September 29, 2021

On Corriere Salute: earache and the various types of otitis (external or average)


At the origin of the symptoms there can also be inflammatory pathologies of the neighboring districts (tonsillitis, sinusitis) or, more rarely, diseases of the oral cavity or larynx. It talks about it in the insert on newsstands Thursday 9 September

We are publishing a preview of an article in the new Corriere Salute. You can read the full text on the issue at newsstands for free on Thursday 9 September or in Pdf on the Digital Edition of the «Corriere della Sera».


Pain can come on suddenly or come on gradually, be throbbing or continuous, but what is certain is that earache is one of the most difficult symptoms to tolerate. It can occur at all ages, but children are certainly the most targeted category.

What are the most common causes of earache?

«Earache, or more correctly otalgia, is a common and annoying symptom that can originate from an inflammation of one part of the ear. In these cases we speak of primary otalgia, or better still otitis, more often external and sometimes average “explains Lorenzo Pignataro, professor of otolaryngology at the University of Milan and director of the Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Unit of ‘Irccs Ca Granda Polyclinic of Milan Foundation. “Otalgia, however, can also be secondary to other conditions that do not directly affect the ear, including inflammatory pathologies of the neighboring districts (tonsillitis, sinusitis) or, more rarely, tumors of the oral cavity or larynx that can lead to symptom just a reflex pain in the ear ».

What are the characteristics of otitis?

“Otitis is an inflammatory process that can affect the external ear, that is the structure that includes the pavilion and the external auditory canal, or the middle ear and therefore the eardrum and tympanic cavity”.

You can continue reading the article on the Health Courier on newsstands for free on Thursday 9 September or in Pdf on the Digital Edition of Corriere della Sera.

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