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How do I know if I have an ear ache?

How do I know if I have an ear ache?

Your ear will hurt.: An earache is just what it sounds like - your ear will hurt. Ear pain is caused by many different things - a change in pressure, an infection, wax in the ear. If your ear is hurting, and especially if you have a fever or it's lasting for a few days, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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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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How do I know if I have ear ache or toorhache? What's the difference?

How do I know if I have ear ache or toorhache? What's the difference?

Can be a challenge: This can be a challenge at times. A molar tooth ache could cause referred pain up to the ear. It would be unusual for an ear infection/ear pain to cause referred pain down to the tooth. If there is any doubt - see a dentist or your local ent. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache when chewing?

I have an ear ache when chewing?

Excessive: If you chew a large amount of gum you can irritate the TMJ so stop the gum and see if it improves over the period of a week and if not see your dentist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear ache and I'm hearing impaired?

What to do if I have an ear ache and I'm hearing impaired?

Infection/fluid: Possible infection or fluid, so you have to be seen by doctor to find the cause and to be treated ...Read more

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Ear aches! I am hearing impaired and I get ear aches. Tonight I have an ear ache and its sharp pains what can I do to make it go away? I'm 26!

Ear aches! I am hearing impaired and I get ear aches. Tonight I have an ear ache and its sharp pains what can I do to make it go away? I'm 26!

Tmj: You likely have tmj. A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Softer foods, warm compresses and Motrin should help. Avoid gum chewing. Other option is migraine. If you have drainage otitis externa - seemd. ...Read more

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Hi, I have an ear ache any recommendation of home remedy or over-the-counter medication? Thank you

Hi, I have an ear ache any recommendation of home remedy or over-the-counter medication? Thank you

Ear pain: Does the ear ache when you pull on the ear lobe? If so you could have the start or a swimmer's ear. Try some alcohol in the ear canal to dry out any water that could have gotten behind any ear wax you had. Your ear could also have wax in it. If so, try some peroxide (hydrogen) and it should bubble out. You may need a bulb syringe to assist in this regard. Use warm salt water to irrigate. ...Read more

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Hi I have an ear ache and I start school on wensday of next week how do I get rid of this pain in time?

Hi I have an ear ache and I start school on wensday of next week how do I get rid of this pain in time?

Get the Pain Fixed: The pain is to get you to act, before complications occur. Ear pain is usually from pressure against the ear drum, from the inside pressing out, in a middle ear infection, or from serious infection in the external ear canal (the part that you reach with your little finger) see a physician and get treated now. Antibiotic pills or drops depending on cause. Prevent your ear drum from perforating! ...Read more

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If I have an ear ache, can I put warm water in my ear?

No: Don't add water to your ear, but you can place a warm washcloth or heating pad over your ear to help relieve discomfort. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache and horse voice and a doc just told me I may be getting a cold but I never get ear aches that last 3 day?

I have an ear ache and horse voice and a doc just told me I may be getting a cold but I never get ear aches that last 3 day?

Eustacian tubes: The tube that runs from your middle ear to the back of the throat, if obstructed by swelling due to inflammation will produce ear pain. You may want to try a decongestant or a saline irrigation of the nares with a neti-pot. Try these and if still in pain go back and see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a crown on my back tooth which is hurting now. I have never had a problem with the crown before and it been in over five years. My last dental exray did not show anything. I have an ear ache as well and now my right jaw is hurting and it is hard

I have a crown on my back tooth which is hurting now. I have never had a problem with the crown before and it been in over five years. My last dental exray did not show anything. I have an ear ache as well and now my right jaw is hurting and it is hard

Crowned Tooth: The main reason why crowns are placed over teeth is to protect a tooth that has a fracture, root canal treatment, very large restorations or severe crown damage from decay. Even with crown treatment, severely damaged teeth, can eventually lose the vitality of the pulp and become abscess. Your jaw and ear pain may be associated to a tooth abscess. See a dentist right away to save your tooth! ...Read more

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I have an ear ache & a migraine that won't go away. I'm also very dizzy & have a fever. What is happening to me?

Problems: This is a good question but the best advice is to get in and see your doctor today and let him have a chance to figure what is going on. This forum can't give the answer you need because we can't do the tests and exam you need to get to the root of the problem. Please get help today and let us know what they tell you at the doctors office. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache for about three weeks or so, I noticed I have swelling puffy like area on my left temple area that runs above my ear.

I have an ear ache for about three weeks or so, I noticed I have swelling puffy like area on my left temple area that runs above my ear.

Outer ear infection: Puffy swelling above the ear could be an extension of an otitis externa or outer ear infection. An exam by a doctor is necessary to diagnose the problem and determine a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache and just got over the flu. Is it a possible ear infection?

I have an ear ache and just got over the flu. Is it a possible ear infection?

Yes: A middle ear infection usually follows some triggering event, like a cold, allergies or the flu. The ear pain may just be fluid or pressure. If it doesn't fade soon I would have it examined. Sometimes a heat source held over the affected side of the head can diminish the pain sensation. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache that started yesterday. Now the whole left side of my head hurts. Even when I touch my hair. My skin tingles and my eye hurts.

I have an ear ache that started yesterday. Now the whole left side of my head hurts. Even when I touch my hair. My skin tingles and my eye hurts.

Maybe Shingles: Shingles, or herpes zoster infection often presents as surface pain. A short time later you might begin to see raised red areas on the skin. If you do, then contact your PCP or dermatologist as soon as possible so they can start you on anti-viral meds ASAP. It shortens the course of the illness. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear ache and throat pain and people have said that erythomycin is good for ear aches. Is this true?

What to do if I have an ear ache and throat pain and people have said that erythomycin is good for ear aches. Is this true?

Not true: Erythromycin is actually not a very good medication for ear infections. Many of the bacteria that cause ear infections are now resistant to erythromycin. You should rely on your doctor to recommend appropriate treatment for your health problems, not your friends, family and neighbors. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache plus congestion and runny nose. Do you think it might be an ear infection and should I go to the doctor?

I have an ear ache plus congestion and runny nose. Do you think it might be an ear infection and should I go to the doctor?

It could be.: Congestion plugs up the opening between the middle ear and the nose, causing your ears to feel full and occasionally hurt. You could try a dehumidifier, shower, sugarless gum chewing or some oral decongestant to see if it relieves the pain; if not, you do need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Levin
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Aches (Definition)

Aches are ...Read more