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I was brushing my teeth and I saw black spots and red lines behind my tonsils. I get occasionally earaches but I am also pregnant?

I was brushing my teeth and I saw black spots and red lines behind my tonsils. I get occasionally earaches but I am also pregnant?

Tonsil stone: Is very common condition. Tonsil stones are collagen, mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. Many small tonsil stones do not cause any noticeable symptoms. The larger stones can have a major symptoms like a constant bad breath, sore throat and earache. Remove the stone with Waterpik. If concerned see ENT. ...Read more

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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After a few days of sinus problems, including sore throat and slight /occasional earache, I found a soft lump on left side of my neck. It's at the base sort of under my ear and jawbone. Any idea what this could be?

After a few days of sinus problems, including sore throat and slight /occasional earache, I found a soft lump on left side of my neck. It's at the base sort of under my ear and jawbone. Any idea what this could be?

Reactive node: It sound's like you have a reactive lymph node. This is a lymph node that is doing it's job by enlarging to help get rid of the infections you've been suffering. It should be gone within 4 weeks. If it's not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have difficulty swalloing, high temperature and the occasional cough and earache?

I have difficulty swalloing, high temperature and the occasional cough and earache?

Infection: Usually a high temperature indicates your body is fighting an infection. See a doctor to help decide what treatments, meds and diagnosis you have. ...Read more

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I get earaches occasionally. I find that if I lean my head sideways so that the ear that is aching is facing the floor the pain goes away. Is this a clue as to what might be causing the pain?

I get earaches occasionally. I find that if I lean my head sideways so that the ear that is aching is facing the floor the pain goes away. Is this a clue as to what might be causing the pain?

Probably not: It is likely that when you do that, it moves the fluid around in your ear, which relieves the pressure and makes it feel better. This ear ache may be due to allergies, infection, or fluid in the ear. Would see your doc about it. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am a 30 Female with: right earache, sound sensitivity, occasional headache on the right side goes to my right eye, experienced dizziness once so far?

I am a 30 Female with: right earache, sound sensitivity, occasional headache on the right side goes to my right eye, experienced dizziness once so far?

"Right" issues: I would recommend the first clinic visit be to your doctor. She/he may be able to take full care of you. If not, the doctor would refer you to the the hearing specialist. That doctor will make sure that there are symptoms that can be well controlled.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Earache, on and off voice hoarseness, neck pain, swollen glands, occasional congestion for 3+ weeks. Oc drugs don't help. Concerning?

Earache, on and off voice hoarseness, neck pain, swollen glands, occasional congestion for 3+ weeks. Oc drugs don't help. Concerning?

Earache on and off: Your question does not mention what over the counter medications you used. Based on you question it seems your symptoms are related to allergy and there may or mey not be any infectious process. You need to consult your doctor and may benefit from allergy medicine and decongestants, if there is no evidence of infection in throat or ears, if there is one then you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have been having headaches on the right side of my head for two weeks now and the occasional ear ache. Now accompanied by noises while laying down.

I have been having headaches on the right side of my head for two weeks now and the occasional ear ache. Now accompanied by noises while laying down.

Neurologist: I recommend a consultation with a neurologist to evaluate these persistent headaches. Since there is also tinnitus, imaging studies will be ordered to look for an acoustic neuronoma, and, if needed, referral to an otolaryngologist will be made because of the ear discomfort and noises you hear. ...Read more

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I have occasional ear ache on left side. Sometimes I have a warm feeling inside my ear but there no discharge. May I know what is wronge. Thank you?

I have occasional ear ache on left side. Sometimes I have a warm feeling inside my ear but there no discharge. May I know what is wronge. Thank you?

May be impacted wax: You could have impacted wax or ear congestion or middle ear infection with out drainage. Your doctor may have to look into your ear with an otoscope. ...Read more

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Dizzy spells, off balance, goes when lay down. Tmd, occasional ear ache, Is there something seriously wrong with me and will be suffering for life?

Dizzy spells, off balance, goes when lay down. Tmd, occasional ear ache, Is there something seriously wrong with me and will be suffering for life?

Vestibular neuritis: Or labyrinthitis is a condition involving the inner ear which can become inflamed or infected. It is often characterized by dizziness and balance problems, and sometimes with abnormal eye movements (nystagmus) and hearing loss. It is treatable with medications and surgery. ...Read more

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I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say what is going on. It is certainly possible that you have an ear infection, but in addition to an exam would need a full history before being able to make a diagnosis. Go and be seen. ...Read more

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I have a slight ear ache and occasionally jaw pain. I have thick mucous and I am occasionally feeling nauseous. What is this? No fever. Could it be brain eating aemoba? I have bad anxiety.

