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Can earache be caused by a problem outside the ear?

earache can be caused by a problem outside the ear. This is known as a secondary earache or referred pain. An earache in adults is often caused by a referred pain from another area of the head, such as the teeth, throat or jaw, or the neck. Rather than being felt in the affected area, the pain instead feels like an earache.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Outer ear infections

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