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what is otitis media?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous & cause infection.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Middle ear infection: Acute otitis media is the medical name for a middle ear infection. Otitis media with effusion is a collection of sterile inflammatory fluid in the middle ear.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Middle ear infection: Otitis Media is the term used for infection in the middle ear

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A 34-year-old member asked:

When can I fly after otitis media?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Flying with OM: You should be able to fly with otitis media (om), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear(s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear(s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear(s) take Claritin and sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and afrin (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Otitis media is characterised by what?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Ear infections are normally associated with ear pain. You may also have a fever, decreased hearing, and cold symptoms.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Could recurring otitis media be cured ?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Recurrent otitis: Talk to a ear doctor about tympanostomy tubes to help you.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What the heck is otitis media?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection.
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What causes otitis media?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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, colds, or sinusitis. Natural moisture in the middle ear then has trouble leaving the middle ear, and becomes visible liquid (can often be seen as bubbles on the inside of the eardrum). Bacteria growing in that liquid turns it cloudy with infection.

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