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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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Child has earache in both ears after a cold, but is acting fine, no fever how long is it safe to wait and see?

Child has earache in both ears after a cold, but is acting fine, no fever how long is it safe to wait and see?

If there is no fever: And the child is otherwise well, it is safe to wait a few days, unless other symptoms develop or the child has chronic ear infections. The majority of ear infections are caused by viruses and would go away without antibiotic treatment. Of course if the child has an underlying medical problem or is less than 1 year of age, I would not wait and would recommend calling the doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause an earache in both ears, if not infected? Pain behind ear and into neck, in addition to the ear itself.

What could cause an earache in both ears, if not infected? Pain behind ear and into neck, in addition to the ear itself.

Could be many: Things from bilateral otitis media and externa and from upper respiratory tract infections like sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, pharyngitis. See a physician for a good history an d physical. ...Read more

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Earache in both ears, pressure in my face, nose is leaking a lot and imy back and chest hurts a bit when I breathe?

Earache in both ears, pressure in my face, nose is leaking a lot and imy back and chest hurts a bit when I breathe?

Ear infections?: Sounds like you have at least a bad cold, but ear infections can only be determined thru a visit to your doctor or an urgent care center. The chest & back pain are probably also due to the infection, but always a good idea to have chest pain evaluated to play it safe. If you have persistent chest pain even when not breathing or significant trouble breathing, call 911. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache, earaches in both ears, soar throat, jaw pain and sinus pain. What can I do?

I have a severe headache, earaches in both ears, soar throat, jaw pain and sinus pain. What can I do?

See a doctor: Sounds like you have some serious problem please find a qualified doctor who can diagnose and treat your problem. ...Read more

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Sore throat earache in both ears. Coughing. Chest feels tight?

Sore throat earache in both ears. Coughing. Chest feels tight?

You've probably got: A virus. Gargle w/cool salt water for sore throat, lozenges, delsym OTC for cough, advil (ibuprofen) for pain inchest and ears, maybe an inhaler if you are wheezing. If not better 1 week, see your Dr.. ...Read more

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Sore throat, red and it is painful to swallow, also shooting pains down my tongue, moving tongue is painful, earache in both ears. Help?

Sore throat, red and it is painful to swallow, also shooting pains down my tongue, moving tongue is painful, earache in both ears. Help?

Pharyngitis: Sounds like pharyngitis, which can be bacterial but is usually caused by viruses like those that cause the common cold. Since the ears, nose & throat are connected, you can also have an ear infection. Most viruses don't have good treatments Xcpt time (7-14 day). If you were exposed to any known viruses you could get tested but antivirals have to be started in the 1st 2 days to be effective. GL ...Read more

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I have an earache in both ears for about a week now with sore throat and mild cough, chest feels irritated congested. No fever! Is it allergies?

I have an earache in both ears for about a week now with sore throat and mild cough, chest feels irritated congested. No fever! Is it allergies?

Possible: This is allergy season and this may be what you have, but cannot possibly diagnose long-distance. Would you want your can fixed over the telephone? ...Read more

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I've had a headache for 3 days! The pain is all round my head but the worst pain in my forehead! I feel dizzy when I stand up and I have an earache in both ears, a tight chest and extremely sore throat! My headache, throat and chest are the worst though, e

I've had a headache for 3 days! The pain is all round my head but the worst pain in my forehead! I feel dizzy when I stand up and I have an earache in both ears, a tight chest and extremely sore throat! My headache, throat and chest are the worst though, e

Viral syndrome: It sounds like your symptoms are more than you can handle at home. You've tried taking over-the-counter therapies like Paracetamol? You should call your doc since you have dizziness and could be dehydrated. I recommend chicken soup, fluids, and REST until you can be seen. You need something for the chest too-like an inhaler (albuterol). Limit stress and sleep well to avoid these type of infections ...Read more

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I've been told I have otosclerosis and have too have hearing aids as I have 15% hearing loss in both ears I am in constant pain with earache with it?

I've been told I have otosclerosis and have too have hearing aids as I have 15% hearing loss in both ears I am in constant pain with earache with it?

Need specialist eval: Your complaints of pain would not be due to otosclerosis. You need an ear nose and throat specialist evaluation to determine the cause of your pain. It could be inflammation, infection, eustachian tube dysfunction, cholesteotoma or a host of other possible causes. Sorry the centers not more helpful. Best of luck Dr. R ...Read more

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Having earache fever and decreased hearing after a cold. Am I too old for an ear infection? Can both ears be involved or only one?

Having earache fever and decreased hearing after a cold. Am I too old for an ear infection? Can both ears be involved or only one?

Any age possible: Although middle ear infections are more common with infants and toddlers, anyone can have one at any age. One or both sides may be involved. Reduced hearing is more a sign of retained fluid than true infection but occurs in both. ...Read more

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Ear ache sometimes in both ears, teeth sometimes hurt, very sharp jaw pain on right side of mouth mostly happens before bed, get it daily what is it?

Ear ache sometimes in both ears, teeth sometimes hurt, very sharp jaw pain on right side of mouth mostly happens before bed, get it daily what is it?

Pain and dysfunction: If the tmj/tmd issues last for awhile, some symptoms can affect the ear (s) in many ways. You may develop ringing in the ears; earaches, popping-grating-clicking that is heard constantly in the ears; roaring muffled sounds; hearing loss; on and on. It is better to see an ENT first if you have ear symptoms to rule out it being the ears as the source of the problem. ...Read more

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Sore throat to the point where its painful to swallow, ear ache in both ears but mainly the left, a stiff neck and headaches on off Had for 7 days?

