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My left inner ear is a bit sensitive the past few days. could this be the start of an infection, if so what can i do to prevent it from getting worse?

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Exam: Have it examined and if the ear canal shows signs of infection, you will need a topical antibiotic generally mixed with a steroid. Less likely it may be a concern for a viral infection. All the best.This is often called a swimmer’s ear.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Inner ear sensitive.: This could be the start of an infection, either an ear infection primarily or a component of a sinus infection. Could be allergies. An evaluation locally would be a good idea - have the ear examined along with a good physical examination of the throat, sinuses and such.

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