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What is the cause and treatment for ear pain? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 14-Oct-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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Doctor:Hello
User:HI
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Doctor:how can I help you?
User:about one month ago i had ear pain.. i consulted a ENT specialist who diagnosed me with some internal injury and prescribed antibiotics and fusidn application on right ear
User:now since last 2 days my right ear is hurting again..
Doctor:ok
Doctor:was it the same ear last time as well?
User:but this time i m sure there was no injury i didnt use ear buds or anytyhnig
User:ya same ear.
Doctor:ok
User:wat could be causing this pain?
Doctor:it is quite possible that the infection did not clear off completely and must have resurfaced again
User:but i completed 5 day course of azzee
Doctor:I would still attribute this pain to your previous infection unless there is a clear sign of something else
Doctor:That is good, completing the full course of antibiotics is always a good practice
User:what should i do now?
User:i am wondering how can this internal injury happen
Doctor:can you elaborate a bit more about the ear problem
User:it is hurting especially when i touch inner ear
Doctor:apart from the pain, do you have any other symptoms at all?
Doctor:ok
User:ya pain in the upper jaw linked to ear
Doctor:ok
Doctor:do you have any dental caries or any other dental problem?
User:even the outer ear that is the side burns area and above ear also
User:no dental problem
Doctor:ok
Doctor:any discharge from the ear?
User:no
Doctor:ok
Doctor:can you describe the pain?
User:it is always there
Doctor:and does this pain get worse when you chew something?
User:and hurts more when i toch it..
Doctor:ok
User:ya when i move my rtight jaw it hurts
Doctor:is there any swelling in front or behind the ear?
Doctor:or any redness?
User:nothing that is noticable
Doctor:ok
Doctor:if there is pain when you touch, it implies that the infection is in the external ear
Doctor:that is the ear canal
User:ohk
Doctor:or external auditory canal
User:could it be some insect or smthing?
Doctor:yes, it is possible
Doctor:but unlikely
User:ohk..
User:water in the ear?
Doctor:an injury is not a definitive cause for infection
User:i mean can it be caused by water going to the ear?
Doctor:yes, water can also cause infection
User:doctor had prescribed me diclomol tablet for pain.
Doctor:particularly because, wet and humid regions in the body are prone to develop fungal infections, which later can get infected with bacteria and cause pain
User:oh ya XXXXXXX is humid and i m kindo fo prone to these because of my house location etc
Doctor:My suggestion to you now is, please consult an ENT specialist again
Doctor:and get your ear looked at
User:ok.
User:can i take that diclomol tab for pain..
Doctor:and ask the ENT doctor to do a culture and sensitivity test to identify the bacteria and fungus causing the infection
Doctor:Yes, you can take diclomol for pan, but that will not cure the problem
User:ok
Doctor:you will need antibiotics that will definitely work on the bacteria that is causing the infection
Doctor:so get a culture and sensitivity done to find out the exact bacteria and to see which antibiotics it is sensitive so that a proper antibiotic can then be prescribed to you
User:any ear drops that i can use
User:because doctor will be available XXXXXXX only
Doctor:right now I would not suggest any ear drops
Doctor:Doctors will be available on Sundays also
User:ok thnks for your guidance
Doctor:is there any other question you would like to ask me?
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