Otalgia is a general term for ear pain
More to Know
Earaches are a common pediatric complaint. Kids under 5 years old are particularly
at risk, especially following upper respiratory illnesses when ear infections often
A number of things can cause ear pain. Some of the most common include ear infections,
airplane pressure, a perforated eardrum, excess earwax,
and dental problems. The pain can be deep and aching or sharp and piercing. It also
can feel as if the ear is full or blocked.
People with earaches may also experience redness or swelling of the eardrum or
outer ear, leakage from the ear, difficulty hearing, ear popping, and fever. In infants
and toddlers, fussiness and pulling or rubbing the ears can be a sign of ear pain.
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen should help ease discomfort. Antibiotics or ear drops
also might be recommended depending on the cause and severity of the earache.
Keep in Mind
Earaches can be quite uncomfortable but are easily treated once a doctor determines
what's causing the pain.
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