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what is acute otitis media?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Middle ear infection: Acute otitis media: otitis means inflammation of the ear and media refers to middle. So acute otitis media is an acute inflammation of the middle ear generally caused by a bacterial or viral infection.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Middle ear infection: "acute" = recent onset. "otitis" = ear infection. "media" = the middle ear space, the space behind the ear drum but before the inner ear area. (inner ear are is the area that effects balance.) acute otitis media is the common term docs use for a middle ear infection which is often a complication form a cold, smoke exposure, allergies - anything that can cause congestion in the upper airways.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
AcuteMiddleEarInfect: Acute Otitis Media is the term used for acute infection in the middle ear usually presents with fever,earache with or without discharge

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Acute otitis media, how long does it last?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you please suggest treatment of acute otitis media..?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
OTITIS MEDIA is-: Middle ear infection. Bacteria enters from upper respiratory tract/nose thru the eustacian tube. As middle ear is a close empty cavity, bacteria grows easily. Treatment is antibiotic for about 10 days which is a prescription med. For relief of pain, take Ibuprofen as per weight. Keep nose clean, drink enough water. Make appointment with your primary care doc. For an exam and treatment.
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I was wondering what are the main pathogens in acute otitis media?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
OTITIS MEDIA- CAUSES: Bacteria: strep pneumoniae (came down from 50% to 34% due to pcv vaccine); hemophilus influenzae (nontypable); moraxella catarrhalis; staphylococcus aureus; group a strep; mycoplasma (rarely). Viruses: rsv; influenza; adenoviurses. Fungal: less common, seen in immuno-compromized persons, e.g. Candida, aspergilla.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Please explain if it is possible to fix acute otitis media ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between acute and chronic otitis media?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Acute vs. Chronic: Acute otitis media is an acute illness with findings of inflammation of the mucosa of the middle ear as well as middle ear fluid. Chronic otitis media is diagnosed when there is a tympanic membrane perforation in the setting of chronic or recurrent ear infections, i.e. chronic purulent ear drainage despite appropriate antibiotic treatment.

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