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Dr. Sunil Ummat
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
30 years in practice
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2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

Dr. Sunil Ummat
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
30 years in practice
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2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

Outer ear infection: The key to the diagnosis here is that the ear lobe hurts when you move it. I suspect that you have an ear infection within the outer ear canal. Pulling on the earlobe causes pain because it creates traction on the ear canal. An outer ear infection or inflammation is quite common in warm weather or with water exposure. If it gets worse, you will need antibiotic ear drops from a doctor or pharmacy. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Marc Rosenthal
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
135K people helped
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After I run or excercise outside (usually in cold weather) I get a sharp pain in my inner ear. Is this common and can I stop it?

Dr. Marc Rosenthal
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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After I run or excercise outside (usually in cold weather) I get a sharp pain in my inner ear. Is this common and can I stop it?

TMJ?: This sounds like TMJ and bruxism. It is common. Avoid chewing gum and clenching your teeth. Soft diet and Motrin can help. Place a cotton ball in your ear when running. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Brian Affleck
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
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My husband had vibrating sensation in both ears for a long time now it hurts like sharp pain in inner ear and tender to touch outside ear and jaw area?

Dr. Brian Affleck
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
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My husband had vibrating sensation in both ears for a long time now it hurts like sharp pain in inner ear and tender to touch outside ear and jaw area?

Ear pain: Part of what you are describing sounds like your husband could be suffering with temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction, also known as TMD. This could translate into the small middle ear muscles to contract, too. Best to start with an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or naproxen ...Read more

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Dr. Robin Merlino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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When I wake up I have a sharp pain in the ear I slept on for about 5 minutes.

Dr. Robin Merlino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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When I wake up I have a sharp pain in the ear I slept on for about 5 minutes.

Ear pain: This could be TMJ syndrome due to grinding your teeth. Ask your dentist if he/she sees evidence of such. A night guard may be beneficial ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
34 years in practice
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My ear still hurting even after using peroxide and now it's ringing and every so often I get a rush of a sharp pain.

Dr. Stephen Rothstein
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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My ear still hurting even after using peroxide and now it's ringing and every so often I get a rush of a sharp pain.

Ear: You need to see an ENT as soon as possible. Stop the peroxide and keep the ear dry for now when showering. Avoid ibuprofen which may make it ring more. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
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Fluid in ear. Been trying many different things for relief. Woke up in middle of night with deep sharp pain in ear. What will help the pain?

Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
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Fluid in ear. Been trying many different things for relief. Woke up in middle of night with deep sharp pain in ear. What will help the pain?

Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen and tylenol can help. If the fluid is persistent you may need to see an ENT specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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What could cause or relieve pinna ear spasms (sharp pain)?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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What could cause or relieve pinna ear spasms (sharp pain)?

Let me explain: Numerous conditions and problems can cause outer ear pain. According to the university of illinois medical center, ear pain can range from mild to severe, and is usually caused by conditions of the outer or middle ear. Otitis externa(external ear infection). Ear truma ear canal blockage(wax). The treatment is according to cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Sharp pain on one side of tongue for a few seconds a few times a day, also tongue feels itrritated. Sometimes pain gets till ear. Anything major?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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ENT eval: Otolaryngology evaluation may be able to get to the bottom of why this is occurring and answer your question. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
50M people helped
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Left ear sudden sharp pain, comes and goes in seconds, happen many times a day?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Left ear sudden sharp pain, comes and goes in seconds, happen many times a day?

?neuralgia: A very rare condition, "nervus intermedius neuralgia" can act this way, and if you have slight altered taste over the left side of your tongue, this may be the answer. However, these symptoms could be due to infection, periodic blocking of the eustachian tube, and even referred problems from the jaw (tmj). An exam may pinpoint the issues. ...Read more

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