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Ear Infections - Common Complications You Need To Be Aware Of!

MS - ENT, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Ear Infections - Common Complications You Need To Be Aware Of!

Our ears are small in size, but ‘big’ in the work they do. Not only do they help us hear, but also help us maintain our body’s balance. They thus help us stand, walk, drive…you just name it.

Ears are also much bigger in size than they actually are. The part of the ear that we see on our head is only the external ear, there is a middle ear and an inner ear too, silently carrying out complex functions related to hearing and balance. The middle ear that lies behind your ear drum is the seat of balance. And this part is hit hard at the time of an ear infection.

Ear infections cause the Eustachian tubes – small tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of your throat – to become swollen and blocked due to excess mucus. As a result of this, fluid builds up and inflammation takes root in the middle ear, thereby causing pain.

Ear infections can be acute or chronic. Acute infections clear up in a few days, but chronic ones reoccur frequently. If not managed, chronic ear infections can cause permanent damage to the middle and inner ear.

Causes of Eustachian tube blockage are as follows:

  1. Allergies
  2. Sinus infection
  3. Cold
  4. Extreme production of mucus
  5. Smoking
  6. Infected adenoid, which is a tissue near your tonsils that traps harmful bacteria and viruses

There are a few risk factors associated with ear infections. It can be said that young children are more susceptible to these infections. This is because their Eustachian tubes are short and narrow. It has also been seen that infants who are bottle-fed have a higher incidence of ear infections than breastfed babies.

Other risk factors are:

  1. Changes in altitude
  2. Changes in climate
  3. Exposure to tobacco smoke
  4. Use of pacifiers

Symptoms of ear infections:

  1. Pain or discomfort inside the ear
  2. A prolonged feeling of pressure inside the ear
  3. Pus-like ear drainage
  4. Hearing loss

What is also important to know is that the symptoms of an ear infection come and go.

Symptoms can also occur in one or both ears. Chronic ear infection symptoms can be less noticeable than those of acute ear infections.

Hence, fever and ear ache should spur you to see a doctor. You should be extremely careful with babies younger than six months who have fever or ear infection symptoms.

Your doctor will diagnose an ear infection by checking if there is a draining of fluid from the middle ear, perforation in the eardrum or a collapsed eardrum.

Sometimes, ear infections can lead to the following serious complications:

  1. Hearing loss
  2. Speech or language delay in children
  3. An infection in a skull bone called mastoiditis
  4. Meningitis
  5. Ruptured ear drum

Acute Mastoiditis - How To Diagnose It?

Dr. Pradeep R K A 93% (267 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Trivandrum
Acute Mastoiditis - How To Diagnose It?

The infection of the bone of the ear is Mastoiditis. This may be an acute infection needing hospitalisation and injectable drugs or may be in the form of slow bone eroding processes like cholesteatoma.

Let us learn more about this condition and its treatment-

Understanding the Mastoid Bone: The mastoid bone is made up of air sacs and it looks a lot like a sponge. In this sense, it is different from the other bones that can be found in the human body. In order to function properly, this bone requires air from the other parts of the ear, including the Eustachain Tube which connects the middle part of the ear with the portion that lies at the back of the throat. If this tube gets infected due to any reason, the infection and bacteria can also travel to the Mastoid bone, leading to an infection in this area. Another form of the infection starts from the ear drum and a slowly progressive bone eroding process starts which spreads into the air sacs and can potentially spread to the brain.

Symptoms: Acute mastoiditis will present with earache, ear discharge and onset of fever and chills, as well as redness and inflammation behind the ear. Pain in the ear may be experienced along with headaches and swelling that may be experienced behind the eyes. At the very earliest sign, these symptoms must be reported to an ENT or ear throat nose specialist so that the treatment can happen at the earliest. Chronic mastoiditis may be due to repeated infections and bone eroding cholesteatoma which presents with repeated episodes of ear discharge which may be foul smelling and may even have blood.

Diagnosis: The diagnosis is mostly made on ear examination and may involve imaging tests like a CT scan as well as an MRI scan of the head and the ear. A simple X-ray of the mastoids can help in detecting the severity of the infection, and it spread.

