Ear pain

Also known as Otalgia, Ear pain, and Pain In Ear

Otalgia or an earache is ear pain. Primary otalgia is ear pain that originates inside the ear. Referred otalgia is ear pain that originates from outside the ear.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of ear pain are otitis media, common cold, and otitis externa (swimmer's ear). Other possible causes, such as acute sinusitis, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with ear pain, 61% report having sore throat, 54% report having cough, and 51% report having fever.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with ear pain often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, other therapeutic ear procedures, influenzavirus antibody assay, nonoperative removal of foreign body, diagnostic procedures on ear, other respiratory therapy and tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with ear pain include amoxicillin, cefdinir, ofloxacin, carbamide peroxide otic, neomycin (septa), antipyrine / benzocaine, triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic, antipyrine, colistin/hc/neomycin/thonzonium otic, carbamide peroxide topical, opium, corticotropin (acthar) and penicillin g benzathine (bicillin) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for ear pain include age 5-14 years age 1-4 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.9x
1-4 years
3.1x
5-14 years
2.9x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
0.3x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
1.0x
Other
0.8x
Ajax-loader Loading...