Frequent Or Severe Earaches

What Causes Earache?

Earache can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose earache, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "earache" as a symptom.  For example, Epstein-Barr virus.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent unexplained vomiting
reduced mental clarity
having chills from an illness
having trouble concentrating
recent onset diarrhea
painful cervical nodes
incoherent speech
edema of the hands
recent body hair loss
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
frequent confusion/disorientation
poor cold weather tolerance
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of earache.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate ear/hearing problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
In general, roughly how often do you suffer from earache (a pain in the middle or inner ear)?
Possible responses:
→ Never / don't know
→ Rarely - about once each year or less
→ A few times each year, but nothing serious
→ Regular mild earache / occasional severe earache
→ Regular severe earache
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate infrequent earaches, regular earaches or frequent severe earaches, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).
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