Pain in the inner or outer ear that may interfere with ability to hear, often caused by excess fluid and infection. Pain felt in or around the ears which usually occurs in only one ear.

  • Otalgia
  • Ear pain
  • Ear ache

Common causes

Ear pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Earwax accumulation
  • Changes in pressure
  • Foreign object entrapment
  • Infected/impacted tooth
  • Ear piercings
  • Tight head wear


Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Apply a cold pack externally
  • Avoid getting the ear wet
  • Sit upright to help relieve ear pressure
  • Take OTC pain relievers
  • Chew gum to help relieve pressure
  • Feed an infant to help them relieve the pressure
  • Use wax dissolving drops in case of earwax accumulation


See a doctor if you notice:

  • Pain does not subside within a week
  • Pain interferes with hearing
  • Buzzing in the ear
  • Difficulty in hearing


See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Severe ear pain
  • Dizziness
  • Bad headache/fever
  • Redness & swelling around the ear
  • Drooping of the facial muscles
  • Blood or pus/fluid draining from the ear
  • A suspected foreign object in the ear
  • Ear pain in a patient with diabetes or a compromised immune system

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