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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?

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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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?

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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When I wake up I have a sharp pain in the ear I slept on for about 5 minutes.

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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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.

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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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?

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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Left ear sudden sharp pain, comes and goes in seconds, happen many times a day?

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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What is sharp pain behind the left ear?

What is sharp pain behind the left ear?

Directly behind?: There are a set of lymph nodes that drain the scalp and the outer ear.... Or it could be an ear infection, or a scrape, or an ingrown hair... Have someone look at it to be sure. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain in your ear?

What causes sharp pain in your ear?

Ear, TMJ or?: Most common cause of non ear related ear pain is TMj. Can be a number of things, some minoir, some serious. Best place to start is ENT doc. ...Read more

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What could cause sharp pain in the ear and can also last for prolonged periods?

What could cause sharp pain in the ear and can also last for prolonged periods?

Many causes: Earache are non-specific. Persistent ear pain could be ear canal infection, headache, TMJ disorder, dental infection, arthritis of neck and others. See an ENT doctor! ...Read more

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