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I believe i have an ear infection. What steps to take next?

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Hi, I believe i have an ear infection. What steps to take next?
JA: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?
Customer: Its been just over a day. No colds or flus Just awful pain, which i can feel down the side of my neck too.. feels like a fluid build up inside the ear but my ears just won't pop
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Nothing else Thank you
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

What are your age and gender?

Do you have ear pain, dizziness, ear discharge, redness in-ear or around, or dental pain?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Age 31 and female.
Yes I do have unbearable ear pain and have just been taking ibuprofen to cope. Its not red. No dental pain - maybe the slightest now but it started with my ear.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

You may need a course of antibiotics. Meanwhile, you may take Ibuprofen. You may consider going to urgent care.

You may contact;

Walk-in clinic/urgent care

Your symptoms point to Otalgia. It means ear pain. This can have two origins;

1) pain due to ear conditions.

2) referred pain due to other conditions which have diverse causes.

The ear conditions can be;

1) external otitis,

2) otitis media,

3) mastoiditis, and

4) auricular infections.

The conditions which can cause referred pain can be (these are the main conditions);

1) Ramsay Hunt syndrome
2) Temporomandibular Disorders
3) Trigeminal Neuralgia
4) Dental infection or abscess
5) Labyrinthitis; internal ear infection

6) Sinusitis; sinus infection

7) Pharyngitis; throat infection

The above conditions involve the nerves of the ear and tongue together and thus there are symptoms for both the region. These symptoms warrant an examination by an ENT surgeon as soon as possible for ascertainment of the cause.

Please feel free for your follow-up questions.