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How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight

How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight

Z-PAC virus: How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight. ANS: A Z-PAC does nothing for a virus ear infection. Only if if is bacterial. ...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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Are ear infections very contagious?

Are ear infections very contagious?

Not likely: An outer ear infection is infection of the skin of the ear canal, while a middle ear infection starts with eustachian tube blockage. Neither are contagious. ...Read more

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Are ear infections contagious to others?

Are ear infections contagious to others?

No: The upper respiratory infection that may precede the ear infection can easily spread to susceptible contacts. However, the events that result in the invasion of a kids middle ear by germs are not. ...Read more

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Are ear infections contagious to others?

Are ear infections contagious to others?

No: Although the cold that may have preceded the ear infection may be contagious, the otitis is not. Common throat germs from the kids own mouth & throat will invade the ear from the eustachian tube if conditions are favorable. Once there, they are confined to the middle ear space. ...Read more

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Do you know are ear infections contagious?

Do you know are ear infections contagious?

No: An upper respiratory infection may set up the conditions favorable to an ear infection and that can be contagious. However, the ear infection is generally due to germs already present in the patients airway and throat that take the opportunity to cause the ear infection. That germ is not passed from one patient to another. ...Read more

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Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Yes/no: If you feel well enough to attend and benefit from a class you are free to go. Ear infections are not contagious. Any cold or other problem you bay have in addition to the ear infection might be. ...Read more

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Is my toddler contagious with ear infection and low grade fever?

Is my toddler contagious with ear infection and low grade fever?

Yes: An ear infection is not contagious, but the cold or upper respiratory illness he had that caused the ear infection is. Good rule of thumb is that he should be fever free for 24 hours before being considered not contagious. ...Read more

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I had an ear infection witch turned into conjunctivitis a year an a half ago im still contagious yet my optometrist thinks im fine?

I had an ear infection witch turned into conjunctivitis a year an a half ago im still contagious yet my optometrist thinks im fine?

Contagion is unclear: Often the same germs that cause an ear infection will also be responsible for a sinus infection and conjunctivitis, but the infection usually completely resolves with Rx or time. Eventually an individual may become immune to these bacteria and no longer get ill from them but could still be present and potentially pass them to others, ie, be a "carrier." This is common with strep throat germs. ...Read more

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My daughter has had unexplained fever for 4 nights now. She ended antiboitcs for sinus/ear infection over a week ago. Not contagious?

Viral = contagious: Routine ear infections usually don't need antibiotics. Neither do most sinus infections. The viruses that cause most upper respiratory infections are contagious. Consider her contagious especially while having fevers. Take her to her doctor to evaluate for the unexplained fever. ...Read more

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Our dog has a strep ear infection (it was cultured). What kind of strep is that and is it contagious to my 12 mo old or me (I'm 14 weeks pregnant).?

Our dog has a strep ear infection (it was cultured). What kind of strep is that and is it contagious to my 12 mo old or me (I'm 14 weeks pregnant).?

Hard to say: Strep is a family name like Jones or Smith. Group a Streptococcus is the germ of strep throat, While group B strep is a cause of newborn infections. Unless your culture actually went far enough to do specific typing, and you provide us with that detail, no realistic answer can be provided. ...Read more

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What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Ear infection: Depends on what part of the ear is infected. Usually fullness and pressure type pain. At times pulsating. The tympanic membrane is dull or irritated and may be bulging. Hearing is reduced and there may be dizzyness. May or may not be fever. ...Read more

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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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