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What causes sudden ear pain, and does it mean damage has taken place?

What causes sudden ear pain, and does it mean damage has taken place?

Maybe not: Sudden ear pain is often due to pressure in the middle ear changing the position of the eardrum. For example, rapid descent in an airplane will cause the eardrum to be sucked in towards the middle ear, and causes pain. Infected pus fluid in the middle air space will force the eardrum outwards and cause pain. A doctor needs to examine a painful ear quite soon, in case there is a serious problem. ...Read more

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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


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Sudden ear pain, loud ringing, intensified in hours, fluid movmnt when pops causing icrutiating pain, sore neck, lymph nodes, mucus, becoming intolerable?

Sudden ear pain, loud ringing, intensified in hours, fluid movmnt when pops causing icrutiating pain, sore neck, lymph nodes, mucus, becoming intolerable?

See doc asap: That kind of sudden intese pain along with reaction in lymph nodes is a history that suggest possible ear infection. In any even the pain is screaming - go get it seen! you may need some antibiotics or done some injury to the ear that got infected. This is not something for self treatment without a medical exam. See your doc or go to an urgent care center. This can get worse without treatment. ...Read more

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Could the ear pain be caused by the fluid I have in my ear and how do I get rid of the fluid?

Could the ear pain be caused by the fluid I have in my ear and how do I get rid of the fluid?

Ear pain fluid: The fluid in your ear can cause pressure and pain. It is more likely to cause pain if it is infected. To remove the fluid your physician would first identify and treat any potential causes such as infection before trying medications and finally potential drainage. Partner with your physician to work on solving this problem. ...Read more

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Im taking my girls 4 and 2 on a long flight. I suffer from painful ears when landing so i'm worries about them. Any suggestions to prevent ear pain?

Im taking my girls 4 and 2 on a long flight. I suffer from painful ears when landing so i'm worries about them. Any suggestions to prevent ear pain?

Crackers: I have had good luck giving my daughter something like goldfish crackers during take off and/or landing. The process of eating and swallowing helps to open up your eustachian tubes and equalizes air pressure on either side of your ear drums. Gum for those old enough (like yourself) can do the same thing. ...Read more

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What causes sudden ear pain, and does it mean damage has taken place?

Maybe not: Sudden ear pain is often due to pressure in the middle ear changing the position of the eardrum. For example, rapid descent in an airplane will cause the eardrum to be sucked in towards the middle ear, and causes pain. Infected pus fluid in the middle air space will force the eardrum outwards and cause pain. A doctor needs to examine a painful ear quite soon, in case there is a serious problem. ...Read more

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Hi, I am experiencing sudden ear pain while bathing. Please let me know what could be the reason.

Hi, I am experiencing sudden ear pain while bathing. Please let me know what could be the reason.

?swimmer's ear: If this is related to a pool, it is sometimes due to chlorine. All it needs is ear drops containing a little cortisone and usually with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Sudden ear pain, loud ringing, intensified in hours, fluid movmnt when pops causing icrutiating pain, sore neck, lymph nodes, mucus, becoming intolerable?

See doc asap: That kind of sudden intese pain along with reaction in lymph nodes is a history that suggest possible ear infection. In any even the pain is screaming - go get it seen! you may need some antibiotics or done some injury to the ear that got infected. This is not something for self treatment without a medical exam. See your doc or go to an urgent care center. This can get worse without treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic sudden sharp ear pain with no infection?

Ear pain: Recurrent fluid in the ears can cause it. However, since this is a chronic problem, he should be seen by a specialist- ENT doctor to evaluate for other problems. ...Read more