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ask: What can I do about an ear ache?

By Shana O'Connor
 
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I have the strangest pain in my left ear. It is extremely sore to the touch, aches and feels almost clogged. It happens to be the same ear that I always fall asleep on. Does anyone know what it could maybe be or what I can do to relieve the pain?

Thank you!

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Anon

Can you see a doctor or head to a clinic to be seen? If health insurance is an issue, tell us where you live (approximately) and we'll try to locate a free clinic for you!

August 21, 2009 - 1:14pm
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Anonymous

i have that too but i dont no wot 2 do bout it

August 17, 2009 - 3:51am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Shana!

Have you had your ear seen to? You may have an infection that you're unaware of - some people are prone to chronic ear infections. And you may also have a build up of ear wax that you may need removed.

It may not be your ears at all! You may have a problem with your adenoids - you can read about it here, and earaches are a definite symptom: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/adenoidectomy

You also may have something called Swimmer's Ear. It is called this because some swimmers suffer from it, due to being in a warm, moist environment a lot but many non swimmers get it too. The reason I think this is a possibility is the fact that your ears are feeling cloggy and stuffy. Symptoms of Swimmer's Ear include :
◦Redness and/or itching inside the ear canal
◦Pain in the ear, sometimes severe, that may worsen when chewing or talking, and with pulling on the ear
◦Hearing loss or a plugged-up or pressure sensation of the ear
◦Drainage from the ear

You would need to see a doctor if you think you may have this; it is not always serious but can be, if left untreated.

Think about seeing a health care professional about this; all you may need is an anti-biotic or having your ears syringed, to get rid of possible clogging or build up. It may also be symptomatic of something else. But if it's very tender and sore, seeing a doctor is the smart thing to do; it sounds very uncomfortable.

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