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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?

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

Ear Infections (Definition)

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


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Would an inner ear infection cause a tingling sensation on the side of the face where the infected ear is located?

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

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an ear infection?

How do I know if I have an ear infection?

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

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Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Generally yes: 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

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What to do if I have a double ear infection?

What to do if I have a double ear infection?

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

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How can I relieve the pain for an ear infection?

How can I relieve the pain for an ear infection?

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

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I have a case of ear infection. What should I do?

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

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How can I help soothe pain from an ear infection?

How can I help soothe pain from an ear infection?

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

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How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

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

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I would like guide to ways to cure an ear infection?

I would like guide to ways to cure an ear infection?

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

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I would like guide to ways to treat an ear infection?

Pain management: First line of treatment - pain relief
if pain not subsiding in 2-3 days - start antibiotics. ...Read more

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How would I be able to tell if I have an ear infection?

How would I be able to tell if I have an ear infection?

Ear Infection: You may have severe ear pain, but it may be caused by an ear infection, sinusitis, TMJ disease or any other cause. Please see your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what should you do with an ear infection?

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

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What to do if I think I have an ear infection. Please help?

Ear infection: You need to go see your primary care provider. If you don't have one, there should be an urgent care clinic in your area. You might need to be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if I have an ear infection?

Examination: An ear infection may cause fullness in the ear, pain or decreased hearing in the ear. There may be a discharge form the ear canal. It may also cause swelling around the lymph nodes in the neck. There may be a fever or referred pain to another part of the head. ...Read more

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I think that I have a ear infection due to pain. Am I right?

I think that I have a ear infection due to pain. Am I right?

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

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Could I use doxy-cycl for ear infection?

Could I use doxy-cycl for ear infection?

Ear infection: The organisms that typically cause ear infections would not, for the most part, respond to Doxycycline. If you suspect you have an ear infection, best to see your provider. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent an ear infection?

What can I do to prevent an ear infection?

Ear Infections: 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

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How should I treat my ear infection at home?

See a doctor: These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

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

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I think my 9 year old son has an ear infection?

? 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

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Symptom ear infectio: Babies with ear infections may have fever, ear pain (tug at ears), ear drainage, irritability. Sometimes they may have very little to no symptoms and the infection is detected when their doctors check their ears. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

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

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How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

To determine: Type of ear infection - recommend medical evaluation. It isn't something that you would automatically be able to self diagnose by listing sx's. Take care ...Read more

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How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

Ear infection: Hello, symptoms of an ear infection include fever, irritability, and possible your child pulling at her ear. The best is to see your pediatrician for confirmation and treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more