- Earache or ear pain may be due to infections and inflammation of the external, middle or inner ear as well as from structures that are located adjacent to the ear itself.
- Earaches are a common symptom and may be due to a variety of illnesses.
- Causes of earaches include Swimmer’s ear, middle ear infections, TMJ, infections, bullous myringitis, sunburn, dermatitis, and trauma.
More information about ear aches
Aside from pain symptoms of an earache depends upon the underlying cause
Outer ear (helix, auricle) inflammation include:
- Auricle trauma causes a well-defined hematoma or clot in the outer ear
Signs and symptoms associated with an earache depend upon the cause, but may include:
- Redness and swelling around the outer ear
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain
- Sore throat
- Ringing in the ears
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Myringitis symptoms include:
- Decreased hearing
- Ear fullness
- Drainage that may be bloody
Other symptoms associated with other causes of earache:
- When ear pain occurs because of an illness or injury from a structure adjacent to the ear, the specific symptoms will be related to that structure. For example, TMJ inflammation may lead to earache, but most often is associated with pain when opening the mouth or with chewing. Dental issues may cause ear pain, but most likely involve tooth or gum pain.
Source: Medicine Health
Ear disease information