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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Earache. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: may assist in diagnosis e.g. in ear, behind ear, below ear.
Why: e.g. sore throat, runny nose, sinusitis - may suggest acute otitis media or myringitis bullosa (occurs with influenza, Haemophilus influenza and mycoplasma pneumoniae infections).
Why: may suggest otitis externa.
Why: may suggest otitis externa.
Why: e.g. ear bud - may suggest foreign body and resultant otitis externa infection.
Why: suggests infected ear lobe. Often due to contact allergy to nickel or chromium in an ear ring.
Why: may suggest barotrauma to ear drum and may present with ear pain, deafness, dizziness, ringing in the ears and sometimes a discharge.
Why: e.g. allergic skin conditions such as eczema may predispose to otitis externa; medical conditions that may increase risk of recurrent middle ear infections include selective IgA deficiency, common variable immunodeficiency, X-linked agammaglobulinaemia, recurrent adenoiditis, Wegener's granulomatosis, HIV infection and obstructive sleep apnea; diabetes predisposes to furunculosis.
Why: Acute ear discharge suggests acute otitis media (middle ear infection) with a rupture of the ear drum, otitis externa (outer ear infection) or myringitis bullosa. A chronic ear discharge may suggest cholesteatoma, chronic otitis media or mastoiditis.
Why: A mucopurulent discharge (mucous to pus-like) suggests chronic otitis media and mastoiditis. A offensive discharge with whitish debris suggests cholesteatoma. A bloody discharge may suggest myringitis bullosa.
Why: suggests otitis media, mastoiditis, tonsillitis, sinusitis or tooth abscess.
Why: may suggest acute otitis media, chronic otitis media, otitis externa, foreign body, mastoiditis, cholesteatoma, eustachian tube catarrh and barotrauma.
Why: e.g. deep-seated ear pain, deafness , fever, a discharge may follow if the tympanic membrane ruptures which results in relief of pain and fever.
Why: e.g. itching at first, pain which may be aggravated by moving the ear of even the jaw, fullness feeling in the ear canal, mild discharge, hearing loss.
Why: e.g. pain, swelling and tenderness developing behind the ear associated with general deterioration in well-being and mucous to pus-like ear discharge.
Why: e.g. unilateral facial muscle weakness, pain behind the ear and sometimes deafness.
Why: e.g. pain over the jaw joint which may radiate to the ear, down the angle of the jaw, towards the cheek and even the neck; limitation of jaw movements , especially on opening the mouth; crackling and creaking in jaw joint with movement.
Why: disorders of the upper cervical spine, especially C2 and C3 levels may refer pain to the back area of the ear.
Why: may suggest throat disorders that may refer pain to the ear e.g. tonsillitis, pharyngitis.
Why: may suggest dental conditions that may refer pain to the ear e.g. tooth abscess, recent dental work, dental disorders, impacted 3rd molars.
Why: may suggest certain conditions that may refer pain to the ear e.g. sinusitis, trigeminal neuralgia.
The following list of conditions have 'Earache' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Earache'
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