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A 41-year-old member asked:

hi doctors, can you tell me what is otitis media and otitis externa?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 otitis media implys germs inside the ear drum in the middle chamber.Otitis externa implys germs or inflammation of the canal.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is otitis media painful?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Often otitis media is painful due to the pressure build up in the middle ear from the infection.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine 32 years experience
With recurrent otitis media, i often find that the temporal bone is restricted in either internal or external rotation on the affected side. Osteopathic cranial work can assist
Feb 14, 2012
A 51-year-old member asked:

Just got home from doctor. She said I have otitis media. Looked it up online and now more confused that ever. Can you explain what it means to have it?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Otitis Media/ Acute: Otitis media (OM) is generally used to describe middle ear inflammation. There can be fluid or pus in the middle ear. When there is pus, we often used the term acute otitis media. If it's fluid, the term serous otitis media is used.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
excellent answer! See your local ENT if the fluid persists beyong three months or you notice a decrease in hearing.
Mar 29, 2012
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Agree entirely. Particularly concerning the potential for hearing loss. This can be subtle but if you suspect any changes, see your doctor.
Mar 29, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can do to deal with the pain of otitis externa?

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Dr. Michael Armstrong
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
See an ENT: For more details, see my patient information sheet at http://www.Richmondent.Com/assets/downloads/ear-nose-throat/ears-hearing/swimmers-ear.Pdf.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is otitis media vs otitis externa?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 otitis media implys germs inside the ear drum in the middle chamber.Otitis externa implys germs or inflammation of the canal.

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