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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.

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