A to Z: Otalgia (Ear Pain)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about otalgia, more commonly known as ear pain or earache.otalgia, ear pain, earache, otitis, otitis media, otitis interna, otitis externa, mastoiditis, ear infections, dental problems, CD1Primary Care02/11/201304/10/201909/02/20192b8c30d7-8555-4105-b7ca-702745d6a875https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otalgia.html/<p>Otalgia is a general term for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a> pain or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earaches-sheet.html/">earache</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Earaches are a common pediatric complaint. Kids under 5 years old are particularly at risk, especially following upper respiratory illnesses when ear infections often occur.</p> <p>A number of things can cause ear pain. Some of the most common include ear infections, airplane pressure, a perforated eardrum, excess <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/">earwax</a>, 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.</p> <p><img title="otalgia illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/otalgia-415x233-rd2-enIL.png" alt="otalgia illustration" name="4625-OTALGIA_415X233_RD2_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Acetaminophen or ibuprofen should help ease discomfort. Antibiotics or ear drops also might be recommended depending on the cause and severity of the earache.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Earaches can be quite uncomfortable but are easily treated once a doctor determines what's causing&nbsp;the pain.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Eardrum, PerforatedA perforated (or ruptured) eardrum is a hole in the eardrum caused by injury or infection.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eardrum.html/0d898e27-dcf6-42d3-aba3-b05e8c5e8dae
A to Z: Impacted CerumenLearn more about imnpacted earwax build-up, which can cause temporary hearing loss and ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-impacted-cerumen.html/4c7dfdd9-0544-4830-81ec-94f7e9dbc7ad
A to Z: Otitis Media (Ear Infection)Learn more about otitis media, an infection of the middle ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otitis-media.html/e1a265ed-3725-402f-993b-434c447e18ae
Dealing With EarwaxEarwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/951981fb-6281-41be-8563-200c9d3d6c87
Ear InjuriesEar injuries not only can affect a child's hearing, but sense of balance too. That's because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
Eardrum InjuriesA "popped" eardrum is more than just painful - it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/e40e1551-dc7a-461d-b6ef-94c5c366a477
First Aid: EarachesAn earache requires a visit to the doctor's office. Here's what to do if your child complains of ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earaches-sheet.html/c807a9b3-43a8-4e9c-b132-9c8d95d121a7
Flying and Your Child's EarsThat weird ear-popping sensation is a normal part of air travel. Here's how to help equalize the air pressure in your child's ears to prevent or decrease ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flying-ears.html/c0dec4ea-ae46-44a8-adc4-e448e50617b6
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/da79a667-8579-45a4-bb16-268bfd4c4005
What Is an Ear Infection?A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c