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Earache, Ambulatory Care

An earache may be caused by any of the following:

  • Infection of the inner or outer ear
  • Earwax buildup, or small objects put into your ear
  • Ear injury caused by a cotton swab or by air pressure changes from a plane ride or scuba diving
  • Other infections, such as tonsillitis or pharyngitis
  • Jaw or dental problems such as cavities or TMJ
  • Neck pain caused by problems such as arthritis in your upper spine

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain
  • Itching, hearing loss, or dizziness
  • Ringing or a feeling of fullness in your ears

Treatment for an earache

will depend on how severe it is. Pain medicine may help decrease your pain. Ask for more information about the medicines you are given and how to use them safely.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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