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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 gave Maxtra and Otek-AC ear drop for my 4.5-year-old kid. Is it safe?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is 4.5-year-old and complained of severe ear pain at 12 AM. I gave her Maxtra as she has a cold and cough and Otek Ac neo 5 ml drops in the ear. She felt relief and slept after that. Is it safe to use this medicine, and how long will the effect last? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can use the drops as 3 to 5 per ear on a need-based basis. It will not be harmful. However, considering the amount you require, I would suggest getting the child evaluated physically by a pediatric ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist to check for a foreign body o...  Read Full »

My daughter experiences numbness and pain in her ear. Why?

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 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 »

I have pain in my ear lobes when I put ear drops. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I think I have a swimmer's ear. I have been swimming in the pool a lot, and am going for five days of swimming. I brought cotton swimmer's ear alcohol drops and ear plugs. But when I put the ear drops, it hurt when touched on the outside. When I wiggled my earlobe, it felt like fire for ab...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta

Answer: Hi, I appreciate you signing up on You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinions. You seem to have encountered an ear infection that could be serious if left untreated without antibiotics. I recommend a course of Augmentin 625 (Amoxicillin 500 mg and Clavulanic acid 125 m...  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 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 insid...  Read Full »

What should I do if my ear pain is getting worse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male, and my height is 5'11", and my weight is 196 pounds. I have terrible ear pain and deafness. I am currently Sertraline. My ear pain has been getting worse over the past four days. What should I do? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of a middle ear infection. There is the possibility of wax in the ear canal. Answer me the following questions Is there any discharge from the ear? Do you have a cold or nasal block? Until you consult an ENT (ear-nose-throat) for this iss...  Read Full »

I experience watery discharge with pain in the ears. Is this dangerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to ask about my situation. Last night I decided to clean my ears using cotton buds, after hours I felt like my left ear did not function as how my right ear does. It has the same feeling when you got out of the water from the swimming pool as if there is a stucked water i...  Read Full »

Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your situation. Your symptoms are suggestive of an acute ear infection. Nothing to worry. Since you say your ear is discharging, follow these suggestions. 1. Visit an ENT doctor near you so that your ear can be visualized endoscopically and treated accordi...  Read Full »

What can cause constant headache from 20 days?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20 year old female. I have a severe pulsating headache from the past 20 days, dizziness and nausea when exposed to sunlight or bright light, sensitive to harsh sounds, eye pain, and mild ear pain.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Is it half-sided? If yes, it is likely a migraine headache. How frequent is this? If this is too frequent then I suggest starting some medicine on a day to day basis for prevention. Have you tried Paracetamol 650 mg for pain relief? If this is giving relief then yo...  Read Full »

I ruptured my ear drum a few years ago. Why does it hurt now?

Query: Hello doctor, Seven years ago, I ruptured my right eardrum. I recently went to my doctor because I lost some of my hearing, and I have been having pains in my right ear. My doctor told me that the ear drum healed but there is a lot of scarring on it. Why is my eardrum hurting if it is improved?  Read Full »

Dr. Surabhi Chopra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1) A ruptured eardrum, if not infected, is not a serious condition as it will usually heal by itself within 6 to 8 weeks. It is a skin-like structure, and it heals like a skin that is cut heals. In your case, you had a perforation in the eardrum seven years back, and...  Read Full »

Why am I having lump sensation in throat, ear pain, and post nasal drip?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, 28 years old. I am not overweight. I had no surgeries before and no incidence of reflux, but I have sinusitis and am a heavy smoker (20 cigarettes per day). I have been smoking for around ten years. The symptoms three months ago were a sudden lump sensation in the throat. Th...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from postnasal drip and its complications. The treatment taken by you is not of post nasal drip. So, you have not gotten any relief. I advise you to start on Tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg once a day, Fluticasone nasal spray and Tablet Pantoprazole combin...  Read Full »

I suffer from unbearable ear pain after using an ear scoop. How to reduce pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 18 years old. Last night I used an ear scoop and scratched the inside of my ear too hard. I saw a little blood. It was a little sore, but now 24 hours later there is an unbearable pain in that ear. I could not sleep. I cannot access to the hospital until late tomorrow. Can I do anythi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not put anything inside the ear including ear drops and water should not go in while bathing. Next, do you have Paracetamol at home? It is otherwise known as Acetaminophen and Tylenol. You may take that according to your weight. Say your weight is 50 kg then you may ta...  Read Full »

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