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A 35-year-old member asked:

does z-pack always work for my sinus infections?

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Dr. John McClay
Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Often not always: A z-pack, or 3 to 5 day course or zithromax (azithromycin) has been a commonly used antibiotic for over 15 years. It penetrates into the tissue well and stays there longer than other antibiotcs, so you can take it for only 5 days. But resistance by bacteria is dramatic because of this "hanging around". However it often makes you feel better because it has great anti-inflammatory properties too.

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: If your child has recently been diagnosed with an ear infection there may be an increased risk of eardrum rupture with the changes in pressure that occur during flight.
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What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
30 ? : There are some children who will never have an ear infection. Some will have a whole bunch. The exact incidence is not important. By age 2, you'll know what the story is. Being around smokers, being in daycare, having allergies, will all predispose to ear infections. The more exposure to irritants and viruses, the more likely. Good nutrition, treating allergies, avoiding smoke exposure, helps.
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What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
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Irritation: Vaginal irritation, tenderness, and external vaginal burning when urinating are the most common symptoms of vaginal yeast infection.
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How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Cough, fever, crying: It's really only a diagnosis a doctor can make by looking inside the ear. Pain, . Fever and cough are common symptoms, though, and should prompt a doctor visit.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
There are some things that would confirm your suspicion of an ear infection. The first is active pus draining from the ear. In addition, when there are symptoms of pain or fever, if there is hearing loss. The definitive test, though, is to look in the ear canal and see the ear drum.
Aug 15, 2013
Dr. Michael Jaindl
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Ear infections in children are usually external (swimmers ear) or middle ear infections. Swimmers ear can often be seen as a swollen canal and the ear is painful to touch. Middle ear infections often begin as an ear ache and may be associated with a cold or upper respiratory infection. If the ear drum ruptures there is usually relief from the pain and drainage from the ear.
Oct 7, 2013
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is best treatment for an eye infection?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Hygiene, antibiotics: Depends upon the type of organism. If bacterial there are effective antibiotics. If viral hygiene is most important. If herpes, there is a good antiviral. Your ophthalmologist can evaluate your eye and sort this out.

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