Treat Ear Pain

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What Causes Ear Pain?

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    Sound
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    1. Loud music.
    2. Wearing of ear phones with the volume too loud.
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    Swimming
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    This includes the germs in the water that can infect your ears.
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    Pressure
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    1. Scuba diving. Sometimes, when a diver has trouble equalizing, he/she will emerge with a pressure-related injury (barotrauma or barotitis). This is an ear issue that is painful, and lingers. It also makes the ears feel full, causes dizziness or ringing in the ear. , which causes lingering ear pain, fullness, dizziness or ringing in the ears.
    2. Airplane travel can also cause ear pain due to the changes in air pressure.
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    Haircut
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    When you get haircut and the small hairs enter your ear, and can irritate your ear, leading to pain.
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    Teething and Toothache
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    Teething is something babies have to endure, but even a toothache can cause issues with your ears, especially if it's infected.
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    Noise pollution and various biological factors can cause viral infections
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    It can cause a change in the volume of fluid in the labyrinth of your ear that can actually produce swelling and can cause a rupture to the membrane that can mix all the different fluid inside the ear.
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Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

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Middle Ear Infection Defined

When fluid accumulates in the middle ear (that part of the ear behind the eardrum), pressure builds up and causes pain. Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur as a complication of an upper respiratory infection, when the tubes between the ear and the throat (Eustachian tubes) swell and close. Fluid and mucus gather in the middle ear, and bacteria breed.

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The hallmark symptom of otitis media is persistent ear pain and may be accompanied by decreased hearing, a sense of fullness or ringing in the ear, fever, headache, runny nose, and dizziness.

Otitis media requires a visit to your doctor, who will probably prescribe antibiotics and possible a decongestant.

How to Care for Otitis Media at Home after a Visit to the Doctor

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    Get plenty of rest.
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    Increase fluids if you have permission from your doctor.
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    Pace a warm washcloth, water bottle, or heating pad directly on the affected ear.
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    With your mouth open, make sure to blow your nose gently.
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    Use a cool mist vaporizer to moisturize the air and help control the level of mucus.
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    Take over the counter pain relievers, decongestants, nose drops, or antihistamines.
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Middle Ear Fluid

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Serous otitis media results when fluid collects in the middle ear, either from a previous infection or ongoing irritations such as allergies. An infection is not necessarily associated with this condition, but can occur if bacteria build up.

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Symptoms of Middle Ear Fluid

  • Temporary hearing loss.
  • A feeling of stuffiness.
  • Sensitivity in the ear.

Treatments for Middle Ear Fluid

Most cases of serous otitis media clear up in about a week. Chewing gum or swallowing may help open the Eustachian tube, and taking decongestants or pain relievers may provide additional relief. If the problem does not clear up, a doctor may prescribe a higher dose of decongestant or use a device to force air into the Eustachian tube and middle ear. Antibiotics may be prescribed if a bacterial infection is discovered.

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Vertigo

A middle ear infection can cause vertigo, as can toxic substances in the body or other types of infection. Vertigo is the dizzy feeling of being off balance. More specifically, it is the sensation that the room or objects are moving around you.

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How to Treat Symptoms of Vertigo

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    Lie quietly in a darkened room.
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    Avoid sudden movements.
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    Focus on one object or keep your eyes closed to help ease the spinning sensation.
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Some Alternative Treatments

Vaporizers

Placing a vaporizer in the middle of the room of someone suffering from inner ear issues, can help to relieve the symptoms. The best time to use a vaporizer is during the night while you are resting and before dozing off. A vaporizer helps to thin ear fluids by keeping the proper moisture in air, while keeping maintaining the humidity. A person's ear pain will be alleviated as the fluid build-up in the ear canal decreases.

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There are portable vaporizers available on the market, and portable ones are the most convenient to use. There are digital and non-digital vaporizers to choose from, as well as an herbal vaporizer.

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    Digital Vaporizer
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    1. Power source is required to operate this.
    2. A bit expensive, but brags of its battery and charger feature, which both truly enhance its portability.
    3. An LED on most of the models indicates when it is ready to use, and warns when the device is overheating!
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    Non Digital Vaporizer
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    Overheating is the main issue with this type of vaporizer, so it should be taken care of very well, and used only as directed, in order to make sure it performs to its peak.  
    1. Operates with the use of a flame source.
    2. Inexpensive compared to the digital vaporizer.
    3. Operating time is minimal and it is very easy to use.
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    Herbal vaporizer
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    Many believe this is your best choice. The heating components of the device processes the herbs, warms the air's circulation so it can come across the herbs and assist in releasing the extracts. This type of vaporizer is a helpful way to soothe ear fluid sufferers.  
    1. It is portable.
    2. Light to carry.
    3. Built to last.
    4. Very easy to operate:  
      1. Warm the unit up by plugging the power cable into a wall socket.
      2. Wait for about 10 minutes for it to heat up.
      3. While waiting, you can chop up some medicinal herbs of your choice and place them in the vaporizer's glass container. Examples of herbs you could use:  
        1. Lavender.
        2. Thyme.
        3. Golden Seal.
        4. Echinacea.
      4. When the device is warmed up, you can inhale its vapors.
      5. Continue doing so until the herbs have turned to a brownish color.
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Other Issues With Ears

Ruptured Eardrum

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CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR if you've recently had a cold with ear pain and congestion, and then notice white to yellow ear discharge (even on your pillow). Infections, blows to the head, or inserting sharp objects into the ear can rupture the eardrum.

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Eardrum Pops When Blowing Nose

You have a severe cold and blew your nose so hard that suddenly you think you hear your eardrum pop. Did you really pop your eardrum? This is normal, and when you create too much pressure blowing your nose, your eardrum may indeed pop. It is caused by the air pressure changing in your ears. You will notice that the sound you hear will be back to normal after a few minutes.

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But if you observe that it is too painful to handle, and that your hearing does not go back to normal, you may have broken your eardrum and you need to go to your family doctor, or perhaps an Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat specialist. You may need to take some medications and apply eardrops in your ears to prevent further infection.

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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • DO NOT insert any type of object in your ear to relieve itching or pain - this includes Q-tips.
  • You should seek emergency care if your ear pain is accompanied by a headache, fever, or stiff neck.
  • If you have sudden hearing loss, give your doctor a call.
  • Seek medical attention from a doctor if you think you may have an ear infection.
  • Call your doctor if any ear pain lasts more than 12 to 24 hours.
  • Call your doctor if you suspect a ruptured eardrum.
  • Blow your nose gently when you have a cold.
  • Use of a vaporizer to unclog your nose.
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Questions and Answers

Doctor uses flaming vapor device.

Does this work for an ear infection?

There are other procedures and devices that are used by doctors and not those flaming vapor device for an ear infection.

A flaming vapor device can overheat so it is not really advisable to use this kind of device.

Ear doctors prefer other ways of treating and handling ear infection. They use devices like digital vaporizer so overheating will be avoided.

What if my ear feels like it has fluid in it and my throat hurts and my face feels numb?

I am having face numbness and my ear feels like it has fluid in it and my throat hurts. I went to the doctor and they said I didn't have an infection but I do have postnasal drip and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It seems that I am having more symptoms than most of the stories I've read, and I am in a lot of pain. Nothing is working to make this better. I have tried: Nasal spray and Advil and I tried getting more rest. I also used eardrops - they help just a little bit. I need help please. I think it was caused by: I'm not sure. It came out of no where. I woke up with a very sore throat.

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