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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?

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 to do if I have severe ear pain!

Pain meds first: If you have severe pain, try some pain medications first. Usually over the counter Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen works well. Anything stronger will need a prescription. You should also see your primary doctor or an ENT specialist to determine the cause of your ear pain. ...Read more

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What do I do about severe ear pain, what could be wrong?

What do I do about severe ear pain, what could be wrong?

Hard to know: Usually infection. Not always. Need an ENT to help you diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe, extreme ear pain; help please! :(.?

Pain Meds First: If you have severe pain, try some pain medications first. Usually over the counter Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen works well. Anything stronger will need a prescription. You should also see your primary doctor or an ENT specialist to determine the cause of your ear pain. ...Read more

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Severe ear pain! from earplugs. Allergy?

Unlikely: More likely to be irritation or infection. Someone needs to look at it to tell, though. ...Read more

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What is the best relief from ear pain due to a severe cold?

Sinus rinse: Sinus rinses - like those made by NeilMed are great; decongestants like pseudephedrine however probably are not ideal with a heart condition. ...Read more

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I get severe ear pain during flight journey.. Flight journey more than 1 hr.. Especially whn flight is landing.. Feels like crying loud.. ?

I get severe ear pain during flight journey.. Flight journey more than 1 hr.. Especially whn flight is landing.. Feels like crying loud.. ?

ETD: Eustachian tube dysfunction the natural pressure equalizing tubes in your ear are failing during descent. You can try to pop ears with gum and blowing out. Check with your primary doctor to see if you could be okay taking afrin (oxymetazoline) prior to take off/landing which will help open your nose and also your ear tubes. Also, my patient swear by a product called "earplanes". I can't recommend them though. ...Read more

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What causes severe ear pain when I am sleeping ?

Rule out dental pain: I recently answered this question. But I am happy to repeat my suggestion. There are many structures at the side of the face. The ear is only one. The jaw joint, the jaw muscles, teeth, nerves and blood vessels are located at the side of the face but people always assume that pain at the side of the face is coming from the ear. If there is no hearing loss, think of dental or jaw muscles. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have severe ear pain with tonsillitis?

Is it normal to have severe ear pain with tonsillitis?

Ear Pain: Yes, it is known as "referred otalgia". Sometimnes the brain confuses you on the location of the pain. Due to neurolgic input frequently you will experience ear pain from seemingly unrelated areas in the head and neck. Tonsillitis is a common one. The ear pain will go away with the throat pain. ...Read more

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Experiencing sudden severe stabbing pain in ear and spike in temperature. Any ideas?

Experiencing sudden severe stabbing pain in ear and spike in temperature. Any ideas?

Acute otitis media: An ear infection is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear. The condition is rare in adults and painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear. See ENT for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more