I have a slight ear ache and occasionally jaw pain. I have thick mucous and I am occasionally feeling nauseous. What is this? No fever. Could it be brain eating aemoba? I have bad anxiety.

Not ameoba: No, ameoba do not cause mild earaches and intermittent jaw pain. That disorder causes neurologic symptoms. Your symptoms sound more like mild allergies, sinus problems, or respiratory irritants in your environment, such as dust, smoke, etc. It could also be your anxiety symptoms appearing as these symptoms. I would not at at all worry about parasites unless you have spent months in the jungles! ...Read more

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My 16 year old daughter has a stiff neck, headache, ear ache, throat ache, and occasional stomach pains. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

My 16 year old daughter has a stiff neck, headache, ear ache, throat ache, and occasional stomach pains. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

Stiff neck, headache: Definitely sounds like she needs an evaluation. Does she have fever? If she has changes in altertness then it requires emergent evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a lot of earache?

I have a lot of earache?

See doctor: You should see the doctor. If you need treatment you need to have this. So see doctor for exam. Untreated ear infections can cause hearing loss that is permanent ...Read more

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Atypical chronic earache?

Atypical chronic earache?

Ear vs jaw: Do you have a history of ear infections or ear surgery? You may have eustachian tube dysfunction which would cause a retraction of your eardrum and pain. Finally there is some chronic ear pain caused in patients who have tmj, or inflammation of the jaw joint. You should see an ENT for this first to rule out the ear problems first. ...Read more

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What can I do for earache?

What can I do for earache?

Depends: Sorry, there are many reasons for ear pain. So the first thing to do is try and find out why it occurs. Is it because one has an ear infection. Is it because one has a problem with a the jaw joint. Is is because one is using a qtip when they shouldt be...Etc. So answer depends why you have it. ...Read more

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How can you cure an earache?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the earache. It may be an outer or a middle ear infection. It may also be due to impacted wax in the ear. Need to see an otolaryngologist for the diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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What do I do for an earache?

What do I do for an earache?

Earche: Usually needs a quick check to see if it's inner ear/otitis media or earcanal/swimmers ear. Could also be from wax, foreign body, or referred pain from throat infection. ...Read more

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Bad earache, what shuld I do?

Bad earache, what shuld I do?

See your doctor: Could be a number of things and the only way to accurately diagnose them is with a thorough history and exam. Til then, try some over the counter analgesics (tylenol/advil) and/or a warm heating pad over the ear. ...Read more

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What are ways to ease earache.?

Depends: Many causes of an earache and need to see an otolayngologist. ...Read more

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Earache for 2 weeks, what to do?

Depends on cause: Getting rid of an earache involves treating the underlying problem. It can be caused by something in/around the ear or, more commonly, referred from somewhere else. This is commonly from TMJ issues. A persistent earache in someone who uses tobacco is especially worrisome as it could mean a tumor in the throat. An evaluation by your doctor or an ENT will help. ...Read more

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What to do with an earache at work?

What to do with an earache at work?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Earache for 5 weeks now, what to do?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor to find the cause of problem so you can be treated ...Read more

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What can I do at home for an earache?

Suggestions: Try warm compresses, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen initially. If it persists especially if there is ear drainage, hearing loss, sore throat, or any other persistent head or neck symptom see ent. ...Read more

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Day 5 of earache and still no relief?

Day 5 of earache and still no relief?

Thanks for asking!: Go to your doctor and be examined. You obviously need to have an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Untreated otitis media can result in tympanic membrane ruptures, so why take a chance. ...Read more

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How can I calm the pain of an earache?

Earache: For an acute earache warm olive oil, then place drops in the ear canal. You can place tissue in the ear to hold the oil in place. Then you need to get an exam to deteermine the cause, infection, TMJ syndrome, punctured ear drum, whatever. This is not something to play around with. ...Read more

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Need info on what's good for an earache?

Need info on what's good for an earache?

Depends on earache,: External, middle ear, mastoiditis, etc. Throat pain commonly also (occasionally only) felt in ear area; called referred pain. Treatment for external ear canal otitis different from middle ear otitis. Both: (a) study anatomy & (b) get exam from someone worthy of your trust who will show you & help you understand the issues. Unable to much better than this from a distance. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a common earache?

Many factors: Many factors, including wax in the ears, swimmers ear, or a middle ear infection. Can also get referred pain from the thraot or pain from the jaw joint in front of the ear, need to see an otolaryngologist for diagnosis. ...Read more