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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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Hi. I was wondering if I can take non-drowsy allergy relief and nighttime cold and flu? I have a stuffy nose but a headache and ear ache also..

Hi. I was wondering if I can take non-drowsy allergy relief and nighttime cold and flu? I have a stuffy nose but a headache and ear ache also..

Depends: If your non-drowsy allergy relief contains a decongestant, it may keep you awake although it would provide some relief in your nasal congestion. If it contains just an antihistamine, it would not help your cold but would not keep you awake either. For short term use, an OTC nasal congestant spray may be more effective (not to be used for more than 5 days). ...Read more

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What is a burning throat stuffy/runny nose and ear aches and what should I do?

What is a burning throat stuffy/runny nose and ear aches and what should I do?

Upper resp infection: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, these are viral. More likely if gastrointestinal, no gunk/purulence, no fever.

More likely bacterial and benefitted by antibiotics if pain is moderate to severe, if there is gunk anywhere, if there is fever, if it lasts for a while.

If fever, body aches, cough strongly consider IMMEDIATE TREATMENT FOR FLU (which works only in the first 24 hr). ...Read more

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I have an ear ache, fever, sore throat with trouble swallowing, and stuffy nose. I've been taking motrin, nyquil, and vitamin c. Nothing really helps.

I have an ear ache, fever, sore throat with trouble swallowing, and stuffy nose. I've been taking motrin, nyquil, and vitamin c. Nothing really helps.

Cold: It can be a simple cold, but it sounds like it's time for an examination. There is a possibility of an ear infection, but these symptoms can also result from a simple virus infection. Don't be in a rush to get antibiotics if your doctor feels they're not warranted. Motrin, nyquil & vitamin c sound fine otherwise. Plenty of water, also. ...Read more

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My son has had an earache for a couple of days with stuffy nose, now his jaw is swollen, is this sinus infection? Ear ache. Swollen jaw

My son has had an earache for a couple of days with stuffy nose, now his jaw is swollen, is this sinus infection? Ear ache. Swollen jaw

Since: Since this is only a couple of days old, it be a viral infection. If symptoms get worse over the next few days, or if they do not improve by a week, then you may want to go to the doctor. ...Read more

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Dull achy ear pain in both my ears, sore throat, fever 100.2 and stuffy nose. What is this? Can I take cold medicine?

Dull achy ear pain in both my ears, sore throat, fever 100.2 and stuffy nose. What is this? Can I take cold medicine?

Likely viral illness: Sounds like viral uri- over the age of 5 yrs, over the counter cold meds may help symptomatically
with URI symptoms/ stuffiness, cough, less likely to be strep
common complication is secondary ear infection
would see doctor to have ears evaluated. ...Read more

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Ear pain and also feeling "full", runny stuffy nose, congested, cough, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, & now slight jaw pain when swallowing. Advice

Ear pain and also feeling "full", runny stuffy nose, congested, cough, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, & now slight jaw pain when swallowing. Advice

Dentist now!: Do not wait! There are so many symptoms that you are describing. Start with your dentist or get a good referral. From that visit a determination will be made as to treatment by either that provider or a referral to an oral surgeon or an ENT or an endodontist. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for sore throat stuffy nose earache n headache? At home trearments prefered ans breastfeedinf safe

What is best treatment for sore throat stuffy nose earache n headache? At home trearments prefered ans breastfeedinf safe

Symptomatic Treatmen: From what you describe it may be viral upper respiratory infection.
Symptomatic treatment with humidifier and steam inhalation. Over the counter medications for cold have medications that may not be safe for baby while breast feeding (too many varieties with many commercially available meds to specify which ones are not good). ...Read more

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How long to waiting see dr. For a sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, fever, earache...Been only 4 days so far, miserable. And still have to go to work.

How long to waiting see dr. For a sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, fever, earache...Been only 4 days so far, miserable. And still have to go to work.

OTC: There are many products available on the otc market that will help manage symptoms of upper respiratory viral infections. Sounds like you may need a decongestant, analgesic and possibly other. It should not take long to be seen in an urgent care center if you cannot get a rapid appt with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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38wks pregnant, stuffy nose, earache, headache, mild fever, overall "feeling bad". Hold out to Dr tomorrow, or head to urgent care tonight?

38wks pregnant, stuffy nose, earache, headache, mild fever, overall "feeling bad". Hold out to Dr tomorrow, or head to urgent care tonight?

