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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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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ear (earplugs or showercap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses for minimal pain
3x day
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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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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Visit doctor to get antibiotic drops to treat infection
once
No swimming for at least 5 days
once
Put alcohol/white vinegar drops in the ear after swimming when healthy
once
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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
Once
Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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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