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Ear Pain Cold Weather
When I exercise heavily and with cool weather I have severe ear pain, 15 minutes after I stop exercising the pain stops. What is the cause and cure?
Eustachian tube: The ear/nose/thorat area is interconnected. The eustachian tube connects the ear canal to the rest ; sensitive to changes of pressure. When you are taking a shower, turbulence happens to air with the steam rising, the shower curtain draws in. The eustachian tube experiences something similar in your case when you run. Perhaps the shape in your body is narrower, perhaps, you have sinusitis etc. ...Read more
If TMJ is cause of major ear pain (worse when weather changes), ENT says ear is normal, what is course of action? Custom mouth guard? Massage therapy?
See your dentist: Have your dentist evaluate or refer you to an oral surgeon that can better assess the area and come up with a treatment modality that just does not mask the symptoms. Once the proper diagnosis is attained, a nightguard may be the correct therapy, a series of visits with an physical therapist, or other treatments may be indicated based upon clinical and radiographic interpretation. ...Read more
Crusty skin just on left ear crease. It started a few days ago. If scraped off it comes right back within hours. What is it? (cold weather a factor?)
Seborrheic dermatiti: Try otc cortisone cream 2 x a day. If no response see a dermatologist, chipmunk. ...Read more
I will get a pain going down the back side of my head (behind the ears) when I smile alot or when I've been out in cold weather. Mostly on the right?
After I run or excercise outside (usually in cold weather) I get a sharp pain in my inner ear. Is this common and can I stop it?
Vasodilation: This is a very interesting question. I'm not sure I have a complete answer. When your skin gets cold, initially it will increase the blood flow to that area. Example, red cheeks. With the tissue being stretched out, the increased blood flow the tissue will appear more swollen than a regular ear. Again, I'm not sure if this is completely accurate but it makes the most physiological sense. ...Read more
Constant noise in my left ear, MRI clear? Worse in cold weather and wind but constant sooshing sound
Tinnitus: You have tinnitus, and there are many reasons for it including some we don't know. It can occur due to noise exposure, so lower that. Certain drugs like Aspirin may cause it, and it can be part of the aura of migraine. It is not dangerous and it is quite common. You can try using a white noise machine when you sleep and find and audiologist that can perform tinnitus retraining therapy. ...Read more
6yr old son gets hot swollen hands, fingers, ears, lips in cold weather or extremely cold food, depending on exposure. What causes "hot swollen skin"?
See below: Increased blood flow to theses "extremity areas" is likely the cause. As long as there is no pain, this is natural (to an extent) so to keep these areas from loosing blood flow (cold can do this) and thus decreasing oxygen to the tissues, where, if without, tissues metabolism slows and if it stops, tissues can die. His response may be slightly exaggerated but, without pain, I would not worry. ...Read more
Will continuous exposure to cold weather to the head region cause pituitary gland malfunction after some years?
Doubt it: Hi. No, continuous exposure to cold has never been reported to damage the pituitary. Unlike the body surface, the pituitary is at core body temperature, so even in chilly Canada, your pituiarty's staying nice and cozy at core body temperature. ...Read more
Foreskine retracts in cold weather and penis head very sensitive feels very tight around penis head?
Phimosis: Foreskin should always be lose and retract easily. See a urologist if this is not the case. Thight foreskin is phimosis and needs treatment either with prescription strength steroid cream, circumcision or prepucioplasty. Latter is performed by surgeon making a vertical incision thru tight are of foreskin and suturing it transversely. This loosens up foreskin and makes it easy to retract. ...Read more
Here are some. ..: No one should dispute with what you feel as described. How can your symptoms be validated? To do so, please collect and bring the detailed info on the onset, degree, duration, evolution, progress, and resolution of all symptoms over time to Dr. For review, analysis, examination, and test as needed so to define possible diagnosis for reasonable treatment. ...Read more
Can nerve damage affect the whole body, I have a weird (tightening sensation) that affects my head, mostly aggravated in cold weather.?
Cold sensitivity: On the first question yes - nerves can effect the whole body, but your descripation does not seem to fill that bill. Tightening around the head with cold weather makes me think of muscle contractions. Try a muscle relaxant per your M.D. See if it clears. I like Fioracet for muscle contraction hadaches. If it doesn't clear see a neurologist? Not enough info here for a more specific diagnosis... ...Read more
I have lots of scarves in my head and in cold weather it's getting much more. My face and my chest are also itching. Please give me an advice. Thanks?
Scabs?: If you have multiple non gleaming lesions with rash and or itching seek treatment. Over the counter products will not be strong enough and a proper diagnosis is necessary. ...Read more
Can kidney disease or low cortisol levels cause excessive sweating of the face & scalp/head? It happens even in cold weather. Any ideas? Thanks
Yes: In some associated way yes you can get these symptoms from low cortisol and kidney dysfunction. ...Read more
Not sure what: I am not familiar with 'tyotocin'. I looked for its active ingredients at several differnet medical web sites and can't find anything on it. Please look on bottle and enter in the active ingredients so I can help you. Best thing for ear pain in a 6 year old is treating the ear infection and then using tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibupofen as needed for pain relief. Chewing gum also often helps relieve pressure/pain. ...Read more
Severe right ear pain which stared today. Have cold since last week. Right side of face is slightly swollen and hearing is compromised on that side.?
May be ear infection. Or TMJ. See MD. You may need antibiotics. IF TMJ, see TMJ expert.
See a TMJ-orofacial pain expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ-oro-facial pain expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation. ...Read more
Cold does it!: Ear pain can occur with cold due to fluid behind the ear drum, it could also be caused by secondary bacterial infection. If the pain is sharp and severe or persistent seek medical care. ...Read more
I have been suffering from extreme ear pain since last night. I suspect that it is due to the cold that I got. I also have tonsillitis. Any help?
2 weeks cold/no voice at all/ear pain/sinus pain/cough all got worse again today. Time to see a dr or just a cold dragged out?
See Doctor: Time to see doctor, Too long for cold. ...Read more
Had ear pain 2 mo. Ago, put alcohol in and got better, but after week had cold with dizziness. 2 mo. Latter only dizziness returned. Why?
Different Structures: Ear pain and changes in hearing are separate anatomically from dizziness and vertigo pain that responds to a little water/alcohol mix suggests the ear canal. A cold and dizziness can affect the middle ear by changing function of the eustacian tube (middle ear) and associated labyrinthitis (vestibular apparatus responsible in part for our balance) which is not part of the hearing mechanism. ...Read more
Have a slight cold. Tonight I held one nostril closed and blew to try and clear other nostril and had immediate ear pain on the clogged side.?
With blowing your nostrils in this manner, the concern is that by doing so, you have opened up the Eustachian tube and added air to the canal which opens up on the inside of your eardrum. This can not only be painful, but could result in bursting of your eardrum.
See a doctor who can evaluate your eardrum. ...Read more
Yes, Congestion can: Prevent one ear from draining w ^pressure. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Sinus rinse: Sinus rinses - like those made by NeilMed are great; decongestants like pseudephedrine however probably are not ideal with a heart condition. ...Read more