Treatment: After diagnosing the problem with imaging tests as well as a detailed ear examination, the doctor will usually start the treatment by admitting the patient in the hospital. Antibiotic medication will be administered through intravenous methods, after which oral antibiotics will be prescribed for many days after the patient has been discharged from the hospital. Surgery may be required if the infection has not cleared up even after the use of antibiotics and is also done in cases of bone erosion. This surgery will be done to drain the infected fluid from the ear and remove a part of this Mastoid bone. Complications like facial paralysis and vertigo need to be discussed with the surgeon before the surgery.

Excessive Smoking - Can It Lead To Ear Infection?

DNB (ENT), JLN Medical college,Ajmer, Senior Residency ENT, Junior Residency in Neurology, Junior Residency in Anaesthesia
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Excessive Smoking - Can It Lead To Ear Infection?

Ear infection is a disorder which can either be viral or bacterial, affecting one’s middle ear the most. This disorder is painful as fluid accumulates in the ear leading to inflammation. Infections of the ear can either be chronic or acute in nature, the damage is more prominent in case of chronic infections. Acute ear infections can be painful but they usually fade away in a few days’ time.

Symptoms
In case of an ear infection, you will experience pain in the ear. A pressure may develop in the ear accompanied by drainage of pus from the ears. Some severe cases might also lead to loss of hearing, be it temporary or permanent. The symptoms of ear infection may develop and affect both the ears. Fever during ear infections is another common auxiliary condition.

Causes
Ear infections tend to occur when the Eustachian tubes in the ear get blocked as a result of fluid accumulation in the ear. The Eustachian tubes can get blocked due to the following reasons –

  1. Being affected by allergies
  2. Conditions such as cold can lead to ear infection
  3. Problems in the sinuses
  4. Excessive smoking
  5. Infected adenoid glands

In addition to the causes, there are certain risk factors which can make one prone to ear infections, some of them being:

  1. Narrow Eustachian tubes in children increase the risks of ear infections
  2. Changes in climate and altitude
  3. Second hand exposure to cigarette smoke

Treatment
For mild symptoms, simple home remedies will suffice. A warm compress on the affected area can reduce the pain. Taking pain relieving medications such as ibuprofen can also help in reducing pain. For moderate symptoms, antibiotics may be required to treat the bacterial infection.
If other treatments do not work, then surgery may be required. Usually tubes are inserted in the ear to drain the accumulated fluid. If it involves the adenoid glands, then surgical removal of the adenoid glands may be required.

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कान रोग के लक्षण - Kaan Rog Ke Lakshan!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
कान रोग के लक्षण - Kaan Rog Ke Lakshan!

कान में होने वाले दर्द से अक्सर कई लोग परेशान होते हैं. कान हमें दुनिया को और करीब से देखने में मदद करता है. इसलिए कान के महत्व को देखते हुये इसके स्वास्थ्य का ध्यान भी आपको रखना चाहिए. इसके लिए आपको ये जानना होगा कि कान में होने वाली समस्याओं को समझें. इसके बारे में जानने के लिए आपको इसके लक्षणों कोक भी विस्तार से जानना होगा. कान में दर्द एक ऐसी समस्या है जो कान के अंदरूनी हिस्से में होता है. कान में दर्द का सामन्य कारण कान में सूजन और संक्रमण को माना जाता है. कान दर्द की समस्या आमतौर पर बच्चों में देखा जाता है, लेकिन वयस्कों में भी यह समस्या विकसित हो सकते हैं. कान में दर्द का कोई गंभीर संकेत या लक्षण नहीं होता है, लेकिन यह काफी दर्दनाक हो सकता है. कान दर्द होने पर आपके कान में जलन जैसा अनुभव हो सकता है, इसका दर्द आता-जाता रह सकता है या स्थिर भी हो सकता है. आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से कान में होने वाले दर्द के प्रकार और लक्षणों को जानें.

कान में दर्द के प्रकार
कान में होने वाले दर्द के कई प्रकार के होते हैं. दरअसल इसके कई रूप हैं. इसमें अलग-अलग स्थितियों में अलग-अलग तरह की समस्याएँ होती हैं.

