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Can methamphetamines cause earache?

Hi I have a question one of my best friends whom is a male had smoked some meth amphetamines and has called me saying that he had like an earache kind of feeling in his left ear the most but kind of in both ears what is this what is this what s going on basically thank you
Mon, 23 May 2016
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Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query are wondering if methamphetamine cause earache which is due to eustachian tube dysfunction due to which there is build up of negative pressure in ear canal.

The symptoms can also occur due ear infection , injury due q-tip or loud sound . Methamphetamines doesn't seems to be the reason for ear ache . You should do warm saline gargles , apply dry warm compresses to external ear and keep your ear dry , which is very important . Also take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain .

I would suggest you to consult ENT specialist without any delay so that infection will not spread. Doctor may examine ear with otoscope , also examine tympanic membrane or may order CT scan.

Doctor may prescribe antibiotic course at least for 10 days along with anti inflammatory and decongestants. Doctor may also recommend tympanoplasty in case of ear drum rupture .

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.
Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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