Check Your Symptoms
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, click on the "Yes" in front of the question for information about how soon to see a health professional.
health risks that may increase the seriousness of your
If you have any of the following symptoms, or if
you are uncertain about the cause of your ear symptoms, go to the topic
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older or
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger:
Sudden hearing loss Ear pain or drainage from the ear Fever Injury to the
ear You think that your eardrum is
Do you have earwax buildup and other ear problems?
If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 09, 2012
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