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Painful sensation in the ear region

Symptoms of Earache

The following features are indicative of Earache:
  • impacted teeth
  • inflamed tonsils
  • infections in the nose and pharynx
  • migraine

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Common Causes of Earache

The following are the most common causes of Earache:
  • otitis media
  • cold
  • cough
  • conjunctivitis

Risk Factors for Earache

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Earache:
  • age between 6 months to 2 years
  • infant feeding
  • seasonal factors
  • poor air quality

Prevention of Earache

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Earache. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wash hands frequently and thoroughly
  • avoid secondhand smoke
  • proper breast-feeding of baby

Occurrence of Earache

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Earache cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very rare between 1K - 10K cases

Common Age Group

Earache most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 6-15 months

Common Gender

Earache can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Earache

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Earache:
  • Tympanometry: To measure the movement of the eardrum
  • Acoustic reflectometry: To measure fluids in the middle ear
  • Tympanocentesis: To determine an infectious agent in the fluid

Doctor for Diagnosis of Earache

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Earache:
  • Otolaryngologist

Complications of Earache if untreated

Yes, Earache causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Earache is left untreated:
  • impaired hearing
  • speech or developmental delays
  • tearing of the eardrum

Procedures for Treatment of Earache

The following procedures are used to treat Earache:
  • Myringotomy: To suction fluids out of the middle ear

Self-care for Earache

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Earache:
  • Wash hands frequently: To prevent the spread of germs
  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke: To prevent conditions of ear infection

Time for Treatment of Earache

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Earache to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • within 3-6 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Earache.
Otitis Media with Effusion

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