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Outer ear canal inchy 2 mos, no visible infection or wax per ent, no dx, no sign of skin issue, low anc, help plse.?

Outer ear canal inchy 2 mos, no visible infection or wax per ent, no dx, no sign of skin issue, low anc, help plse.?

Dermatitis: Probably a dermatitis of the ear canal skin. Usually this is aggravated by your using q-tips or otherwise trying to clean your ears. Try some over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream in the ear applied with a clean finger 4 times a day. Stay away from cleaning your ears as a rule. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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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


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I currently have some kind of outer ear infection. All my jaw and my ear bones are very painful. Also inflamated ear canal. I took ibuprohene but not helpful. Was wondering if 1mg dilaudid for pain and cyprofloxacin or corticosteroid drop would help?

I currently have some kind of outer ear infection. All my jaw and my ear bones are very painful. Also inflamated ear canal. I took ibuprohene but not helpful. Was wondering if 1mg dilaudid for pain and cyprofloxacin or corticosteroid drop would help?

Hard to say: It is clear you have made some assumptions about what is going on. Without a proper exam, it is hard to consider using a prescription at all, much less a controlled drug that might hide important symptoms. Drops only work in some ear conditions, not most. It is time to go to urgent care and have someone find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Swimmer's ear (outer ear canal infection) (Tip)

You don't have to be a swimmer to get swimmer's ear. If you're concerned, ask your doctor! ...See more

Dr. Felecia Sumner Dr. Sumner
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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or a shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use acetaminophen or warm compresses to minimize pain
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Had swimmers ear infection had neomycin drops, my ear outside of canal and lobe swollen and inflamed? My outside ear is very large compared to other

Had swimmers ear infection had neomycin drops,  my ear outside of canal and lobe swollen and inflamed? My outside ear is very large compared to other

Cellulitis: It seems you have developed periauricular cellulitis as a complication of otitis externa and need oral antibiotics please see a doctor. I am guessing you have warmth, erythema and edema (inflammation) of the affected ear. ...Read more

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I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

Swimmers ear: Swimmers ear usually presents as pain in the external parts of the ear--often the canal itself but can extend to the lobe. It is treated with drops usually if it is confined to true canal bough if it extends to the lobe and becomes severe enough it may need to be treated with oral or even IV systemic medication. ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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How to know if I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

How to know if I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

Looking at it.: Doctors know what swimmer's ear look like. They can decide to take a culture in rare cases to confirm. We use an otoscope to examine the ears. Something not really possible for the person suffering the infection. So the answer is: Physical exam and history. ...Read more

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How should I treat an ear canal infection (otitis externa)?

How should I treat an ear canal infection (otitis externa)?

See below: This type of ear infection is treated with prescription antibiotic ear drops. The otc swimmer's ear drops can help prevent swimmer's ear, but they are not effective treatment. ...Read more

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I have ear canal infection and swelling, what to do for treatment?

Call doctor: Call your physician to get an appointment to get your ear looked at, then appropriate medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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If debris is present in the ear canal even after using the ear drops,can the infection recur when cessation of medication?

If debris is present in the ear canal even after using the ear drops,can the infection recur when cessation of medication?

Don'tMicroDitchDig: It's possible, but I wouldn't go batty trying to dig it out. If , after a few showers, you think there's still some in there and that bothers you, you really should have someone look at it again with the proper equipment, like, say....a doctor or nurse or PA-and not you, or your car mechanic. Usually, whatever debris is left has been sterilized by the drops but, it could set-up another infection.. ...Read more

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Swimmer's ear (outer ear canal infection) (Tip)

The ear will hurt some. Be sure to use prescribed drops, but don't swim while using them. ...See more

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Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Eustachian Tube: A clogged ear with no infection or fluid in the ear is usually the result of a poorly functioning eustachian tube. This is the connection from the middle ear to the nose, responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the ear.When clogged, the ear feels full or stuffy. ...Read more

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Infection- ear canal. Prescribed NeomycinPolymyxinDex. Been taking properly for 4 days; hearing got worse. True that this drug can cause hearing loss?

