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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Warm or Fluid Sensation in the Ear

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced warm or fluid sensation in the ear. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)

    Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal.

    7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, jaw pain, ear pain that gets worse when moving
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Glue Ear (Otitis Media With Effusion)

    "Glue ear" is caused by fluid built up in the middle ear (under the eardrum). It happens more frequently in kids than adults because of having frequent colds and less developed tubes in the ear. In adults, it's caused by acute or chronic sinusitis in 66% of cases. It may also be caused by cigarette smoke, allergies, reflux, genetics, or bacteria, all of which stimulate the production of the fluid.

    63% get better in 3 months; 90% in 1 year

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ear fullness/pressure, constant hearing loss, hearing loss in one ear, trouble hearing that is better in noisy environments, ear canal pain
    Symptoms that always occur with glue ear (otitis media with effusion):
    ear fullness/pressure, hearing loss in one ear, constant hearing loss
    Symptoms that never occur with glue ear (otitis media with effusion):
    ear canal pain, fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  3. 3.Chronic Glue Ear (Otitis Media With Effusion)

    "Glue ear" is caused by fluid built up in the middle ear (under the eardrum). It happens more frequently in kids than adults because of having frequent colds and less developed tubes in the ear. In adults, it's caused by acute or chronic sinusitis in 66% of cases. It may also be caused by cigarette smoke, allergies, reflux, genetics, or bacteria, all of which stimulate the production of the fluid.

    63% get better in 3 months; 90% in 1 year

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    ear fullness/pressure, hearing loss in one ear, trouble hearing that is better in noisy environments, ear canal pain
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic glue ear (otitis media with effusion):
    hearing loss in one ear, ear fullness/pressure
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic glue ear (otitis media with effusion):
    ear canal pain, fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Temporomandibular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear, and it connects the jaw to the side of the head. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a painful condition which can be caused by excess tension in jaw mucles, faulty alignment between upper and lower teeth, arthritis in the joint, or injury of the jaw or face.

    Outcome is highly case-dependent.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, history of headaches, jaw pain, pain in the back of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with temporomandibular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder:
    pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Warm or Fluid Sensation in the Ear Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced warm or fluid sensation in the ear have also experienced:

    • 9% Ear Fullness / Pressure
    • 8% Ear Canal Pain
    • 6% Pain in One Ear Canal
  • People who have experienced warm or fluid sensation in the ear were most often matched with:

    • 66% Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
    • 33% Chronic Glue Ear (Otitis Media With Effusion)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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