Skip to Content

Symptom Checker

Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Earache in Adults

Pain in the ear from nerve irritation can be caused by a viral infection, such as herpes simplex or herpes zoster (shingles). These herpes viruses are not the sexually transmitted herpes viruses.

If you get a rash on your scalp or face that looks like little water blisters, a herpes infection in the nerve is the probable cause of ear pain.

Do you have a rash on your scalp or face?

Yes, I have a rash.

No, I do not have a rash.

Disclaimer: This content should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a call or visit to a health professional. Use of this content is subject to specific Terms of Use & Medical Disclaimers.

Hide