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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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Dr. Richard Levin
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Aches (Definition)

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