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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 sore throat, tonsilitis, and ear infection. What is the reason for my ear drum perforation?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of sore throat and tonsil inflammation, irritation, occasional sneezing, and tiredness for the past two days. I do not have fever. My cousin who is a general physician suggested tablet Azithromycin 500mg for three days but missed the third day dose, so I took it on the...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sore throat can cause ear problems and infection due to an opening between the back of nose and throat called eustachian tube. Sore throat increases bacterial infection from nose and throat and results in ear infection. Continue your medications for three days continuousl...  Read Full »

Why do I have ear pain and inflamed tonsil?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain in my right ear. The pain feels above and below my ear area. It subsides when I grind my teeth but in general, I keep having a light pain and the ear feels like it is closed. I do not have any infection or anything. The only thing at present is I have a slightly inflamed tonsi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The pain could be referred pain from tonsils or TM (temporomandibular) joint pain or some proper earache. Since you are saying you do not have any infection, I am inclined to diagnose it as referred pain from tonsils. Tonsils and ear have the same nerves supplying them...  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 »

How to treat ear pain and itching?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an ear itching and some dull pain, especially at night and in the morning, for the past six months. I had an ear wax removed three weeks ago, but the problem is still the same.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you have diabetes or any chronic medical condition? Most likely, your problem is due to eustachian tube dysfunction or middle ear pressure difference. We need to do some tests to ascertain the same and institute the right medicines.  Read Full »

I suffer ear infection with fluid accumulation resulting in hearing problem. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had an ear infection about two weeks ago and just finished the antibiotic. In the past two weeks, I have had a fluid stuck in my middle ear with no relief. There is a lot of uncomfortable pressure in my ear and my hearing is completely blocked on that side. I believe my eustachian ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the photos. (attachment removed to protect the patient identity). It appears that after the ear infection there is some fluid accumulation inside the middle ear. We call it otitis media with effusion. This is quite common after an ear infection and usually ...  Read Full »

I have had ear pain post-cleaning ear wax. What is to be done?

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 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 and ...  Read Full »

I am a 30-year-old individual experiencing right-sided ear pain along with ringing in the ears for the last five days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 30-year-old individual experiencing right-sided ear pain for the last five days. I also experience a ringing sound in my right ear for the past five months. An ENT specialist cleaned my ear wax four times, but after the cleaning, I developed right ear pain. The doctor prescribed ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Earache can have multiple reasons, including issues related to the ear itself, or can be due to issues in the neck, teeth, mouth, throat, tonsils, or nasal cavity. This is because the nerves that supply the ear also supply these organs. The doctor has prescribed you a...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old guy, and I have been suffering from a left ear problem. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old guy, and it has been quite some time since I had a left ear problem. I noticed in certain situations I have a sharp pain in my left ear, especially when a group of people laughs simultaneously. I have not been exposed to any loud music recently. Please help. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. 1. Does the sharp pain stop on its own? 2. Do you have to take medicines? 3. Do you have any hearing problems? 4. Is there any ear discharge? 5. Is there any ringing noise inside the ear? 6. Is there giddiness or loss of balance? When someone...  Read Full »

I have a fever, cough with sputum, and pain in my left ear. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a fever and cough with sputum. My left ear seems to be low on hearing. I also have pain in my left ear and hear a constant noise inside. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears like you are having a throat infection that gradually spreads into the ear. You need a course of antibiotics, decongestants, and nasal sprays. I am suggesting some medicines. Consult your specialist doctor, talk with them, and take medications with their con...  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 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 taken ...  Read Full »

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