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I have tingling on the left side of my face, and I've been having sharp pains and stuffiness in my right ear on and off, could it be an ear infection?
Tingling: An ear infection can produce pain on the side of your face and head, but usually not tingling of the face, unless the infection is producing swelling and compressing nerves which travel near the ear. You definitely need someone to look in your ear and treat a possible ear infection before it worsens and damages your ear drum. Also consider shingles or Bell's palsy as a possible diagnosis. ...Read more
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
Would an inner ear infection cause a tingling sensation on the side of the face where the infected ear is located?
It might: The nerve that brings sensation to the face passes through a canal in the skull close to the middle ear, so inflammation there could cause nerve symptoms. If there is no resolution, other causes need to be considered. The reverse may be true, inflammation of the nerve can cause inner ear symptoms. ...Read more
Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more
In most cases it should be fine... But:
if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming.
If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting.
If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more
Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more
Heat: Often kids have some releaf if they put their hurt ear down on a heating pad or compress at a low heat level. The diffuse heat messages going to the brain seem to deminish the ear pain some. If over 6mo I prefer ibuprophen for the discomfort. ...Read more
Ear Infection: Most ear infections follow a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Over the counter nasal decongestant sprays may help open up your eustachian tube, the opening from your nose to your ear. When this plugs up, we get ear infections. Gently blowing your nose with your mouth closed may clear your ears. If not, go see your primary care provider for antibiotics. ...Read more
Ibuprofen, tylenol (acetaminophen): Pain from the ear infection typically presents with inflammation local to the area around the infection. Treating the infection slowly brings the inflammation down but Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) can help with the immediate pain in the meantime. ...Read more
Earring infection: First make sure you do not have a hypersensitivity reaction to nickle. Earrings should be taken out in any case. If the infection is in the lobe of the ear it may heal on its own w/frequent cleaning w/a disinfectant cleansing agent. If it is in the upper ear or cartilage or if it is a lobe infection that is very swollen ; painful with cellulitis you should see a doc for cultures +/- antibiotic. ...Read more
NO: There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc. ...Read more
Treat it: Ear infewctions can resolve on their own...If there is much pain, then be seen. Garlic and willow (or garlic/mullein or garlic/goldenseal) can alleviate the pain. Homeopathic remedies like pulsatilla, chamomille, and belladonna can help. (get the book homeopathy at home by m panos) antibiotics rarely needed but are in some cases. Some cases are improved with chiropractic and craniosacral therapy. ...Read more
Maybe: Ear pain is one of the criteria needed to make a diagnosis of an ear infection. The pain is often continual and moderately severe, unlike the ear pain associated with congestion, which is not as severe, intermittent and the affected person often describes muffled sounds and a popping sensation in the ear. The only only way to definitively make the diagnosis is for a medical professional to look. ...Read more
No: Most ear infections tend to clear on their own without antibiotics. ...Read more
If you mean external ear infection, then the best way to avoid one is to keep your ears dry while bathing and swimming. Also don't use q-tips or other devices to clean ear canals.
Middle ear infections can't be prevented per se. They can occur during or after a cold, or during flare up of allergies. They can occur for no clear reason. In general, the better your overall health, the lower the risk. ...Read more
Inner ear infections: Anatomically ear is divided into external ear, middle ear (consisting of ossicles), inner ear (consisting of cochlea, vestibular apparatus) when you are asking about inner ear I am assuming you are asking about the middle ear (infections may be bacterial or fungal most often). These infections can be cured with antibiotics, or antifungals- rarely surgery. ...Read more
? your question is?: To best use the public Healthtap site, you submit background info and ask a related question. We do not provide diagnosis and treatment. There is an affiliated site, Healthtap prime where you can arrange for a paid doctor consultation. Check the site for details. Ear infections require an exam for proper treatment. If you believe your kid has a treatable problem, arrange for him to be evaluated. ...Read more
Examine the eardrum: The hallmark of an acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media, or aom) is sudden onset of pain in the ear, sometimes with a fever or stuffy nose. The pain tends to be worse during the night hours and while lying down. In babies, the first sign may be obviously worse sleep. Your doctor can examine the ear and tell you if your baby has the fluid and redness in the ear that signal an infection. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more