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Why would an adult have an earache for 4 months?

Why would an adult have an earache for 4 months?

Prolonged earache: Hello, if you are having prolonged ear pain, it may be related to your TMJ joint. Since the jaw joint is so close to the ear canal, pain from the joint is often referred to the ear. Check with your doctor. There are many possible causes and a detailed history and physical will help identify the cause and thus the treatment. ...Read more

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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Adult with a severe earache, what will the dr. Do to fix it?

All depends: The answer depends on the cause. It may be due to an ear problem. Not always the case. Start by seeing a doctor so that it gets fixed. ...Read more

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Adult, earache, clr drainage, pain, dizzy, some throat pain under ears, low fever(new), no ins. Home remedy? For over a week. Thank you!

Adult, earache, clr drainage, pain, dizzy, some throat pain under ears, low fever(new), no ins.  Home remedy? For over a week. Thank you!

See a doctor: You need to examined for a proper diagnosis and possible antibiotics as well as decongestants. Your health is worth paying for and preventing others from catching it is also important. Hope you get treated and feel better soon. ...Read more

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The Best OTC for an ear ache for an adult?

The Best OTC for an ear ache for an adult?

Alleve: I rountinely use this as its easy and only twice a day. Prescription strength Naproxen is twice the otc dose (500mg twice daily). It can cause GI upset so take with food or if continues may need other prescription med. ...Read more

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Remedy for ear ache in adult?

Remedy for ear ache in adult?

Exam needed: An examination is needed to determine the cause of the earache. Your doctor can then prescribe appropriate treatment ...Read more

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What do I do for an earache?

What do I do for an earache?

Earche: Usually needs a quick check to see if its inner ear/otitis media or earcanal/swimmers ear. Could also be from wax, foreign body, or referred pain from throat infection. ...Read more

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What to do for an earache if tubes?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What will a ER dr. Do for an earache and dizziness?

What will a ER dr. Do for an earache and dizziness?

Exam: Any doctor would take a history and perform and examination to try to find out the cause of the symptoms. However, these symptoms do not constitute and emergency. The fact that you are typing a question onto the internet supports the non-emergent nature of this problem. This is a problem best addressed by your primary care physician. Please don't clog the ed with things like this. ...Read more

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What can I do for an earache, headache and sinus pressure if im pregnant?

What can I do for an earache, headache and sinus pressure if im pregnant?

Simple things: Chewing gum or popping your ears may relieve some ea discomfort and is perfectly safe during pregnancy. For your sinuses, using a neti pot or just squirt bottle with plain old saline (salt water) may help in clearing congestion and pressure and is again safe. You can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) but all other meds should be cleared by your ob. If symptoms persist, see your doc as you may need further tx. ...Read more

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I have a lot of earache?

I have a lot of earache?

See doctor: You should see the doctor. If you need treatment you need to have this. So see doctor for exam. Untreated ear infections can cause hearing loss that is permanent ...Read more

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Atypical chronic earache?

Atypical chronic earache?

Ear vs jaw: Do you have a history of ear infections or ear surgery? You may have eustachian tube dysfunction which would cause a retraction of your eardrum and pain. Finally, there is some chronic ear pain caused in patients who have tmj, or inflammation of the jaw joint. You should see an ENT for this first to rule out the ear problems first. ...Read more

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What can I do for earache?

What can I do for earache?

Depends: Sorry, there are many reasons for ear pain. So the first thing to do is try to find out why it occurs. Is it because one has an ear infection. Is it because one has a problem with a jaw joint. Is because one is using a qtip when they shouldt be... Etc. So answer depends on why you have it. ...Read more

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How can you cure an earache?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the earache. It may be an outer or a middle ear infection. It may also be due to impacted wax in the ear. Need to see an otolaryngologist for the diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Bad earache, what shuld I do?

Bad earache, what shuld I do?

See your doctor: Could be a number of things and the only way to accurately diagnose them is with a thorough history and exam. Til then, try some over the counter analgesics (tylenol/advil) and/or a warm heating pad over the ear. ...Read more

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What are ways to ease earache.?

Depends: Many causes of an earache and need to see an otolayngologist. ...Read more

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Earache for 2 weeks, what to do?

Depends on cause: Getting rid of an earache involves treating the underlying problem. It can be caused by something in/around the ear or, more commonly, referred from somewhere else. This is commonly from TMJ issues. A persistent earache in someone who uses tobacco is especially worrisome as it could mean a tumor in the throat. An evaluation by your doctor or an ENT will help. ...Read more

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What to do with an earache at work?

What to do with an earache at work?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Earache for 5 weeks now, what to do?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor to find the cause of problem so you can be treated ...Read more

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What can I do at home for an earache?

Suggestions: Try warm compresses, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen initially. If it persists especially if there is ear drainage, hearing loss, sore throat, or any other persistent head or neck symptom see ent. ...Read more

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Day 5 of earache and still no relief?

Day 5 of earache and still no relief?

Thanks for asking!: Go to your doctor and be examined. You obviously need to have an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Untreated otitis media can result in tympanic membrane ruptures, so why take a chance. ...Read more

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How can I calm the pain of an earache?

Earache: For an acute earache warm olive oil, then place drops in the ear canal. You can place tissue in the ear to hold the oil in place. Then you need to get an exam to deteermine the cause, infection, TMJ syndrome, punctured ear drum, whatever. This is not something to play around with. ...Read more

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Need info on what's good for an earache?

Need info on what's good for an earache?

Depends on earache,: External, middle ear, mastoiditis, etc. Throat pain commonly also (occasionally only) felt in ear area; called referred pain. Treatment for external ear canal otitis different from middle ear otitis. Both: (a) study anatomy & (b) get exam from someone worthy of your trust who will show you & help you understand the issues. Unable too much better than this from a distance. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a common earache?

Many factors: Many factors, including wax in the ears, swimmers ear, or a middle ear infection. Can also get referred pain from the thraot or pain from the jaw joint in front of the ear, need to see an otolaryngologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure an earache?

First, diagnosis: An earache really means pain at the side of your face. There are other anatomical structures at the side of the face, including the jaw joint, the jaw muscles and the upper teeth. If your hearing has not changed, it is unlikely that the ear is the site of your pain. You need to see an ENT doctor for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an earache?

What is the best way to treat an earache?

First, diagnosis: Ear ache or otalgia may be caused by a number of disorders. If your hearing has not changed and you are not a q-tip user, it is most likely that your ear is not the site of the pain. Tmd or disorders related to the muscles of mastication are the most common problems causing ear ache in the absence of ear disorders. You first need a diagnosis by and ENT doctor before you proceed. Heat, analgesic. ...Read more

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What can I do to make an earache go away?

What can I do to make an earache go away?

Have it checked &RX: You need to find what is causing the earache, so have it checked and find the cause and proper treatment to cure it. ...Read more

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What medicine could I take for an earache?

What medicine could I take for an earache?

Advil (ibuprofen) or alleve: Most cases of ear pain in an adult are due to jaw muscles being irritated or inflamed. Anti-inflammatories, soft diet, and ice are very helpful. ...Read more

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What to do for an earache that is recurrent?

See your dentist: Most earaches are actually not due to the ear they are used to the jaw joint. The jaw joint surrounds the ear and when irritated or inflamed can lead to pain that is experienced "in the ear." if you chew gum, stop. If you clench or grind your teeth see your dentist. ...Read more