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From understanding the causes of earaches, treatment & knowing how pharmacists can help, we've got you covered

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What is earache?

Earaches are common, especially in children. They can be a burning, sharp or dull ear pain that either comes and goes or is constant. It can affect one ear or both.

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What causes earaches?

Earaches can be caused by different things. Some of the most common causes include:

• Ear infections

• Glue ear

• Damage to the ear

• Earwax or an object in the ear

• Throat infections

• Jaw problems

• Dental abscesses

Ear infections

Infections in the ear, whether in the outer (tube connecting the outer ear and eardrum) or middle ear (behind the ear drum), can cause pain in the ear. These infections are often caused by bacteria or viruses. There may be a watery or pus-like fluid coming out of the ear.

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