Earache is recognised as a sharp or dull pain or burning sensation experienced in either in one ear or both ears. Earaches are more common in children than in adults. Earaches can be caused for a variety of different reasons and hence the kind of pain and symptoms experienced will differ based on the cause.
The Eustachian tube present in the middle of the ear connecting up to the back of the throat is responsible for draining of fluids that are produced in the middle ear. When this Eustachian tube is blocked and cannot drain the fluid, it results in a fluid build-up causing the ear to hurt. The fluid build-up causes a pressure rise behind the eardrum which is responsible for the pain that is experienced. Earaches affect people in different ways, this is because sometimes the ear itself is affected and at other times the areas surrounding and connected to the ear are affected. Some of the causes of earaches are:
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