Why do my ears crackle? Is this an ear infection?

Unplug your ear. You are describing what is likely eustachian tube dysfunction or inner ear congestion. While not serious, it can be annoying & can last hrs to days. There can also be a sense or fullness and at times slight balance problems. Treatment can oral decongestants, steroid nasal sprays or intentional deep yawning, chewing gum, or holding your nose as you blow your cheeks out with your mouth closed.

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Any reasons why my ears crackle with an ear infection?

Fluid in your ear. Many ear infections have fluid behind the eardrum, which is infected. Sometimes that fluid causes a crackling sensation. Also, if you are putting any ear drops in your ear for pain or a swimmer's ear, that may cause crackling sounds. Read more...

What to do if I have ear infection and ringing in my ears?

See your doctor. Doctors can help by providing adequate treatment, usually antibiotics if there is an infection. If it's multiple infections you might get referral for ENT specialist. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are adequate OTCs for pain control. If not feeling better, see doc to get stronger pain controlling medications and further treatment. As infection improves, ringing should decrease. Read more...

My ears are hurting does that mean I have an ear infection.

It might. The common cause of ear pain is a stretch on the ear drum.This occurs as you land from an airplane trip when the air pressure changes.It can occur if the drum has infection in the tissue (myringitis) or there is pressure from an expanding infection in the middle ear.The eardrum also shares a nerve with the jaw, so some tooth problems could cause ear pain. To know for sure it must be evaluated. Read more...

I think I may have an ear infection. Can anybody recommend something to soothe my ears?

Heat+ ibuprofen. Often kids have some releaf if they put their hurt ear down on a heating pad or compress at a low heat level. The diffuse heat messages going to the brain seem to deminish the ear pain some.If over 6mo i prefer ibuprophen for the discomfort. Read more...

Both my ears hurt along with the back of my head. Could this be a ear infection?

Ear Pain. Not all ear pain means infection. However, the only way to know is to have an examination by your doctor. A look at your ear canals and tympanic membranes could confirm or deny the presence of infection in your ears. Read more...

I have ear infection now I'm taking a medicin but my ears is still like have water blocking in may ears. Is this normal?

Yes. With a middle ear infection, there is pus and fluid in the middle ear cavity. The antibiotics fight the infection, and reduce swelling, but it can take several weeks for all the fluid to clear. Antihistamines have not been found to be helpful, but sometimes decongestants may help. The fluid is pretty annoying, but if pain persists, please report to your doctor. Read more...