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Pain in ears pins and needles in head and head aches could it be an ear infection or worse?

Pain in ears pins and needles in head and head aches could it be an ear infection  or worse?

Non-specific: An ear infection can be confined to the skin of the ear canal (external otitis) or fluid or pus in the middle ear space (otitis media). The latter is almost always associated with a hearing loss. Pins and needles in the head and headache are too non-specific to evaluate except to reassure you that it is unlikely to be due to an ear infection. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Why is my head sensitive to the touch when I have an ear infection?

Why is my head sensitive to the touch when I have an ear infection?

Inflammation to head: Outer ear infections (in the ear canal). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. If it is an outer ear infection, the inflammation may spread to the local tissues near the ear on the head. This may be why it is sensitive in that area. If this is not the case, you should make sure that nothing further is ongoing. ...Read more

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What type of ear infection do I have? My ear gets sharp pains whenever i move my head, i can touch my outer ear but it hurts when i apply pressure (like laying my head on a pillow), i feel like something is draining when i sit my head up or tilt it to the

What type of ear infection do I have? My ear gets sharp pains whenever i move my head, i can touch my outer ear but it hurts when i apply pressure (like laying my head on a pillow), i feel like something is draining when i sit my head up or tilt it to the

You : You need an exam to determine what kind of infection you have. You could either have an outer ear infection (also known as swimmer's ear) or you could have a middle ear infection with a burst ear drum causing the sudden drainage. Since both of those need antibiotic treatment, you should go see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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If you have an ear infection, can you have swollen glands on the back of the head?

If you have an ear infection, can you have swollen glands on the back of the head?

Yes: Lymph glands in the posterior triangle of the neck, usually behind the ear drain infections usually from the external ear or ear canal. They are usually firm, not larger then 0.5-1.0 cm and can be tender. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause pain on head?

Yes: Ear infections can cause headaches, but they can also produce other complications. It is always best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How does someone get a head and ear infection?

How does someone get a head and ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections and sinus infections typically arise after someone catches a cold. The URI spreads and affects the persons ears and sinuses. Also may lead to pneumonia as well. Ear infections are not contagious, the cold that initiated the ear infection is contagious. ...Read more

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I thought I had had a ear infection because my head was hurting and pressure no ear infection so what could be happening?

I thought I had had a ear infection because my head was hurting and pressure no ear infection so what could be happening?

Could be sinus?: There are many causes of pressure and headaches. Some include tension, infection somewhere else, sinus problems etc... It would be a good idea to see your FP so they can work it up, find an etiology and take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Hi my son got head pain because ear infection?

Hi my son got head pain because ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections are notorious for being very painful, so yes, they could cause head pain. But if pain persists despite antibiotics, then bring him back for evaluation. Don't ignore possible mastoiditis, sinus infection, meningitis, etc as possible causes of head pain. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more