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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Ear infection: Your right ear may have fluid in it. See your doctor for a diagnosis.

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
If your hearing....: ....Is not muffled when you have not been in the water, then when it's muffled you have water in your ears. Tilt your head to the side, jump up and d ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Sounds pretty nl: It can take several weeks for the fluid buildup and Eustachian tube swelling that preceded the ear infection to return to normal after all the germs a ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Coincidence/cause: In medicine/science we know not to say always or never. I can accept that a person developing a viral syndrome marked by an ear infection may have eye ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not typically: If the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is intact, it serves as a barrier that protects the middle ear from organisms which may enter the external ear cana ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: I believe it can. When an eardrum is red and inflamed it generates heat so to me it has always made sense that the ear infected side might have a high ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone. ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Otitis Externa: Infection of the enternal ear canal can cause swelling.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Inner ear: Usually tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, or damage to the inner ear. Wax in the ear canal can make tinnitus or ringing seem louder because you d ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Bradin
27 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Potentially: Can be signs of complication of otitis media like mastoiditis or referred pain or pain fro secondary lymph node that may be enlarged.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringi ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Drs can look thru the ear drum into the middle ear & detect a pus level for a middle ear infection. However, the events involved in a inner ear infect ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Meyer
18 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Absolutely: The nerves to your ear also go to your jaw and so pain in one area can feel like it is in another. Most commonly, people with temporomandibular joint ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marina Armendariz
25 years experience Pediatrics
Pain reliever: Antibiotics are prescribed to heal infections caused by bacteria. Pain is relieved either by tyelenol or ibuprofen, otic drops can also be prescribed ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: They are not at borderline. Treat it asap. Skin infection some tims can go to kidney like throat inf to rhematic fever.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
External otitis: Wearing ear plugs for long periods of time can lead to inflammation of the external ear canal skin. The ear plugs will not cause a middle ear infectio ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Infection of external ear especially ear canal can spread forward to the face due to anatomical conduit of the external ear cartilage.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: I just answered that question, see my previous answer.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
24 years experience Pediatrics
Bacteria: The 3 most common bacteria to cause middle ear infections (otitis media) are streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae and moraxella catarrhali ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible, but rare: Skin infections of the earlobe rarely spread to the parotid, but may spread to the skin above the parotid.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Possible: Alhough the two areas are not connected, I have seen patients with pneumonia and an ear infection. These type of infections can start off as a head co ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olayinka Adedayo
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No,its the reverse: Usually a throat infection may make you feel as if your ear drums are closed from blockade of the tympanic tube.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Yes: The facial nerve travels just behind the ear drum on its way to supply the muscles of facial expression including the muscles of the upper and lower l ... Read More

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