Post # 1
What are the chances that one could get their very first ear infection as a 36 year old adult?
I just asked my mom, and she said I never had them as a kid.
The last few days, it has felt like I have a golf ball stuck in my throat, and it’s hurting up into my ears, making them feel like they need to pop.
I dont have have insurance until December 1st, because I just started a new job 2 weeks ago. Yuck.
Post # 2
Sometimes if you have a throat infection, it irritates your ears as well. Is there somewhere you can go to get threatment now at a lower cost? I don’t think waiting another month with a possible infection is a good idea.
Post # 3
Generally you will have pain. If it persists I would go to the doctor. Tell them you don’t have insurance and ask for their cash discount. If it is an infection they will most likely give you a generic antibiotic which is very in expensive. Don’t risk your hearing.
Post # 4
Ear infections hurt like hell, and sometimes your ears will have some discharge. Every time I have a sore throat my ears hurt, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I have an ear infection. Try putting a heating pad over your ears; that usually soothes the pain for me. Don’t leave it on for too long though– I’ve done that before and it left huge red marks on my neck.
Post # 5
I typically don’t have throat pain with ear infections. For me, my ear will ache and have a lot of pressure. Another trick for relief- boil some water and pour it in a mug. Turn your head so the painful ear is directly over the cup. The steam will help break up some of the gunk in your ear and will relieve some of the pressure. Repeat as needed. Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 6
I have had several ear infections over the course of my life due to overproduction of wax. When I was a child, I had tubes put in my ears. They have since fallen out.
Ear infections hurt like hell and can feel like pressure in the ears.
Please please please go get checked out. A serious ear infection can cause you to lose hearing permanently.
Post # 7
My throat doesn’t burn like a normal sore throat. It hurts, in a pressure sort of way. And it’s come on fast. I noticed it a little bit over the last couple of days, but it was all just a twinge. Now, the pain/pressure/earache has ramped up considerably in the last 4 or 5 hours.
Any other ways to ease the pain until I can get to urgent care?
Post # 8
That doesn’t sound like the ear infections I have. I just got over a very nasty cold and your symptoms sound like mine. Ball in throat, sore throat, congestion, and my ears constantly felt like they needed to pop.<br /><br />
Ear infections to me come with generally no ear pain or sensation, but often dizziness and nausea. I’ve only had one ear infection that had actual ear pain. The other time I was diagnosed with an ear infection, it was completely unrelated to why I was coming in and was a total shock.
Post # 9
All I know is that I feel cruddy, and this particular cruddy isn’t familiar to me, lol
Post # 10
Dragonfly715: Mine usually start as a far slight throbbing in my ear, followed by pressure, followed by pain. They generally come whenever I am having a throat issue, but they have come on their own before. I always say that you will just KNOW what you have an ear infection, you won’t have to ask, but maybe yours is just coming on.
Post # 11
Ear infections will often go away on their own without antibiotics.
I usually take ibuprofen to ease the pain and pressure.
Post # 12
Dragonfly715: you could also have swimmers ear, which is a fungus. The only way to know if you have an ear infection, swimmers ear, or something else altogether is to go to the doctor.
Post # 13
Actual ear infections generally hurt like hell.
Post # 14
When I was a teen, I got ear infections all the time from working at burger king [those headphones are nasty]. I would get them every few months and they were awful, and very painful. Mine would never go away on their own and I would always need to visit the dr when I couldn’t take the pain anymore. Besides being extremely painful, it was also hard to move my jaw due to infection, as well as walk because of dizziness.
Post # 15
Dragonfly715: Mine would feel like someone was stabbing me in the ears. The last time I had one I was 18 in college and I was crying at 4 am bc I couldnt sleep as I was in so much pain ( and I have a pretty high pain tolerance). I got my ass to the doctor as soon as they opened. Hurt like a MOFO!