(Closed) What does an ear infection feel like?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

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
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
27 posts

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
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


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 # 8
9122 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

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Post # 10
3826 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ear infections will often go away on their own without antibiotics. 

I usually take ibuprofen to ease the pain and pressure.

Post # 12
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
8770 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Actual ear infections generally hurt like hell.

Post # 14
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
3116 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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!


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