Ear Pain

Though common in children, ear pain can also occur in adults, which involves one or both sides. It is marked by a dull, burning, or sharp pain, and in infants, ear pain causes them to be fastidious and grumpy. It can also present with hearing difficulty, fluid drainage, fever, difficulty in sleeping, etc. Outer, middle, and inner ear infection, wax build-up, strep throat, sinusitis, temporomandibular disorder, perforated eardrum, impacted tooth, tooth infections, water trapped in the ear are some of the causes for ear pain.

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I had burning ear pain, hyperacusis, and tinnitus after a loud noise exposure. Is it a secondary ear infection causing these symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor,After loud noise exposure, I have had burning ear pain, hyperacusis, and tinnitus. I wonder if I also have a secondary issue or infection that could be causing these symptoms. I want someone to interpret the otoscopy. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. After loud noise exposure, ear pain, tinnitus, and hyperacusis can signal sensorineural hearing loss. Or there may be some pathology in the tympanic membrane or middle ear. Upload the pictures of the otoscopy, and ...  Read Full »

I have a small white and a grey bump in the ear canal. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, I have a white bump in the ear canal, one small white bump, and one grey. Please see the video in the link.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Let us talk about the first one, which is at the canal wall and large. If it is painful or tender to touch, it would be a simple localized inflammation, in other words, a small abscess. If it is painless and not tender, it would be a normal a...  Read Full »

Why do I experience vertigo, nausea, lightheadedness, and earache when I lie on the bed or move my head?

Query: Hello doctor, I experience vertigo when I am in bed. I have pain in my ear. I also have nausea and lightheadedness. This condition is only there when I move my head. Why is this happening? What is the possible treatment for my problem? This happened to me thrice in the past four years.  Read Full »


Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of inner ear problems. How long does this vertigo last each time when you turn your head? Is there any blurring of vision? Your symptoms could be due to a problem with balancing organs inside your inner ear. This condition is called BPPV ...  Read Full »

I have had ear pain from an injury while cleaning ear wax; none of the eardrops I took relieved my pain. Will taking Amoxicillin help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having stinging ear pain, most likely caused due to an injury while cleaning ear wax. As a result the doctor first prescribed ear drops and pain killers which did not work. I have resorted to amoxicillin which I have taken after lunch today. Should I wait for the results to se...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. What dose of Amoxicillin are you taking? If you are taking the right dose at the right time as per your weight, then it is fine. But otherwise, under-dosage or over-dosage can do more harm than good. Which ear drops are you using? You should use only antibiotic drops...  Read Full »

I cannot normally open my mouth after wisdom tooth removal and have earache. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My lower right wisdom tooth was removed ten days back. I got my stitches removed three days back. But, I cannot normally open my mouth like before, and sometimes I suffer from earache. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Wisdom tooth extraction often leads to difficulty opening the mouth for quite some time. You need to wait for at least two more weeks for complete healing. To improve the mouth opening, you can start with warm saline gargles at least five to six times a day for a wee...  Read Full »

I have had sharp ear pain and deteriorating hearing for the past few months, worsening daily. Is it an ear infection or hearing loss?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been getting sharp ear pains for the past couple of months. When I was in school or around a lot of talking, I could not keep up with conversations with a lot of background noise. Everything has sounded like a broken speaker for the past few months. Every little sound causes extr...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your hearing problem is associated with tinnitus. The pinching pain in the ear, along with discomfort with loud sounds, indicates a couple of things; therefore, the following investigations are a must for you: 1. Pure tone audiometry. 2. ...  Read Full »

What is causing recurrent pain behind my ear lobes?

Query: Hello doctor, For almost a week now I have had recurring random pain just behind both of my ear lobes. It has been almost three weeks since I stopped Lyrica, Pregabalin completely for back pain. For the last week I have been experiencing something different which can be best described as random pre...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pain may be due to mastoiditis seen in chronic allergy or middle ear infection or eustachian tube block patients. Get it done CT brain or X-ray of the mastoid. Avoid cool drinks and freeze water. Use water vapor inhalation and salt water gargling thrice a day for fiv...  Read Full »

My 12-year-old daughter feels like she is going deaf, and has numbness in the ear with on-and-off pain. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My 12-year-old daughter feels like she is going deaf. She has numbness in the ear and on-and-off pain. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Firstly, I would like to give you an overview of your daughter's condition. Since you mentioned that she has taken Claritin, I assume she has a history of allergic rhinitis. Other than causing paroxysmal sneezing, blo...  Read Full »

What does an infected spider bite look like?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a swollen and hard bump on the inside of my ear a few days ago. Yesterday, I noticed it was now soft and squishy almost like a pimple. But today, I touched it and it popped and began to bleed along with some pus. I was not too worried until I took a photo and saw two large h...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could very well be an infected spider bite. It could also be an infected follicle. Anyway, apply some antibiotic cream over it (Bacitracin or Fusiderm or Povidone iodine). Apply twice daily and clean the wound with warm water while bathing. Do not insert anything ins...  Read Full »

I am worried that my localized pain in the larynx and ear is due to cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat on one side close to my larynx, the right-hand side. It is very localized, only in a very small place. It hurts while swallowing. I also have ear pain at times. It developed after a short respiratory illness, but it has been for over three weeks. I am very worried ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unilateral throat pain after recovery from an upper respiratory tract infection that is moderate to severe and with associated referred ear pain is likely due to aphthous ulcers of the tonsil, area around the tonsil, or deeper part of the tongue. Most of them are sel...  Read Full »

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