Our Symptom checker provides clinical advice on what to do next based on your symptoms.
Earache is common, especially in children. The pain is generally the result of an ear infection. You should see a doctor if it persists, you feel nauseous or have a fever.
Ear wax (cerumen) is produced by tiny glands in the ear canal and helps keep the ears clean. The wax is not harmful, but if it builds up, it can cause problems.
Otitis media (middle ear infection)
Otitis media (middle ear infection) is very common in children and often disappears by itself. However, it sometimes needs treatment and can also affect adults.
Tonsil stones are small lumps of hardened material that form in the tonsils when debris builds up. Learn about 'tonsilloliths' symptoms and treatment.
Streptococcal disease is an infection which typically causes minor problems that are treated with antibiotics. Find links to trusted information about the disease here.
Fluid from the ear
Fluid coming from your ear is usually just ear wax, but sometimes it can be a sign of illness or injury. Read more here about its causes and treatments.
Physical examination by a doctor
A doctor may need to examine your body to help them diagnose an injury, illness or condition. Before the examination, the doctor must obtain your consent and explain what they are doing.
Ear infections are common and children are most often affected by this condition. Ear infections usually go away on their own within a week or two, but sometimes need treatment with antibiotics.
Coughs, colds and ear infections in children
It’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds per year. Read this article to find out more about common childhood ailments.