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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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How to stop pain from inner ear infection?

How to stop pain from inner ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus. If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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What does an inner ear infection feel like?

What does an inner ear infection feel like?

Dizzy: You can feel nauseated and dizzy because it affects the part of your inner ear that affects balance. ...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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How could an inner ear infection heal itself?

How could an inner ear infection heal itself?

Ear infections: Depends what you mean by 'inner' ear infection. A middle ear infection usually drains down the Eustachian tube into the back of throat or drains through a ruptured ear drum due to pressure, and hole in drum then usually heals. A real 'inner' ear infection is called 'labrynthitis' or 'vestibular neuritis' and is usually inflammatory or post-viral rather than infectious, so resolves usually. ...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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Can i exercise if I have an inner ear infection?

Can i exercise if I have an inner ear infection?

Yes: It may hurt a but with movement, but exercise is fine. You may want to take something like Ibuprofen 1 hour prior to working out. ...Read more

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Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Not good idea: Sure you are talking about an inner ear infection? Anyway, not a good idea. See an ENT before considering doing so. ...Read more

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Please tell me symptoms of a inner ear infection?

Inner ear infection: The inner ear is important for hearing and equilibrium. Its infection is manifested by reduced hearing, ringing, blance problems including dizziness, unstable gait, etc. ...Read more

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How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

OM : Symptoms of ear infection should resolve in 2 -3 days . Complete resolution of ear fluids may take up to 3 weeks. ...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 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


Inner Ear (Definition)

The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more