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Ear Pain

Alternate Names : Earache, Otalgia

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Ear pain is any pain that occurs in any part of the inner, middle, or outer ear. This pain can be by itself or associated with other symptoms.

What is going on in the body?

Ear pain can range from mild discomfort or a feeling of fullness to severe, intense pain. Often ear pain results from conditions of the outer or middle ear. Ear pain usually results from conditions that may be caused by infection, trauma, or blockage of the ear.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

There are many possible causes of ear pain, including:

  • trauma to the ear, including damage caused by use of cotton swabs
  • sudden changes in pressure, such as changes in altitude when flying
  • blockage of the ear canal from earwax or foreign object
  • otitis externa, or swimmer's ear
  • acute otitis media, or an infection of the inner ear
  • mastoiditis, which is a serious bacterial infection of the bone behind the ear
  • allergic reactions and allergies
  • ruptured eardrum
  • acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis
  • tooth abscess
  • sore throat with referred pain to the ears
  • Meniere's disease, which is a disorder of the inner ear
  • tumors of the ear, which may be cancerous or benign
  • temporomandibular joint syndrome


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    Ear Pain: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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