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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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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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My 5 year old had a really bad ear ache. He has had a cold so this followed. I treated the symptoms and he finally slept a little last night. He woke up this morning with the ear ache but not as bad. He wants to sleep and is not hungry. No fever...

My 5 year old had a really bad ear ache. He has had a cold so this followed. I treated the symptoms and he finally slept a little last night. He woke up this morning with the ear ache but not as bad. He wants to sleep and is not hungry. No fever...

Ear Pain: It is likely this is an ear infection. Most physicians feel that treating the pain is the primary goal. This may include antibiotics, although the major cause in viral. The follow up care is important. Have his ear examined to make sure the infection/fluid is resolving to prevent hearing loss. All the best. ...Read more

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How can a ear ache due to cold be cured?

How can a ear ache due to cold be cured?

Earache: A cold can cause earache from pressure or from an infection. If caused by an infection it may need to be treated with an antibiotic. If caused by pressure then taking a decongestant, pain reliever, steam inhalation, saline nasal spray helps. ...Read more

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Room spinning off and on really bad when it hits it last for 10 seconds then goes away. What causes it? No ear ache. It just started an hour ago.

Room spinning off and on really bad when it hits it last for 10 seconds then goes away. What causes it? No ear ache. It just started an hour ago.

BPPV: The fact that the spinning lasts for seconds and is probably related to position sounds like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (bppv). This is a disorder of the inner ear wherein loose calcium carbonate stones move and cause the inner ear balance mechanism to be activated. Time, head exercises, or vestibular rehab by a physical therapist will help. ...Read more

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I have a cold and now ear ache. It's it likely to be an infection?

I have a cold and now ear ache. It's it likely to be an infection?

Could be but...: More likely a blocked eustacian tube in the neck. This tube is designed to eqalize pressure in the middle ear. When blocked it will produce an earache. Try using decongestants. If it is not relieved see your PCP of evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I treat an ear ache due to having a cold in a 10 year old?

How do I treat an ear ache due to having a cold in a 10 year old?

Warm compresses: Try putting warm compresses (microwaved damp washcloth) on the ear, and have the child lay on that side. ...Read more

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I have right ear congestion (fullness)with tunnitus for 12 days that started as a short lasting ear ache, at the end of a 3 week cold.?

I have right ear congestion (fullness)with tunnitus for 12 days that started as a short lasting ear ache, at the end of a 3 week cold.?

Eustachian tube: ET dysfunction from a cold can create ear congestion or a middle ear fluid problem that can cause temporary hearing loss and/or tinnitus. It usually will respond to medications that decongest such as topical nasal decongestants like Afrin or Neosynephrine; oral decongestants like Sudafed; and topical nasal steroids like Flonase, Nasacort, and Rhinocort, all of which are OTC. See MD if persists. ...Read more

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Hi. My son is 2 ys and 8 mths old. He woke up crying because of an ear ache. Is it safe to put lidosporin drops? If yes after how long and how many? Thx

Hi. My son is 2 ys and 8 mths old. He woke up crying because of an ear ache. Is it safe to put lidosporin drops? If yes after how long and how many? Thx

It would be best: To have a doctor look in the ear. Covering up pain, and potentially introducing liquid into a eardrum that is at risk of rupture may worsen things. If it's possible to have someone look in the ear to look for foreign bodies, insects, perforation of the eardrum or fluid behind the eardrum with the tool doctors use (an otoscope) is the best way to go. Check for fever, and note any other symptoms. ...Read more

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I have got a couth& cold, ear ache (sometimes head ache) my ribs really ache and I fell weak?

There are...: ...Many illnesses that include the symptoms you've described. Most of those illnesses are viruses that resolve over time. You need lots of rest, lots of fluids, and maybe some analgesic (tylenol, ibuprofen) for pain. If it goes on longer than a week, if you develop high fevers, vomiting, trouble breathing, or anything significantly worse than the cold symptoms you describe, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter meds I can take for cold plugged sinus plus ear ache?

What is the best over-the-counter meds I can take for cold plugged sinus plus ear ache?

See your pharmacist: Pharmacists know so much more than we may give them credit for. They speak to many customers and get feedback on their otc meds. ...Read more

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I had an ear ache last night on my left ear. I woke up with this constant ringing in my ear. What is going on?

Possible infection: Or inflammation: requires examination, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Call for an appointment today or make an appointment with a HT physician. ...Read more

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Persistent cold and fever for 3yr old female child. Cold more than 2 months and fever more than 15 days with ear ache?

Persistent cold and fever for 3yr old female child. Cold more than 2 months and fever more than 15 days with ear ache?

Go see your doctor: Colds can last a long time during winter time, but a fever should not last that long. If your child is having daily fevers then your doctor needs to find the source of that infection! ...Read more

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I am experiencing dizziness (worsened by: after exercise, prolonged standing). The following also describe me: Spinning sensation and Ear ache.

