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What are the most common causes of earache?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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Whilst there are a number of different causes, here are some of the most common causes of earache in children:

  • Ear canal infection (the outer side of the eardrum)
  • Glue ear (a build up of fluid in the middle ear)
  • Earwax, or another object, stuck inside the ear
  • Damage caused to the inside of the ear (such as a scrape caused by a cotton bud)
  • A throat infection (such as tonsillitis or quinsy)

It is also common for children to get a build up of mucus in their middle ear after a cold. This will often clear on its own within a few days. Pain from other areas of the body can also sometimes appear as ear pain, such as problems with teeth and teething.

 

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