1. प्राथमिक कान दर्द: कान का दर्द संक्रमण या चोट के कारण हो सकता है. ये तीनों प्रकार के कान के दर्द एक जैसे अनुभव होते हैं.
बाहरी कान में दर्द हो सकता है.
यांत्रिक – यदि आपके कान में कीड़े, बाल या रुई जैसे बाहरी वस्तु प्रवेश कर जाते है तो कान में दर्द होना शुरू हो सकता है.
इसके अलावा कान के संक्रमण भी एक कारण हो सकता है.
यांत्रिक – जैसे दबाव के कारण आघात, यूस्टेकियन ट्यूब और मध्यकर्णशोथ आदि. सूजन या संक्रमित – तीव्र मध्यकर्णशोथ, कर्णमूलकोशिकाशोथ.

2. निर्दिष्ट कान दर्द: शरीर के किसी अन्य हिस्सों में होने वाले दर्द के कारण भी कान दर्द हो सकता है. यदि आपके दांत में कैविटी के कारण दर्द हो रहा है तो यह कान में दर्द का भी कारण हो सकता है. जैसे दंत पल्प में सूजन होने के कारण दांतों में क्षय होने लगता है, जिसके कारण दर्द दांतों तक जाने लगता है. दांतों की स्थितियों से जुड़े अन्य कारण जो कान में दर्द का कारण भी बन सकती हैं: टेंपॉरोमैंडीबुलर जॉइंट रोग प्रभावित तीसरी दाढ़ मुंह में या जीभ के नीचे घाव

कान में दर्द के लक्षण-
कान में दर्द निम्न दर्द व समस्याओं के साथ जुड़ा हो सकता है.
1. यदि आपके दांतों में दर्द या फोड़े होते है तो कान में दर्द हो सकता है.
2. जब बच्चों के दांत आते है यो भी कान दर्द की समस्या सामने आती है.
3. कान में कुछ फंसने पर कान दर्द हो सकता है.
4. कान के परदे में छेद होना या फटना
6. यदि गले में दर्द या टॉन्सिलाइटिस बुखार होता है, तो भी कान दर्द हो सकता है.
7. कान में संक्रमण या जुकाम होने पर भी कान दर्द हो सकता है.
8. कान में वैक्स जमा होना

अगर आपको कान में दर्द के साथ निम्न लक्षण महसूस हो रहे हैं, तो डॉक्टर से संपर्क करें.
1. यदि आपको तेज बुखार होता है तो तुरंत डॉक्टर से संपर्क करें
2. कान के चारों ओर सूजन होने पर भी कान दर्द हो सकता है.
3. कान से द्रव निकलता है तो डाॅक्टर से संपर्क करना चाहिए
4. कान में कुछ फंसने पर भी डाॅक्टर से मिलें
5. 3 दिन से ज्यादा एक कान में दर्द रहना
6. श्वास सुनने में कमी या बदलाव
7. अन्य लक्षण, जैसे मतली और उल्टी, गले में गंभीर दर्द
8. चक्कर आना, सिर में दर्द, कान के चारों ओर सूजन या चेहरे की मांसपेशियां कमजोर पड़ना
9. गंभीर दर्द होना जो अचानक से बंद हो जाता है
10. दर्द, चिड़चिड़ापन और बुखार जैसे लक्षण जो 24 से 48 घंटों तक बना रहे.
 

Hearing Ability - 5 Ayurvedic Tips To Enhance It!

B.A.M.S
Ayurveda, Alappuzha
Hearing Ability - 5 Ayurvedic Tips To Enhance It!

Proper and sound hearing is essential for a healthy living. If you are suffering from lack or loss of hearing, chances are that you are missing out on life itself. Therefore, it is imperative that you undergo treatments in case you are suffering from any kind of hearing ailment.