Viral illness: This sounds like you either have a common cold or a flu-like illness. Doubt that you need urgent care, but always err on the side of safety, and if you feel poorly enough go and be checked. Drink lots of liquids, use OTC meds to alleviate symptoms (your friendly pharmacist can tell you if they are OK in pregnancy). Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Will I get bad ear pain on an airplane if I have a small cold like only a stuffy nose? If yes, will chewing or yawning prevent it for sure?

Will I get bad ear pain on an airplane if I have a small cold like only a stuffy nose? If yes, will chewing or yawning prevent it for sure?

Valsalva: Chewing or yawning will help release the pressure. A valsalva maneuver where you hold your nose (pinch it) and blow gently will equalize the pressure when needed. ...Read more

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3yr old has tummy pain, fever stuffy nose, dx with ear infec by doc but she has had no ear pain how is this possible and why does she have tummy pain?

3yr old has tummy pain, fever stuffy nose, dx with ear infec by doc but she has had no ear pain how is this possible and why does she have tummy pain?

Tummy pain: Ear infections can be painless for sure. The picture you are describing could be viral infection that can cause ear infections and abdominal pain. Adenovirus is one example. Also, there are viruses called enterovirus that ca do that too but ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, no tonsils, stuffy nose ear pain, head pressure and irritability?

I have a sore throat, no tonsils, stuffy nose ear pain, head pressure and irritability?

Allergies: You possibly have an allergic rhinitis. But the earache always need to be checked by doctor as there are possibilities of serious complications of untreated ear infection. ...Read more

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Sore thoat with little stuffy nose very lilttle drainage. Right ear feels clogged with little ringing in ear?

Sore thoat with little stuffy nose very lilttle drainage. Right ear feels clogged with little ringing in ear?

Cold virus: The cold virus can cause these symptoms. I would take some ibuprofen and sudafed (as long as you don't have high blood pressure) for 1-2 days. If the clogged, ringing sensation continues despite that, then see your doctor or urgent care. If you develop a fever over 101 then you may want to be seen sooner. ...Read more

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Sore throat painful ears nauseous sometimes gets hot pressure everywhere stuffy nose what could this be?

Sore throat painful ears nauseous sometimes gets hot pressure everywhere stuffy nose what could this be?

Summer Cold: You are ill with an infection. You need to be seen by your family physician and get on some medication. This is not just to be waited out. ...Read more

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What should I take over-the-counter for ear aches and sore throat and stuffy nose?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Sore throat slight cough headache clogged ears stuffy nose what do I have?

Sore throat slight cough headache clogged ears stuffy nose what do I have?

Might be a cold: Virus. Cold symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, headache, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, mild fever, feeling tired ; watery eyes. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. ...Read more

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Have sore throat, stuffy nose with yellow snot and my ears hurt occasionally. What could it possibly be?

Have sore throat, stuffy nose with yellow snot and my ears hurt occasionally. What could it possibly be?

Upper respiratory: Upper respiratory illness or URI. Some virus is causing these symptoms. Drink lots of fluids, take anti-inflammatory like Motrin for pain or fever. Take cold and cough medication for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Started as sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Now ear infection. If ear left untreated can anything bad happen?

Started as sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Now ear infection. If ear left untreated can anything bad happen?

Otitis media: Although your body is usually capable of clearing ear infections without treatment, a persistent infection is capable of producing complications such as extension of the infection to other areas or hearing loss. Your doctor should be consulted if you are not feeling better soon. ...Read more

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What do I have? I have a bad cough, tightning of the chest, stuffy nose, stopped up ears, feel clammy and achy and a little sore throat

What do I have? I have a bad cough, tightning of the chest, stuffy nose, stopped up ears, feel clammy and achy and a little sore throat

You: You likely have an upper respiratory infection. Stay well hydrated with water. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal antiflammatory medications can help with the achiness, headache and with possible fever. Gargling several times a day with warm salt water would help the throat. An oral decongestant would probably relieve some of your symptoms. If you develop a fever of 104 or above or have any difficulty breathing, then recommend you be seen at an er or acute care clinic. If you aren't getting better within a week you should contact your physician. Hope this passes quickly. ...Read more

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My son had heart surgery a month ago today he. Woke up with stuffy. Nose sore throat and ear ach?

My son had heart surgery a month ago today he. Woke up with stuffy. Nose sore throat and ear ach?

The odds are. ..: That he has an upper respiratory infection +/- otitis media (ear infection). He should see his primary care physician. It probably has nothing to do with his heart surgery 1 month ago, but it would be a good idea for his doc to check him. ...Read more

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