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What To Do About Ear Pain
Exam: For external causes and a referral to ENT if reason is not apparent. All the best. ...Read more
Hard to know: Usually infection. Not always. Need an ENT to help you diagnose and treat this. ...Read more
See your Dentist: More likely than not your ear ache is being caused by your Temporomandibular Joint, not the way you have described. TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction can mimic earache. You should see your Dentist or an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for an appropriate evaluation. ...Read more
Ear & throat pain: See your regular doctor for a throat and ear check. You may have reflux, causing irritation of the lining of your throat which may lead to ear pain (referred) when you swallow. You may also have the beginning of a throat infection or other process. If you are a smoker, speak to your doctor about strategies to stop smoking. ...Read more
Several causes: Ear pain can develop from inflammation of the ear canal skin, from a middle ear infection, TMJ inflammation or even from problems affecting sites far from the ear such as the throat. Most commonly, ear pain is due to an ear infection- either in the middle ear or ear canal. If these areas area normal, then the hunt for the source of the pain can be complex but needs to be complete. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Otalgia: Otalgia is a term we use for an ear ache. If your hearing is within normal limits for your age, the most common cause of ear pain is referred from the dental apparatus. Conditions associated with chronic ear pain (assuming the ears are normal) are dental diseases, muscle spasm of the jaw muscles, rarely arthritis of the jaw joint, neck disease, throat disease, and laryngeal disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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