You have an ear ache. Its been going on for days, maybe weeks and is starting to affect your sleep.
The pain is dull, or maybe sharp. Your ears burn, you might have a fever or even some hearing loss.
You might think only kids get ear aches, but it can happen at any age and be extremely painful.
Q-tips can be a big culprit as well, according to Dr. Petter, as they can pack ear wax further into your ear canal.
"Bacteria. It can be caused by viruses, " Dr. Petter says. "It could be caused from allergies and fluid build-up behind the ear drum."
Bottom line? Make that appointment to be seen.
Fortunately, your doctor can flush your ears giving you immediate relief from the build-up.
"Your doctor can determine what exactly is going on, help you get better and eliminate that ear pain."