Earache

Earaches usually occur in children, but they can occur in adults as well. An earache may affect one or both ears, but the majority of the time it is in one ear. It may be constant or come and go, and the pain may be dull, sharp, or burning. Young children who have ear infections tend to be fussy and irritable. 

Symptoms:

  • Babies appearing hot and irritable
  • Children pulling, tugging, or rubbing an ear
  • A high temperature, over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
  • Poor feeding in babies, or loss of appetite in children
  • Sleep problems and restlessness at night
  • Coughing and runny nose
  • Not hearing as well as normal
  • Balance problems
  • Headache
  • Fluid drainage from air

Causes:

Causes of ear pain may include:

  • Arthritis of the jaw
  • Short-term ear infection
  • Long-term ear infection
  • Ear injury from pressure changes (from high altitudes and other causes)
  • Object stuck in the ear or buildup of ear wax
  • Hole in the eardrum
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Tooth infection
  • Ear canal irritation from cotton-tipped swabs
  • Soap or shampoo staying in the ear