Infection- ear canal. Prescribed NeomycinPolymyxinDex. Been taking properly for 4 days; hearing got worse. True that this drug can cause hearing loss?

Unlikely: No, it's unlikely that this drug will cause hearing loss. If you had a hole in the ear drum then the solution (not the suspension) could cause some issues but that's incredibly rare. The decreased hearing is likely from the buildup of pus and wax in the ear canal. You can do a gentle irrigation to get some of that out. ...Read more

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Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Let a doc look: The external ear canal shouldn't swell with a sinus infection. The little eustachian tube could get plugged with mucous, but you couldn't tell by looking--it's internal. ...Read more

Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
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Swimmer's ear (outer ear canal infection) (Tip)

A 1 to 1 mix of white vinager ; boiled water, 3-4 drops 3x a day for 5 days or to be used regularly. ...See more

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My 3 year old is on her 2nd set of pe tubes (t&a removed).Left tube is in the ear canal & is infectioned.Is it recommended/safe to replace this tube?

Ear tubes: If the tube has come out and infections return, it is reasonable to replace the tube. Consider adenoidectomy if it hasn't been done yet. Don't worry, your child will most likely grow out of this. ...Read more

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My mid ear canal infection was discovered after a flight home impaired part my hearing. Its now the 8th of 10 days im on biaxin (clarithromycin) w no improvement. Why?

My mid ear canal infection was discovered after a flight home impaired part my hearing. Its now the 8th of 10 days im on biaxin (clarithromycin) w no improvement. Why?

Seros otitis media: More than likely you have sterile fluid in the middle ear. This can last for some time. You are not equalizing the pressure on each side of the middle ear. The eustachian tube is not functioning well and equalizing the pressure. There are some exercises to help with this and some medications to help. Give it a bit of time and if not responding, see an ent. You may end up with a tube placed. ...Read more

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Painless Pimple/cyst in ear canal, busted. How should I proceed with cleaning out pus-afraid to clean with qtip due to pushing the infection deeper?

Painless Pimple/cyst in ear canal, busted. How should I proceed with cleaning out pus-afraid to clean with qtip due to pushing the infection deeper?

Allow drainage: To encourage spontaneous drainage of an abscess, warm moist compresses can by applied with gentle pressure. Squeezing or pressing on the site should be avoided. If possible, keeping the site moist by applying antibacterial ointment will help prevent crusting over, which prevents drainage (usually key in healing). ...Read more

Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
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Swimmer's ear (outer ear canal infection) (Tip)

If susceptible to se, use water/vinager drops after each swim. ...See more

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Why does my ear canal always itch? Only my right ear. No ear infection. Tmj on right side.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Why does my ear canal always itch? Only my right ear. No ear infection. Tmj on right side.

TMJ dysfunction: The most ear pain and ear itching is not caused by an inner ear infection, rather, TMJ more commonly is the culprit. The good news is that after the temporo-mandibular joint disorder is treated, the ear pain will resolve. See your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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If fungal debris is present in the ear canal even after using the antifungal ear drops,Will there be a possibility of recurrence of the infection?

If fungal debris is present in the ear canal even after using the antifungal ear drops,Will there be a possibility of recurrence of the infection?

Possibly: There is always a possibility of recurrence of fungal infections due to re-exposure and possibly an innate susceptibility. There is no need to scrub your ear canals to remove "fungal debris" to reduce your risk. Simply keep your ear canals dry, keep your ear buds clean (possibly switch to over-the-ear style headphones), and see your physician for examination if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Swimmer's ear (outer ear canal infection) (Tip)

Ask your doctor how what you should do when water gets in your ears if you can't use qtips. ...See more

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Getting over ear infection. Fluid gone. Feels like inflated balloon still in ear canal...Finished zpak antibiotic?