There are various reasons that contribute to loss of hearing. Some of the common causes are:

  1. Age
  2. Increasing noise
  3. Genetically inherited

Over the years various surgical and non-surgical methods have surfaced that can help repair loss of hearing and damage. Among the other branches of medicines, Ayurveda is the most old and ancient method. It uses natural herbs in order to correct and treat hearing loss. This has proved to be extremely beneficial and potent and it cures hearing ailments with the help of a number of natural methods. Some of them are:

  1. Lukewarm mustard oil or sesame oil: If you are suffering from ache in ears or loss in hearing, try putting few drops of warm mustard oil and sesame oil in your ear and hold it with index fingers. At the same time store air in your mouth and let your cheeks contract and bulge for a minute or so. This ayurvedic tip considerably improves hearing and reduces ear pain.
  2. Radish juice and sesame oil: If you are suffering from sores and hearing problems, a mixture of the two can be beneficial. In this method, a small quantity of Radish juice should be boiled with a small quantity of sesame oil, till the juice absorbs the oil. This mixture should be administered twice a day in order to experience the results.
  3. Applewood oil: A variety of ingredients are required in order to create the resultant oil. Initially cow's urine should be boiled and the applewood powder must be added to it. This mixture should then be filtered and further added with sesame and goat's milk. This concoction is then boiled and the resultant oil should be stored and applied with cotton daily. This improves hearing a great deal.
  4. Mixture of neem and turmeric: In this method turmeric and neem leaves are boiled together. The steam should be taken as well as the water must be applied on the ears and surrounding areas. This has proved to be an extremely effective remedy in treating pus in the ears and consequent hearing loss.
  5. Mixture of Radish juice, turmeric, sesame oil and ajwain seeds: All these ingredients must be taken in selective quantities and boiled to get the resultant oil. This oil must be stored and used to treat loss of hearing and other ear diseases.
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Tinnitus - How Can Audiologist Treat It?

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Tinnitus - How Can Audiologist Treat It?

For someone suffering from Tinnitus, a perpetual sense of ringing in the ears is the main complaint. It’s annoying, to say the least. But more importantly, it is a sign of hearing loss. This is why people need to see an audiologist if he/she has a sense of tinnitus for some time. An audiologist can treat this problem in different ways.

Diagnosis

The first step in treating tinnitus like any other disease involves determining the cause. The doctor may perform different tests such as-Hearing:

  • Hearing exam

During this test, one needs to sit in a soundproof room and wear earphones. Specific sounds will be played into the ears, one at a time, through these earphones. People have to indicate when they hear different intensities of sound. The results are compared with empirical results for comparable age. This helps the audiologist identify possible or rule out specific causes.

  • Movement

One may need to clench the jaw, move the eyes or neck, or even move the arms and legs as part of the test. If tinnitus symptoms get better or worse at any of these postures, the audiologist can identify the underlying disorder.

  • Imaging Tests

The doctor may suggest an MRI or CT depending on his suspicions.

TreatmentRetraining

 Treatment involves identifying an underlying problem, if any. If the tinnitus symptoms are due to some health conditions, the audiologist may take the following steps:

  • Clearing the Earwax

Impacted earwax can cause a variety of problems, including tinnitus symptoms. An audiologist can remove the ear wax.

  • Treating Vascular Conditions

Underlying vascular problems that require surgery or any other treatment may treat the condition.

  • Changing Medication

Tinnitus can also be a side effect of medication. If the doctor suspects that he may recommend reducing or stopping the drug completely. He may also recommend a different medication.

Noise Suppression

If there is no underlying health condition or medication responsible for tinnitus, the doctor may take recourse to noise suppression.  The patient may need to wear an electronic noise suppression device. These devices include:

  • White Noise Devices

These machines produce simulated sounds such as those of ocean waves, falling rain etc. This is often found to be effective in treating tinnitus. He may also recommend using pillow speakers, fans, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and humidifiers to suppress internal noise at night.

  • Hearing Aids

If a hearing problem is associated with tinnitus, the audiologist may prescribe hearing aid.

  • Masking Devices

Such devices mask the internal sounds of tinnitus and are worn in the ear in a similar fashion as hearing aids.

  • Retraining

This device delivers programmed music to mask the sound of tinnitus. This technique usually helps the patient get accustomed to the sound of tinnitus.

 Depending on diagnosis and findings, audiologists may also recommend medicines. Audiologists use medicines usually for severe tinnitus only, since these may have side effects. It may also help reduce symptoms.

 

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Ear Barotrauma - What Are The Signs Of It?

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB - ENT
ENT Specialist, Mumbai
Ear Barotrauma - What Are The Signs Of It?

When you travel in an airplane or just come out of the swimming pool, your ears may sometimes block up and even be painful. This is what is known ear barotrauma and is caused by pressure differences inside and outside the ear drum. Severe cases may cause damage to the ear and impede your hearing.

