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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 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 poor...  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 w...  Read Full »

I have ear pain and a runny nose. Are my eardrums perforated?

Query: Hello doctor, Are my eardrums perforated? Last weekend, I started with a runny nose, then woke up with ear pain on Saturday, and fluid started leaking out of my ear. I got a Z-pak on Saturday, and now both ears feel full, have pain, and clear fluid is leaking out. Kindly advise what to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the shown parts of both eardrums (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there are no apparent perforations. The second photo is for the left eardrum, as I think. I can see some dark coloration on the eardrum. Do you suffer from itching ...  Read Full »

I have ear pain and bleeding after outgrowth removal. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I started having ear bleeding after my doctor pulled what he thought was some outgrowth inside my ear canal. How do I know that he was not pulling my ear membrane? I was able to hear about 60 % before going to the doctor, and now I can hardly hear (only about 10 percent) on the left s...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Do not panic even if your eardrum is injured; the trauma of the ear membrane can heal spontaneously. You need a good endoscopic ear examination to see what happens in your external ear. You may need to perform a tympanomet...  Read Full »

My 15-year-old son playing tuba in the band has earache in both ears. What should he do?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 15 years old and plays tuba in the band. He has been playing for three years before this year. Four months ago, he got the first earache he has ever had on both sides. We took Ibuprofen, a decongestant, got antibiotic drops, and Prednisone. It worked, and since then, he has had ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Excessive continuous blowing through the tube can harm the middle ear. But the complaint that you are describing is related to the external ear. I can advise you to do some investigations such as tympanometry to assess the middle ear condition, ...  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 anat...  Read Full »

I have had an earache causing ringing, itchy sore, and muffled hearing. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had an earache for a few weeks with ringing, itchy, sore, and muffled hearing. Can someone explain what is happening with my ear drum? It is sore, and I keep getting throbbing pain on that side. Does it look like there is fluid or blood behind my ear drum? It is also itchy. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There is a dark shadow behind the drum at the bottom of the picture (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity). The diagnosis depends on your history. Did you receive any trauma, like a slap on your ear, face, or head? Is yo...  Read Full »

Can sloughing in ear be painful?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having issues with hearing, pain, pressure, and sensitivity to noise. Can slough in ear be painful? I am currently using Topamax, Allegra D, Baby Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, and Ibuprofen.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry, I need more details but I will comment on the pictures as clear as possible. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The first picture shows a lot of shaded superficial layers of the skin. This can be painful. This may be a dermatological disease like ...  Read Full »

I have tinnitus with ear pain after waking up. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Only when I wake up, I feel ear ache/pain, also pressure in my left ear, it only happens when I have been sleeping on the left ear. The ear ache/pain lingers for 5 minutes or so and fades away. It started 4 months ago, but seemed to go away for 1 month, but now I have had it again for...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a rare case which I saw few times. It is caused by warming the auricle while sleeping on it. Use Corticosteroidand antibiotic cream when needed. Do not apply water for your ear during the time of pain.  Read Full »

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