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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum o ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Often otitis media is painful due to the pressure build up in the middle ear from the infection.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Some possibilities: An ear infection on the inner side if an eardrum is a middle ear infection (otitis media) and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum o ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
3 ear sections: Inner ear= the ear nerve middle ear= the chamber with the ear bones between the ear drum and the ear nerve outer ear= canal and outer ear structure ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory McCarty
29 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Symptomatic Therapy: Most ear infections are viral infections and, depending on the age group and certain other factors, often can be managed without antibiotics or other ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Two different cond..: Acute otitis media often requires antibiotic treatment especially in young children. Otitis media with effusion can be transient, however, persistent ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Otitis Media: Otitis media can be used to mean a middle ear infection with pus in the middle ear, or fluid in the middle ear without infection. If there is pus, acu ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Possible but...: Very rare in developed countries.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olayinka Adedayo
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: It can be a symptom.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: A middle ear space has a build up of mucous/pus/debris during infections which will usually prevent a loss of air from that space in a pressurized cab ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience in Pediatrics
See below: Most commonly ear pain and a fever. They are usually associated with cold symptoms. Some patients also complain of decreased hearing in the affected e ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
No : Otitis media often requires oral or occasionally injectable antibiotics treatment, especially in children 2 years and under.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not cured.: Recurrent otitis media implies chronic issues with the eustachian tube. In these cases, particularly if there is hearing loss +/- chronic middle ear f ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing).
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Warren
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Outer ear infection: It sounds like you may be suffering from a chronic outer ear infection. This can be caused by bacteria or fungus. If this has been going on for some t ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: I wonder if infant experiences simply a recurring or frequent ear infection or if infant carries a persistent middle ear effusion between the bouts o ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nudrat Nauman
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: The doctor has to look at the tympanic membrane or eardrum to diagnose an otitis media or middle ear infection. One can experience certain symptoms li ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection.Pain co ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience in Pediatrics
See below: Ear infections are normally associated with ear pain. You may also have a fever, decreased hearing, and cold symptoms.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe,maybe not: It is often used for this diagnosis.No matter what medicine is used, up to 10% may fail their first antibiotic due to germ resistance.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
diagnosed by exam: Om is diagnosed by inspecting the ear drum on physical exam and finding evidence of inflammation and or pus behind the ear drum. Some may also do a pr ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not needed: In general, fluid behind the ear drum by itself doesn't need an "antiseptic" or antibiotic. If the fluid is infected that is a different story and an ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Home remedies for OM: Most home remedies for otitis media aim to soothe or reduce the pain of the infection. You apply warm salt, oil or the oil from a spice into the ear c ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Holistic approach: Breathing in the vapors of warm lavender oil may help.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience in Adolescent Medicine
Viruses and bacteria: Most ear infections are caused by viruses. Most bacterial infections are caused by pneumococcus and haemophilus strains. Many bacterial ear infecti ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Not a good choice: It is not a good choice as it is expensive, comes in 3ml bottle and cost about 80 to 100 dollars.There are better and cheaper choices for treating swi ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
It can : Yes it can. Conductive hearing loss is a form of hearing impairment due to a lesion in the external auditory canal or middle ear.Untreated chronic ear ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Transient or prolonged hearing deficit is not uncommon though.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No idea!: Literally it means that you have high pulmonary blood pressure caused by a middle ear infection. But it makes no sense, because otitis media doesn't ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience in Adolescent Medicine
Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses.
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Dr. Gary Pitts
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: The same process that fills up the middle ear can cause changes that lead to vertigo in the inner ear.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
no: This medication is designed, tested and approved for treatment of eye disease.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Otitis media: No and yes. No it's not a long term condition and does not need to "be reported" and and yes it does go away after treatment.
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience in Pediatrics
Possibly............: Without examining you, it is difficult to know what this lump is, but i suspect that it is a swollen lymph node which has (properly) reacted to the in ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Myringotomy tubes: Myringomtomy tubes are tiny tubes placed surgically in the ear drum to prevent recollection of fluid in the middle ear space, thus reducing the need f ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Otitis: Azithromycin can be used for ear infections. But some are infected with bacteria that are resistant and need other antibiotics. But if it is sensitive ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If ... Read More
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