Last month, we talked about possible causes of ear pain. Here are some more causes to keep in mind, should none of the previous four listed apply to you.
- If you also have a sore throat, it’s possible you may have tonsillitis or pharyngitis.
- If you have oral pain, you may have a tooth abscess, a cavity, or an impacted molar (your doctor can test this by tapping on your gums to check for soreness).
- If you have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, this could be the result of your grinding your teeth or arthritis. The best way to treat TMJ pain is by taking over-the-counter medicine, applying a warm compress to your jaw, and using a mouth guard when you sleep. Eating softer foods also helps!
In some cases, ear pain is present due to a serious reason, such as the presence of a tumor. But, it could also be something simple as cellulitis, a skin infection that comes from piercings. Visit your doctor immediately if the pain is severe and doesn’t decline, especially if it is accompanied by a high fever and/or sore throat.