Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Earache in Adults
People often make an immediate association between earache and ear infection. However, discomfort in and around the ear can be caused by many different problems. This guide will cover the more common reasons for an ear ache.
Since an ear infection is such a common reason for ear pain, let's consider this possibility first.
Most ear infections occur inside the ear. Usually there is no sign of infection on the outside. Redness, pain and swelling on the outside of the ear indicate a different type of infection.
Do you see any redness or swelling on the outside part of the ear?