The most common cause of earache is blockage of the eustachian tube, the narrow tube that leads from your middle ear to the back of your throat. Pressure and fluid build up in the middle ear, causing pain.
Earaches can have a number of causes:
Depending on the cause , an earache might be accompanied by some of these symptoms:
An earache caused by a cold or virus often clears up by itself in a few days. If pain or discomfort persists for longer than 48 hours, or is acute, see a doctor. We can help at at Urgent Family Care in Sevierville or Knoxville, TN.
Try the following to relieve earache pain:
Small children are susceptible to earache because their eustachian tubes are so tiny. See a doctor if an infant under 2 years old:
See a doctor immediately if an earache is accompanied by high fever, a stiff neck, or visible swelling behind the ear.
Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation of the outer ear canal. It is caused by a foreign object or substance interfering with the natural coating of the ear canal. The ear canal looks red and swollen, and the ear feels tender when it is pulled up and back. It is most common in teens and young adults. The inflammation can be caused by:
See a doctor to treat swimmer’s ear and prevent future occurrences.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. It is information that is generally available. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.