likely need prescription medication. You get that from your local doc, not an information site. Hydrate, rest and take some OTC pain relievers for now, but arrange to be seen by your doc or at an urgent care center. ...Read more
See doc: I would advise you go to your doctor and have him/her look at your ears with an otoscope. Almost every single doctor has this in their clinic. With a good history and physical and this instrument. Most physicians will be able to help you. ...Read more
Severe pain near ear: For pain this severe, perhaps you should seek out another doctors opinion and diagnosis to help you. There must be a reason for the pain. It may not be related to your ear. ...Read more
Ear pain.: This would generally be a muscular issue. There’s the sternomastoid muscle that attaches just behind the ear and then at the base of the neck in the front. Inflammation of that muscle can result in pain that’s felt in the ear. But if you’re having trouble with your hearing, or a ringing in your ear, or dizziness, then it may in fact be ear-related. ...Read more
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