Symptoms of ear barotrauma

Ear barotrauma usually occurs when the Eustachian tube is blocked due to differences in air pressure. The Eustachian tube is a long narrow tube that runs from the middle of your ear to the pharynx or the back of the throat and is thus very important in relevance to the ear, nose and throat. Thus ear barotrauma can also translate to pain in the ear and throat as well.

Some of the symptoms are:

1. Discomfort in the ear, or aggravated pain in extreme cases
2. Dizziness
3. The ears being blocked or full, in severe cases may feel like being underwater
4. Temporary hearing loss
5. Nose bleeding in severe cases
6. Health care providers may see an inward caving or outward bulging in the ear drum. In severe cases, the ear drum may look bruised as well.
7. Some severe cases may even exhibit signs typical of an ear infection along with some of the other symptoms mentioned above.

Precautions and self treatment

There are certain steps you can take to either prevent barotrauma or reduce the symptoms. These are:

Yawning or gulping - This is very helpful when air pressure differences are caused in cases of travelling by aircraft.

1. Inhale slowly and then exhale while your mouth is closed and you are holding your nostrils closed by fingers - This will help increase the pressure within the tube to try and open it forcefully.

2. Sucking on candy - This is another way to prevent barotraumas as you are constantly swallowing and keeping your Eustachian tube from being blocked in the first place.

3. Keep a few Chewing gums handy - Chewing gums also has similar effects on your ears as it forces the Eustachian tube to remain open despite pressure differences.

4. After diving or swimming, come out of the water slowly - Scuba divers and deep swimmers need to come up slowly to ensure that the Eustachian tube is given enough time to acclimatize and slowly come back to normal.

Usually, ear barotrauma goes away automatically after sometime and no medications are required. However, if symptoms still persist, it is best to go to a relevant doctor or a health care provider for pain relief and long term solutions.

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Children - Why Homeopathy Is Best For Them?

MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Children -  Why Homeopathy Is Best For Them?

Parents today are more concerned about their child's healthy diet and hygiene compared to earlier days. They are more inclined towards quality when it comes to providing medical assistance to their children. They are also now well aware of the side effects of conventional drugs and are keener towards trying alternative treatments which come with no side effects. Studies prove that conventional drugs suppress diseases and antibiotics hamper digestion. But homeopathy on the other hand, offers natural remedies, which are safe, and has a long-lasting effect by boosting your body's immunity.

Below are some of the conditions in which homeopathy works wonders with the kids:

1. Acute conditions such as cold, flu, sore throat, stomach infections. These conditions are self-limiting. Homeopathic remedies not only cure these acute problems, but also prevent their recurrence.

2. Chronic diseases like eczema and allergies are cured completely and never recur when treated with homeopathy. In both the above cases, homeopathy works miraculously. Alongside the healing process, it boosts the child's self-defense mechanisms to fight against diseases. While antibiotics may be too harsh for the child's body, homeopathy is a safer option since it does not have any side-effects.

Homeopathy is also effective in treating colic, ear ache and reduces pain and discomforts. Some of the common problems of children where homeopathy works well are fever, teething, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, kidney diseases, infant colic, jaundice, eczema, convulsions, ear infection, fungal infections, warts, thyroid problems, and growth related problems.

Not just physical symptoms, homeopathy also treats mental and emotional disturbances.

  • You can take help of homeopathy treatment if the child is cranky or restless, and it is very beneficial even in case of hyperactive children.
  • It is also effective in increasing concentration.
  • Homeopathy works perfectly for specially challenged children as well.
  • One of the plus points with homeopathic medicine is that it is easy to administer given their light doses and consumable taste.
  • In addition, injections are not required. Furthermore, homeopathic treatment helps in all stages of childhood.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine. It works on improving immunity rather than only curing the disease. Thus, it is very important to complete courses in homeopathy medication. Even though handy, homeopathy does not allow self-medication. It is always advisable to seek a doctor's help.

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All About Ear Barotrauma

Dr. Swati Tandon 88% (207 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB - ENT
ENT Specialist, Delhi
All About Ear Barotrauma

When you travel in an airplane or just come out of the swimming pool, your ears may sometimes block up and even be painful. This is what is known ear barotrauma and is caused by pressure differences inside and outside the ear drum. Severe cases may cause damage to the ear and impede your hearing.

