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 have extreme left ear pain, and my ear is red and hot. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have extreme pain in my left ear, and it feels as if the ear is going to explode. Now I feel fullness in my right ear also. I can barely hear anything, and the pain is getting worse. I have the following symptoms, Extreme ear pain. Unable to sleep. Very difficult to move my face. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Saadia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com Your condition sounds like an ear abscess or infection causing extreme pressure and pain. I would suggest seeing a doctor in the emergency room or urgent care as you would need antibiotics accordingly. Meanwhile, I would suggest tablet Ibuprofen 600 mg thrice a day. But...  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 self...  Read Full »

Suggest some solutions for my ear pain and ear infection.

Query: Hi doctor, I require medication for my ear pain and ear infections, and I want to treat them quickly. However, pharmacies need a doctor's prescription so that I can have appropriate medicine. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Unless and until there has been obvious continuous discharge from the ear, infection is unlikely. However, if you feel that it is inflamed and there is an infection, I suggest you start on the following medications: 1. Tablet Ciplox 500 mg (Cipr...  Read Full »

What are the causes of a swollen ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I am an 18-year-old female who is 5'4" tall. I am experiencing a swollen ear that hurts a lot. The pain is extreme when I try to pop it or apply Hydrogen Peroxide solution. I have had the same issue previously, for which I did not take any medication. I am concerned if it is a swimmer's ea...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and can understand your concern. I suspect you have otitis externa, an infection of the ear canal commonly called the swimmer's ear. The ear is a sensitive organ, so please do not apply Hydrogen Peroxide, as it might affect your hearing. I su...  Read Full »

Why did my ear pain and itching not improve after getting it cleaned by an ENT?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pain and itching in my left ear for over six months now. I got my ears cleaned by an ENT doctor also, but it did not help. I visited the doctor again and he said that I do not have an infection.What kind of medication can you prescribe me and what is the reason for this?Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I want to tell you that sometimes the itching and pain can be due to a nerve root involvement. Nerve pain can cause all these symptoms apart from infection.Since the doctor has already ruled out the infection, I would like to treat you for the nerve pain.I would advise y...  Read Full »

Why do I have a ringing sound in my ear and head with a swollen ear after firing a gun ten times?

Query: Hello doctor, I shot off my brother's gun ten times with rapid successions without ear protection. I have been having a ringing sound in my head and left ear for a week now. Initially, I experienced a lot of ringing sounds and a swollen ear. The ringing sound weared off over the next two days but i...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Exposure to any loud sound causes some temporary threshold shift as far as hearing is concerned and might be associated with tinnitus. It usually takes around three to four days for this ringing sound to disappear, or it might take even a week in some cases. There is...  Read Full »

I am suffering from pain in my left ear after getting hurt. Is it a serious concern?

Query: Hello doctor,I was slapped on the left part of my face, and now my ears hurt. It feels clogged and painful, and I hear unusual sounds as well.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.There is a high possibility that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum. It is a prevalent thing to happen, and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear. You will have sym...  Read Full »

Can a blow or hit to the ear cause labyrinthitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am sorry to confess that I ended up hitting an old friend in the ear instead of the head amid a fistfight. It was not a bloody fight or anything, but he said he could not hear properly for a couple of minutes afterward. He had labyrinthitis a few weeks later, and I wonder if that could ...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing me regarding the problem in concern. Some amount of hearing loss and tinnitus is expected if there has been trauma to the eardrum. There could have been a rupture of the eardrum due to the impact of the injury. However, such perforations involving t...  Read Full »

I have ear pain, head pain, clogged nose and itchy throat. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have episodes of bad sinuses every year. Last year, I had hay fever with an extreme blocked nose. I went to my GP, and he gave me sinus injection. I got better after treating it. The doctor prescribed Allerway 5, and Spersallerg eye drops for me. This year, my condition seems to be poo...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from an acute attack of bacterial infection along with allergic rhinitis. You can take the following medications. Use Avamyse nasal spray (Fluticasone furoate nasal spray) once daily for a month. Take Claritin (Loratadine) tablet once daily during the ...  Read Full »

My daughter is diagnosed with middle ear infection. How to clear it up?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 17 years old. She had a cold for about four days when she started complaining of bad ear pain. She was seen in urgent care a week ago and was diagnosed with a middle ear infection. The APRN noted her ear was pretty angry and prescribed Amoxicillin 500 mg. She is suppo...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Complete the course of antibiotics. Take Mucinex D (Guaifenesin) once or twice a day, like how you have been taking for another three to four days. If Mucinex D has an antiallergic component then no need for Claritin or Allegra. Otherwise, add either of those to be take...  Read Full »

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