Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2012-12-14


A sore ear

Good morning Doc

Another question about another son. My11 year old is complaining of a very painful ear. He says is hurts to touch it or even to yawn or move his jaw. And when he speaks he sounds funny. All thick in his throat - but does not have a sore throat. Lying flat seems very painful. I treated it so far with drops I got from tha pharmacist - Aurone, illiadin to open the eustachian tubes and mypaid for pain and inflammation. He does not have a fever. The pain started 2 days ago after several days of swimming,

What do you recommend, please?

Expert's Reply



It is almost certain that your son has a condition called 'swimmer's ear', also known as otitis externa This is an infection of the external ear canal and is often extremely painful. Antibiotic eardrops are usually needed to treat this condition so your son must be seen by a doctor. As the weekend is coming up you had better take him to see your doctor ASAP.

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