Getting over ear infection.  Fluid gone. Feels like inflated balloon still in ear canal...Finished zpak antibiotic?

Be patient: The medication stays in your system for about 2 wks even though you finish it in 6 days. It can also take several more weeks for the residual fluid to be replaced by air. There may be a transient period where the eustachian tube does not function properly and leaves a vacuum like pressure in the middle ear. By 3-4 weeks from the start of treatment most will resolve. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about mold in an ear canal? My sons ent says he has a yeast infection but it wont clear up. Could mold in our home be causing it?

Do you know anything about mold in an ear canal? My sons ent says he has a yeast infection but it wont clear up. Could mold in our home be causing it?

Possibly though: Fungal infections in the ear is usually due to local factors in the ear, humidity, warmth and poor exposure to light; swimming, abrasion of the ear canal from excessive cleaning/scratching, use of antibiotics predispose to fungal infections. Several rounds of cleaning and antifungal drops maybe required for resolution. Option remains for oral of IV antifungals. stick with the ENT; patience ...Read more

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I had my ear irrigated, then the ear canal became itchy, then i got a middle ear infection, now the infection has gone its itchy again? What will help

I had my ear irrigated, then the ear canal became itchy, then i got a middle ear infection, now the infection has gone its itchy again? What will help

Tincture of time: And try not to submit to scratching the itch too much. This is likely self limited. Ask your doctor if there is some type of moisturizing or anti-itch cream you could put on (very small amounts) but i would not recommend applying it with anything like a q-tip or anything. Remember, nothing should go in your ear except your elbow! lol! hear! hear! ...Read more

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If Cortisporin is placed on an actively bleeding wound in the ear canal (no infection) can the neomycin be absorbed into the bloodstream. Ototoxicity?

If Cortisporin is placed on an actively bleeding wound in the ear canal (no infection) can the neomycin be absorbed into the bloodstream. Ototoxicity?

Not Really Unless: Not really unless you put the drops every few hours.But the question is why would you use cortisporin drops in the ear when there is no infection.It is toop far fetched to think you will get ototoxicity from the drops,Why you ask this question? Not relevant on this site.Hope I answered to your satisfaction ...Read more

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I have an ear infection with swollen ear canal and sore jaw with signs of blood?

Get treated: You appear to have an infection that is causing you some discomfort to say the least. See a dr, possibly an urgicare center is open at this time, and you can get the proper treatment you need. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

Possibly: Tubes do not prevent ear infections, despite the common misconception to that effect. That said, if the canal is inflamed, it can sometimes indicate an infection, so have her seen. You do not mention her age, but some children will have a tendency to play with their ears, just because they find them. Treat her for fever if she develops one, and have her seen. ...Read more

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Have scalp dermatitis in ear; outer ear canal transient numbness/"sensations"1-2 x/day/1-2 minTreatment?

Have scalp dermatitis in ear; outer ear canal transient numbness/"sensations"1-2 x/day/1-2 minTreatment?

Ear dermatitis /numb: Is it just dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis? and though not the usual rash make sure with numbness it is not lyme disease. Sometimes get scalp dermatitis from food allergies , so may do elimination diet off dairy x 14 days then off gluten x 14 and see if a difference. Would follow up with dermatologist ...Read more

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I have really itchy outer ear canal?

Itchy ears,: Commonest is from dry canal skin,like dandruff,either from lack of wax,psoriasis,shampoo settling and drying in your canal,,avoiding Q tips,not letting in soap or shampoo,cover the ears when having your hair done,and ,seek help,in way of ear drops, ...Read more

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I have a hard pimple (no colour) on my outer ear near my ear canal. The first days it was painful now it's not. I have it for a week. should I worry?

Don't worry: It sounds like you have a small cyst. Do no worry but try applying some warm compresses to it. Put warm water on a washcloth and hold it to your ear a couple times a day. It should resolve on its own in a week or two. If it does not, or if it enlarges see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ear Canal Infection (Definition)

Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of ...Read more