Earache: Causes, Symptoms and Treating Otalgia

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Earache (otalgia) is the term used to describe feelings of discomfort, including pain, pressure or blockage, in one or both ears.

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When an earache presents, the pain may be coming from the ear itself - for example, from local inflammation - the pressure between the middle ear and outside air, or a combination of these. Alternatively, earache can be the result of referred pain, which is an issue in a nearby area that shares the same nerves with the brain as the ear.


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13 Apr 2023
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useful article.Good clear diagram of ear anatomy
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11 Jan 2023
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Very easy to understand and good outcomes for most.
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06 Dec 2022
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informative and short read
Kate McCallum
30 Jan 2023
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Useful information. Thanks!!!
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09 Jan 2023
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26 Nov 2023
I well presented document.
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31 Mar 2023
Very informative
Debbie North
09 Jan 2023
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Informative, provided great visual aids with informative content
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Roberta Marzo
07 Jan 2020
Great short piece for nurses to improve knowledge.
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