Our expert says:
Earache does not always just come from the ear, but can also be due to referred pain from adjacent structures. Pain from the ear itself may result from a pressure gradient between the middle ear and outside air, from local inflammation, or both. Referred pain can result from disorders in areas innervated by cranial nerves responsible for sensation in the external and middle ear (5th, 9th, and 10th). Specific areas include the nose, sinuses, throat, teeth, gums, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), jaw, parotid glands, tongue, trachea, and esophagus. Please ask your doctor to refer you to an ENT specialist for a full examination.
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