Sore throat to the point where its painful to swallow, ear ache in both ears but mainly the left, a stiff neck and headaches on off Had for 7 days?

Sore throat: Your symptoms sound like you are having a more serious throat infection than a virus. The stiff neck could indicate a more serious infection occurring. Please be evaluated by your primary care physician or urgent care/ER as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for jumpy and shaky vision and bad ear pain in both ears?

What is the diagnosis for jumpy and shaky vision and bad ear pain in both ears?

Depends: Your symptoms sound serious (if they are new) and require a medical specialst to examine you for your vision. The ear pain should be examined by any health professional immediately in case of simple infection. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get ear pain and tinnitis when you push hard against the masseter? Can this last for weeks? Can one side cause problems for both ears?

Yes: Pushing the masseter muscle can hurt the ear and also close the canal. It can cause symptoms of TMJ disease, especially if there is any problems in the canal. If the canal is closed you may hear abnormal sounds or sounds that you didn't notice. It is often hard to localize the side these sounds come from. Inner ear problems can cause similar symptoms. See ENT doc. ...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. What's 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. What's 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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Ear pain in both ears but no infection. What could be wrong? PCM doesn't seem to have any answers

Ear pain in both ears but no infection. What could be wrong? PCM doesn't seem to have any answers

Eustachian tube: It could be that you are having Eustachian tube dysfunction. This tube drains fluid from the middle ear and when it is blocked it can cause ear pressure and pain. I suggest that you see an ENT physician for evaluation of your ear pain. ...Read more

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Inner ear pain both ears bottom jaw aching?

Inner ear pain both ears bottom jaw aching?

Ear pain: Most likely TMJ. Stay on soft foods for 3-5 days, no gum chewing, hard candies, grinding. Take ibuprofen. May need night guard made by dentist. ...Read more

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Sharp random ear pain in both ears right inside the canal. Worse when about to cry. Went to dr couldn't see anything. Scared to fly next week.?

Ear canal pain: Grab you ear and wiggle it around. Does it hurt? If so may be external ear wax but Dr shoal have seen it.
If you swim could be swimmer's ear. But Dr should have seen it.
Could be a vasovagal symptom with crying.

Should be able to fly I would think. Can you pop your ears? ...Read more

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Keep getting bad ear pain, both ears. Throbs about 5 minutes then goes away. Also have tooth sensitivity. Sound like infection?

Not enough: Not enough information to be able to diagnose. Bilateral ear pain not suggestive of infection, sensitive teeth may indicate tooth or gum infection. Please see your Dentist now. The longer you wait, the more serious your problem can become. ...Read more

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Can persitent ear pain in 1 or both ears be a symtom of early hiv? Ear pain is (in eustachian tubes) pressure pain and feel full and block at times

Can persitent ear pain in 1 or both ears be a symtom of early hiv? Ear pain is (in eustachian tubes) pressure pain and feel full and block at times

Sinus disease: This is not a manifestation of HIV disease. Acute HIV infection could present like a 'mono' type illness- fever, sore throat, feeling washed out, lymph node enlargement, etc. What you describe is sinus disease (ear-nose-throat are connected!) Recommend to see your primary doc or an ENT if not much benefit from the first round of treatments (decongestants, increased fluid intake, etc). ...Read more

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Day 2 of neck pain: Tylenol (acetaminophen) hasn't helped & moving the left side of my neck hurts. Also have chronic ear pain, currently in both ears. What's wrong?

Day 2 of neck pain: Tylenol (acetaminophen) hasn't helped & moving the left side of my neck hurts. Also have chronic ear pain, currently in both ears. What's wrong?

See your physician: You may have tight muscles but there are other issues like related to the ears. Your physician can help clarify this, do other studies and consider referrals to pother physicians. ...Read more

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Bleeding from ear after flying? Flew 6 hours- the throat/ear pain was horrible + flu symptoms. Lost hearing in both ears now 1 ear started bleeding

Bleeding from ear after flying? Flew 6 hours- the throat/ear pain was horrible + flu symptoms. Lost hearing in both ears now 1 ear started bleeding

Eardrum: It maybe that your eardrum has ruptured. A doctor should look at your ears and recommend management. You may need an antibiotic. Keep the ear dry. All the best and I hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Have neck/forehead pain. Popping sounds in necl when I turn my head. Ear pain both ears. Dull arm pain. CT/MRI's on head/brain were normal. Help!

Have neck/forehead pain. Popping sounds in necl when I turn my head. Ear pain both ears. Dull arm pain. CT/MRI's on head/brain were normal. Help!

Localization: Your description doesn't provide enough detail to localize the symptoms; if you haven't seen a neurologist, that might be a consideration to aid in assessment. But certainly a second opinion if you have might also be an option. And you should speak with your physician who ordered the imaging in the first place to determine if they have thoughts on the differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a really bad earache What should I do. P.S Left Ear.

Hello, I have a really bad earache What should I do. P.S Left Ear.

Be seen: Take a dose of Advil or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and apply warm compresses along your jaw. See your doctor for assessment and further treatment. All the best. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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My ears hurt. Not earache?

Possible TMJ: An ear infection usually follows a cold and has hearing loss, sometimes fever and drainage. It can affect one or both ears. The exam is abnormal. If both ears hurt and exam is normal consider TMJ problem from chewing muscles being tight or infection behind palate. Hearing is normal but ears might feel full. ...Read more