Is cholesteatoma painful?

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Photos of cholesteatoma make the disease look very painful. In actuality, however, cholesteatoma takes a long time to grow. This means that it is often impossible to feel the symptoms of the disease in most cases. If the cholesteatoma becomes infected, you may feel pain and swelling around the ear. Dizziness is another discomfort that may come from the disorder. However, most people feel little with cholesteatoma. This is why it is so important that sufferers of frequent ear infections visit a doctor as soon as possible in order to receive a medical examination before hearing loss occurs.

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