Ear Pain / Earaches are a very common medical symptom. In adults, ear pain / earaches are not as likely to be from an infection in the ear as with children. For both adults and children, pain may also be coming from the jaw, teeth or another place altogether. Ear pain / earaches may be associated with a cold or in children, from an infection in the ear. Ear pain / earaches may come and go or be constant. It may affect one ear or both and can be very painful.
Symptoms of Ear Pain / Earaches
- Sharp or dull ear pain / earache
- Burning sensation
- Drainage from ear
- For Children, loss of appetite and or poor sleep
- Difficulty hearing
- For babies, the may be irritable and appear hot
- For Children, you may notice them pulling or rubbing their ear
- Coughing and a runny nose
Causes of Ear Pain / Earaches
- A buildup of fluid deep inside the eardrum, more apparent in children than adults
- An infection develops in the ear canal just outside the eardrum
- A hair follicle may get infected in the ear canal or the development of a boil
- The ear canal may develop eczema
- Jaw pain my affect or contribute to ear pain / earaches.
- Facial nerve pain known as Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Blockages of the ear canal from ear wax, objects poked inside the ear such as sharp object or cotton swabs
- Tonsillitis, colds and throat infections contribute to ear pain / earaches
- Dental pain from wisdom teeth, assesses of the mouth and toothaches contribute to ear pain / earaches
- Altitude changes or changes in pressure
- Ear wax build up
Risk Factors of Ear Pain / Earaches
- Inserting objects in the ear
- Swimming or bathing water left in ear
- Altitude changes
- Allergies or Hay fever
- Sinus Infection
Complications of Ear Pain / Earaches
- Temporary hearing loss
- Hole in eardrum
Prevention of Ear Pain / Earaches
- Avoid placing objects in the ear
- Dry ears with cloth to remove excess water after swimming or bathing
- Avoid allergens
- Avoid smoking around children as it is a major contributor to ear infections
- Chew gum when you are in higher elevations to relieve pressure in the ears
Things to do at home for Ear Pain / Earaches
- A cold pack or cold wash cloth applied to the outer ear for about 20 minutes will help to reduce ear pain / earaches
- Avoid getting ear wet
We use the following approaches to relieve Ear Pain / Earaches:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen the muscles, stabilize and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with ear pain / earaches. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected area.