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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 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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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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