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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

Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. An 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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I'm 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?

I'm 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

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Sudden, stabbing ear pain. How to check for an insect in the ear?

Sudden, stabbing ear pain. How to check for an insect in the ear?

See physician: Sudden onset of stabbing pain unlikely from an insect. Could be an ear infection or TMJ discomfort. Should have it examined. ...Read more

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Sudden left ear pain, threw up 3 times, dizzy when standing, and low grade fevee in the 99's. What could this be?

See an md soon: It could be many things, but I would want to make sure you aren't having a labyrinthitis which could need antibiotics and steroids asap. If I were you i'd get checked out. ...Read more

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Sudden sharp left ear pain that is brief and random.?

Sudden sharp left ear pain that is brief and random.?

Couple thots: You may be experiencing pain primarily within the temporomandibular joint (tmj syndrome), that is referred to the ear. A dental eval may help to confirm. A rare condition called "nervous intermedius neuralgia" typically causes intense pain lasting several minutes to hours, and can be confirmed if loss of taste on the same side. An ENT doc may help with this. Mastoid problems may be considered. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with sinus infection. Sudden sharp left ear pain that comes and goes started after appointment. What is the cause?

Diagnosed with sinus infection. Sudden sharp left ear pain that comes and goes started after appointment. What is the cause?

Have doctor recheck: Your ears. The antibiotic used for sinus infections also treats ear infections, but if the pain doesn't get better in a day or 2, go back to the doctor. Meanwhile, take some ibuprofen or acetaminophen. ...Read more

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After jumping off a 12 ft bluff into water I started having sudden severe right ear pain. No drainage. Lasting 3 hours now. Should I see a doctor?

Maybe: Try to yawn a few times or pop your ears if you know how. This is likely a vacuum in your middle ear due to Eustachian tube swelling. This may clear the vacuum and end the pain. If it persists, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What are likely causes of: sudden eye and ear pain, severe sharp chest pain, clammy, short of breath, low bp, higher pulse, pain at base of skull?

Get checked: Most likely ANS blockers (toxins, pathogens, allegens) are causing your symptoms. The base of the skull is the occiput. Infection at occiput will predispose HA, sleep dysfunction, and perhaps anxiety issues. Occiput pain projects to the back of the eye. ANS blockers at the ear/TMJ will cause ear pain. Get checked ...Read more

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How long after starting antibiotics for a middle ear infection should I start feeling better? It's been 4 days and still having ear pain and dizziness

How long after starting antibiotics for a middle ear infection should I start feeling better? It's been 4 days and still having ear pain and dizziness

Otitis Media: Also consider treatment failure if you have fever or worsening symptoms. For that matter you may neeed a followup visit if not improve by day 5. ...Read more

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I've had sore glands, jaw pain, and ear pain for almost 2 weeks. Dr diagnosed as sinus/middle ear infection but z pack didn't help. What should I do?

I've had sore glands, jaw pain, and ear pain for almost 2 weeks. Dr diagnosed as sinus/middle ear infection but z pack didn't help. What should I do?

Try again: A middle ear infection should include decreased hearing. Pus in the nose running over the opening to the eustachian tube could cause ear pain. If it's mainly jaw pain it may be TMJ and not infection at all. See an ENT and get a good nasal exam. You may want to call your doctor first and see if he wants to try a second antibiotic. A z pak could miss some important bacteria. ...Read more

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I have this pain in my right side of my head just above my right ear. Sudden sharp pain and goes away but constant dull pain. Tender to touch.

Neuralgia: Is a condition where there is inflammation of a local nerve on top of the scalp. This inflammation can be sharp, but constant dull pain can be caused by similar process in a more minor branch of the same nerve. The scalp tenderness is classic for this kind of pain. Please visit a pain specialist or family physician for treatment of neuralgia. ...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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Random sharp ear pain?

Neuritic pain: Sharp stabbing pain in the ear is rarely the result of ear infection which is persistent pain associated with hearing loss. Two possible reasons could be firing off of nerves that innervate the region of the ear (trigeminal neuralgia) or the pain may be arising from structures around the ear as the jaw joint or the muscles of mastication. ...Read more

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What can cause ear pain?

What can cause ear pain?

Ear vs TMJ: Most common cause of ear pain is infection. Can be other ear problems. Most common cause of ear pain not due to ear is jaw joint (TMJ) problem. See ENT doc. If negative for ear pain, have oral surgeon examine jaw joint. If positive, see TMJ expert. Get referral from oral surgeon ...Read more

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How can I address ear pain?

First find out cause: "ear pain" is a tricky problem as more often than not it is not from the ear. The most common cause of "ear pain" is from the jaw joint. If you have no hearing loss and no ear fullness chances are it is your jaw and jaw precautions can help. An ENT doctor can look in your ear and tell whether the ear is or is not the problem. Beware doctors treating an ear they say that "looks a little red". ...Read more

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What can I do I have ear pain?

What can I do I have ear pain?

Exam: You could take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen and use a warm compress along your jaw. See you doctor for an exam and further treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic ear pain?

What could cause chronic ear pain?

Tough problem: Chronic ear pain tends to be a frustrating problem as it is difficult to diagnose and management strategies do involve trial and error method at times. Temporomandibular disorders often cause chronic ear pain. Other causes include inflammation of the jaw joint/s, headache disorders, salivary gland disease, and ear infections. Some medical illnesses can also exhibit ear pain. ...Read more

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Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Ear Pain: Infections (internal and external), ear wax, throat infections, vascular issues, TMJ problems, dental infections, salivary gland problems and numerous other diagnoses can be involved. See your doctor who may refer you to an ENT specialist in some cases. ...Read more