All You Need to Know About Earache

Earache is a common symptom, especially in children, but also in adults. The pain can be caused by a wide variety of illnesses. This can be alarming and very debilitating, but it is generally not serious and can improve in a few days without treatment.

Description of earache
Earache (also called earache) is pain that can be felt in both ears at the same time or, most often, only in one ear. This pain can be constant or irregular and vary over time. Earache is more common in children than in adults, as they are more prone to ear infections, or ear infections.

In infants and young children, it can be difficult to spot an ear condition, even if it is the cause of pain. Certain signs can put you on the track:

An increase in cries and tears and difficulties in consoling them; disturbed sleep and generally decreased sleep; loss of appetite, which can be accompanied by weight loss; fever acough, runny nose, or other sign of a cold or infection inattention which may indicate hearing loss; or a loss of balance. Causes of earache
There are many diseases that can cause ear pain. Some of them directly affect the ears, while others affect areas close to the ears, such as teeth, jaw or nose.

The most common causes of earache are:

Different ear canal infections (ear infections) with or without complications, such as eardrum perforation or accumulation of fluid in the ear; damage to the ear canal following changes in pressure, such as when diving or staying at high altitude; wax plugs or anything stuck in the ear; throat infections (including tonsillitis); sinus infections; a cold ; jaw pain or arthritis; or a tooth abscess or other dental pain, such as wisdom tooth problems.
Evolution and possible complications of earache One of the most common complications of earache is rupture of the eardrum. It can be revealed by a sudden and unexpected cessation of pain.

Treatment and prevention: what solutions?
The origins of ear pain can be very diverse and do not always require medical treatment.

There are ear drops that are available without a prescription and that can help lessen the sensation of pain, but do not treat the cause. Painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also provide temporary relief. It is also possible to apply a compress or a cold cloth to the ear for about 20 minutes to relieve the pain. If it persists, it is however recommended to consult a doctor who can prescribe antibiotics in case of bacterial infection.

If the pain is caused by a change in altitude, such as when traveling on an airplane, chewing gum or swallowing can lower the pressure in the ear and reduce the pain. One can thus, simply swallow their saliva or drink (make infants drink with a bottle or breastfeed them).

Certain simple actions can also help prevent ear problems, especially in children:

avoid smoking near children, passive smoking being a major cause of ear infections in children; avoid inserting objects into the ear, such as a cotton swab for example; rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry the ears after bathing or swimming to prevent infection or the accumulation of soap and shampoo residue;
avoid contact with allergens as much as possible. Remember to consult a doctor in case of: high fever or persistent fever; fluid leaking from the ear;
sudden and unexpected cessation of pain, as this may indicate a ruptured eardrum.

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Earache is a common symptom, especially in children, but also in adults.

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