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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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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I have acute otitis media as well as eustachian tube dysfunction and have noticed a painful swollen area behind my ear...Is this normal? What can help

I have acute otitis media as well as eustachian tube dysfunction and have noticed a painful swollen area behind my ear...Is this normal? What can help

Possible lymph node: If it a small pea to marble sized lump, it is likely a lymph node that has become swollen in response to the infection. Motrin should help and it should resolve as the infection resolves. If the whole area is swollen, you should see your doctor as this may represent a very rare, but possibly dangerous complication of an ear infection - mastoiditis. ...Read more

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Pain lower back right side for over a month. Cloudy urine, ceftin (cefuroxime) for otitis media(not helping). Swollen glands in neck & under arms. Dr says glands feel fine and are just reactive. What can it be?

Pain lower back right side for over a month. Cloudy urine, ceftin (cefuroxime) for otitis media(not helping). Swollen glands in neck & under arms. Dr says glands feel fine and are just reactive. What can it be?

Complicated: On the top of your otitis acute or chronic (not clear from the presentattion) and lymphadenitis you might have confiding urolythiasis (stone in the kidney). Kidney ultrasound would help. Continue antibiotics for otitis full course as your doctor prescribed, get re-evaluation after treatment. If no improvement from the treatment you might need to get ENT (ear doc) referal. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do about acute otitis media or otitis media w/ effusion?

Is there anything i can do about acute otitis media or otitis media w/ effusion?

Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection.Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. Infants should see their doc. ...Read more

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Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks

Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks

??Dangerous ??: I would consider it unusual and a nuisance but not dangerous. If it led to a perforated ear drum, those do take much longer to heal and may require surgery. Adults who get acute otitis generally did so as kids, and many have allergic and or sinus issues that predispose to the problem. I can't buy a cancer or immune defect as a significant factor. ...Read more

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Would azithromycin cure acute otitis media?

Would azithromycin cure acute otitis media?

Maybe,maybe not: It is often used for this diagnosis.No matter what medicine is used, up to 10% may fail their first antibiotic due to germ resistance. ...Read more

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Would azithromycin (zithromax) cure acute otitis media?

Would azithromycin (zithromax) cure acute otitis media?

Maybe,maybe not: It is often used for this diagnosis.No matter what medicine is used, up to 10% may fail their first antibiotic due to germ resistance. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

No: An ear infection can affect balance and equilibrium, characteristics critical in martial arts. You can hurt yourself or be hurt if not fully recovered. Give it some time. ...Read more

Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more