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Earache: Introduction

Aching or pain in the ear is called otalgia (see also detailed disease information for earache). Ear pain is usually caused by an infection of the ear area, including outer ear infections, mastoiditis, or middle ear infections. However, pain in the ear can also arise from infections or conditions in nearby regions that affect the ear nerves. This is called "referred pain" and may arise from dental conditions, jaw disorders, or afflictions of the upper digestive tract and throat area. There are a variety of possible causes of ear pain and any ear pain symptoms needs prompt professional medical advice....more »

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Causes of Earache:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Earache. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Earache

Home medical tests possibly related to Earache:

Causes of Types of Earache:

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Earache: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Earache, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Earache Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Earache may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Earache

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Earache may include:

Stories from Users for Earache

Real-life user stories relating to Earache:

Message Boards for Earache

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Earache or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Earache:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Earache. Some of these are listed below :

  • General observation
    • Observe the person's general state and behavior e.g. sudden, jabbing pain may indicate trigeminal neuralgia or glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Physical examination
    • Manipulate the pinna to establish if this aggravates the pain - would suggest otitis externa, foreign body, impacted wax, furunculosis, ear lobe infection or perichondritis.
    • Examine the skin of the pinna for pathology such as skin tumor
    • Examine for enlargement of the local lymph nodes
    • Examine the nature of the ear discharge - if present.
  • more tests...»

Earache: Animations

Medications or substances causing Earache:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Earache as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Earache: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Earache may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Earache

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Earache:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

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.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Earache: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Earache

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Earache: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Earache: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Earache listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Earache as a symptom include:

Definitions of Earache:

Earache; a pain localized in the middle or inner ear.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

An ache localized in the middle or inner ear
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Organs affected by Earache:

The list of organs typically affected by Earache may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Earache

The list below shows some of the causes of Earache mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Earache?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Earache. Of the 162 causes of Earache that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 6 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 9 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 149 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Earache:

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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  • Earache ... pain when the ears are touched, earache, ear pain when chewing, ear pain when blowing nose, ear pain when swallowing
  • Eustachian tube disorders ... Ear ache










Conditions listing medical complications: Earache:

The following list of medical conditions have Earache or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. 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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Causes of Earache Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Earache based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Earache?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Earache, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Earache:

    Otalgia, Ear pain
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Earache:

    Medical Conditions associated with Earache:

    Pain (6458 causes), Ear symptoms (1999 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Pain symptoms (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

    Symptoms related to Earache:

    Ear pain (66 causes), Ear discharge (28 causes), Ear symptoms (1999 causes), Abscess (44 causes), Cellulitis (28 causes), Ear trauma, Ear tumor, Fluid behind the ear, Middle ear infection (29 causes), Outer ear infection, Recurrent middle ear infection

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