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How can you tell if you have ear infection? do only babies and elders get ear infections?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Pain & hearing Loss: Anyone can get an ear infection. There are three types:1) outer - very painful and ear is tender to touch 2) middle - pain in ear but outer ear not tender to touch with decreased hearing 3) inner - usually no pain at all - can cause dizziness/hearing loss.
Dr. Johnstone Kim
Retinal Surgery 14 years experience
Anyone can: A lot of different symptoms include ear pain, decrease hearing, pressure sensation, fever, chills. If you think you have an ear infection see your doctor.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How to tell if my ear infection is getting better or worse?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
What? WHAT?!: You have to judge--are symptoms improving, staying the same, or worsening--and how many days on antibiotics? If less than 3 days, may take a bit longer to notice change. If longer, call dr as might need change. If not using decongestant (afrin nasal spray if have high-bp) to help open up eustachian tubes & allow drainage, try that. If hearing decreases, see dr for fluid buildup behind ear drum.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What to do if i keep getting ear infection constantly why do I get them?

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Dr. Bin Sung
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Pediatrics 34 years experience
Anatomical?: I wonder if you are an adult or a child as different age groups have different reasons. However, if you have frequent and/ or recurrent ear infection, middle ear, then your friendly ENT will be your best help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does getting an ear infection makes you more prone to get more?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: The causes of ear infections vary by the age of the person. Small children have tight anatomy and are much more prone to repeat infections, while adults without underlying pathology are less likely to worry about that. If an adult had ear problems all their lives, then yes.

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