Symptoms of ear barotrauma

Ear barotrauma usually occurs when the Eustachian tube is blocked due to differences in air pressure. The Eustachian tube is a long narrow tube that runs from the middle of your ear to the pharynx or the back of the throat and is thus very important in relevance to the ear, nose and throat. Thus ear barotrauma can also translate to pain in the ear and throat as well.

Some of the symptoms are:

1. Discomfort in the ear, or aggravated pain in extreme cases
2. Dizziness
3. The ears being blocked or full, in severe cases may feel like being underwater
4. Temporary hearing loss
5. Nose bleeding in severe cases
6. Health care providers may see an inward caving or outward bulging in the ear drum. In severe cases, the ear drum may look bruised as well.
7. Some severe cases may even exhibit signs typical of an ear infection along with some of the other symptoms mentioned above.

Precautions and self treatment

There are certain steps you can take to either prevent barotrauma or reduce the symptoms. These are:
Yawning or gulping - This is very helpful when air pressure differences are caused in cases of travelling by aircraft.

1. Inhale slowly and then exhale while your mouth is closed and you are holding your nostrils closed by fingers - This will help increase the pressure within the tube to try and open it forcefully.

2. Sucking on candy - This is another way to prevent barotraumas as you are constantly swallowing and keeping your Eustachian tube from being blocked in the first place.

3. Keep a few Chewing gums handy - Chewing gums also has similar effects on your ears as it forces the Eustachian tube to remain open despite pressure differences.

4. After diving or swimming, come out of the water slowly - Scuba divers and deep swimmers need to come up slowly to ensure that the Eustachian tube is given enough time to acclimatize and slowly come back to normal.

Usually, ear barotrauma goes away automatically after sometime and no medications are required. However, if symptoms still persist, it is best to go to a relevant doctor or a health care provider for pain relief and long term solutions.

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Ear Pain - What Can Cause It?

Dr. Pradeep R K A 93% (267 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Trivandrum
Ear Pain - What Can Cause It?

Ear aches are a very painful condition which tends to affect mostly children. However, adults can be affected by ear aches as well which can disrupt their routines and be quite painful. Let's have a look at some of the aspects of ear aches in adults.

Causes of Ear aches in adults

There are many causes for ear aches in adults and it may vary from one person to another. However some general causes of ear aches in adults are listed below:

a.        Infections within the body - If you have a throat infection or cold, it could trigger an ear ache as a side effect. Treating the underlying problems will thus reduce the ear ache or it will go on its own when the symptoms of the cold subside. 
b.        Ear canal injury - Adults are most often guilty of putting in sharp objects to clean their ear canal which may result in an injury and also lead to infections. These injuries can also be infected and cause fluid discharge and ear aches.
c.        Blockages caused by the regular use of ear buds - Using ear buds or other sharp objects to clean the ear will only result in pushing the ear wax further into the ear. This will result in blockages of the ear canal and cause ear aches.
d.        Dental problems - Certain dental problems such as wisdom tooth growth can result in problems. Even gum disorders have been known to create ear aches in adults.
e.        Jaw pain and facial pain - Jaw pain and even facial nerve pain has been known to affect ears and cause aches as well.


Symptoms that may accompany ear aches

Depending on what the causes of the ear aches are, the symptoms may vary. Still, let's have a look at some of the known common symptoms of ear aches in adults:

a.        Irritability and lack of focus - Ear aches may initially manifest as a headache and make the person irritable 
b.        Poor sleep - Fluids may build up within the body and thus cause issues while sleeping as the fluids may shift from one area to another.
c.        Ear drainage - If in case fluids build up, they may drain from your ear which could vary anywhere within yellow to a dark brown colour. This may even indicate that your eardrum is ruptured.
d.        Hearing problems - Fluid buildup or other underlying causes may also cause hearing difficulties.
e.        Fever - Sometimes, fever may run as high as 104C due the very infections which may be causing the ear aches.

Whatever may be the cause, if you have ear aches for sustained periods without underlying reasons, you should visit your doctor immediately to get it checked out, so that appropriate treatment can start quickly.
 

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