I am experiencing dizziness (worsened by: after exercise, prolonged standing). The following also describe me: Spinning sensation and Ear ache.

Dizzy: It sounds like vertigo or vestibular imbalance. With this,
can feel spinning when lying down or ear discomfort.
You can take Antivert (Meclizine) OTC and over time, it disappears. If not, you can have your pedi MD refer you to head and neck specialist if not better after 2 weeks of Antivert trial. Welcome to Healthtap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 years old and complained of ear ache last night. It is the weekend and I cannot get an appointment. She has a cough for around 2 weeks now and still has mucus. Please advise

My daughter is 5 years old and complained of ear ache last night. It is the weekend and I cannot get an appointment. She has a cough for around 2 weeks now and still has mucus. Please advise

For: For the future if your daughter is complaining of moderate to severe pain, she is uncomfortable, and possibly has a fever then you can take her to an urgent care since most doctor's offices are closed on weekends. If she does have an ear infection, this can be very painful and antibiotics should be started as soon as possible. Also childrens tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil can be given for pain.
I hope she has seen her doctor and is better by now. ...Read more

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I have had a cold & ear ache for a couple of weeks. But I woke up today with a saw jaw & when I bend over there is pressure in my tooth. It is coming?

I have had a cold & ear ache for a couple of weeks. But I woke up today with a saw jaw & when I bend over there is pressure in my tooth. It is coming?

Pain: Are you being treated for a sinus infection? Have you taken any medications or antibiotics? It is impossible to tell you whether this is a sinus, tooth, or TMJ problem. Your primary care doctor or an ENT can examine you sinus. If it is not sinus then se a dentist to evaluate TMJ and tooth. ...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 had a real bad tooth/ear ache for the last two. I thought it was my ear, but I don't have fever. Now my head hurts on the left side and feels sick like a bad stomachache. What should I do?

I have had a real bad tooth/ear ache for the last two. I thought it was my ear, but I don't have fever. Now my head hurts on the left side and feels sick like a bad stomachache. What should I do?

Get examined: You will need to see a both a physician and a dentist to rule out any serious problems and to be diagnosed correctly. Regarding your teeth, many things cannot be determined without radiographs and an examination. ...Read more

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My wife is congested, with an ear ache, the pain from her runs across her forehead and down to her two front teeth. Could this be anything other than just a bad cold.

My wife is congested, with an ear ache, the pain from her runs across her forehead and down to her two front teeth. Could this be anything other than just a bad cold.

It: It is possible that your wife has a sinus infection. I would recommend an evaluation by ENT specialist. Dental infections usually don't cause conjestion. If she cannot get an appointment with an ENT call your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Ear ache, ear blocked/crackling, cold feeling in ear, swollen gland (movable), hoarse- all left side. Gp reffered to ENT but 6month wait. Any ideas?

Need evaluation: Hoarseness, headache and earache require re-evaluation and assessment earlier than 6 months. Request early appointment. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for a few days. A wet cough, low grade fever, congestion, headache, ear ache, body pains. Now all of a sudden today I have a rash?

I have had a cold for a few days. A wet cough, low grade fever, congestion, headache, ear ache, body pains. Now all of a sudden today I have a rash?

Need medical check u: You may have a head cold or some other Virus infection. Your skin rash worries me...it could be a drug allergy (if you are taking any medicines/antibiotics) or it may be due to the virus infection itself causing it. Unless you are feeling better already, it is best to get an examination from your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Sore throat, earache, pain under the ear travelling down face and neck, painful chewing, feeling extremely cold, starting to wheeze and cough?

Sore throat, earache, pain under the ear travelling down face and neck, painful chewing, feeling extremely cold, starting to wheeze and cough?

URI: Upper respiratory infection (URI) seems likely. Please check your temperature as fever may indicate a more serious problem. Either way, please see your primary care doctor immediately. Get well. ...Read more

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Hi. I was wondering if I can take non-drowsy allergy relief and nighttime cold and flu? I have a stuffy nose but a headache and ear ache also..

Hi. I was wondering if I can take non-drowsy allergy relief and nighttime cold and flu? I have a stuffy nose but a headache and ear ache also..

Depends: If your non-drowsy allergy relief contains a decongestant, it may keep you awake although it would provide some relief in your nasal congestion. If it contains just an antihistamine, it would not help your cold but would not keep you awake either. For short term use, an OTC nasal congestant spray may be more effective (not to be used for more than 5 days). ...Read more

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Four wisdom teeth pulled last week and I have the biggest ear ache on right side. And throbbing pain in my first upper molar. Denist says not to worry?

Four wisdom teeth pulled last week and I have the biggest ear ache on right side. And throbbing pain in my first upper molar. Denist says not to worry?

Dry socket: The symptoms you describe are very classic for a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot in extraction site breaks down. This needs to be treated by cleaning out the site and placing a special packing. You need to be seen by an oral surgeon. Do not take no for an answer. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Levin
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Aches (Definition)

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