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How does my ear get infected

A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
35 years experience Family Medicine
None: Chronic infections from piercings can damage skin and cartilage. It is best to remove the peircing until the infection is resolved (usually with antib ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ear piercings: Cobalt or titanium may be good choices for you.

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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
35 years experience Pediatrics
Unless...: ...It's a stinging insect, it will probably get pushed out by ear wax as it is being produced.
Dr. Luke Hermann
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
See an ENT MD: If an insect crawls into your ear it may not be able to crawl backwards to get out. If it is alive it will be very irritating as the ear canal is extr ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
31 years experience Family Medicine
Gold?: Gold may help. Less likely to irritate and inflame your ears. "sensitive earrings" sometimes still contain nickel [and also depends on the quality of ... Read More
Dr. Louise Andrew
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Infection unlikely: More likely to be a sensitivity to metal. They make some kind of guards for posts---they're plastic sleeves that go around the metal. But it may req ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Missavage
41 years experience General Surgery
Cheaper office care: Many surgeons can provide care in their office and you might find an urgent care that can manage this for less. It sounds like the cyst will need to b ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
43 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: One could develop an abscess of the lobe of the ear. There is a dictum "all pus must pass". In this case an abscess would either resorb or would fes ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Arden
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
How : How long has it been in place? I would anticipate that if you were going to get an infection you would have probably seen signs of this within 3-5 day ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
23 years experience Infectious Disease
Don't worry too much: There's alot of news media about Ebola, which of course helps their ratings. What you described 'doesn't count' as an exposure to Ebola, Nipah, or rab ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Have it seen: The blood flow to that area is poor as is the resulting ability to fight off infection. The possibility of an aggressive staph or other bacterial infe ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Evaluation by: your physician should help to determine if you have an infection. Just remember that viral ear infections do not require antibiotics. Take care.

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