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I have been getting frequent ear infections due to sinus problems. What's the best way to prevent these if your tubes don't drain right?

Sticky snot: Most cases due non allergic rhinitis. Nose is filter- think all pollution in air- molds, dust. Dust mite poop, viruses. Nose produces mucous to capture particles. But w enuf irritation, environmental dryness, snot thickens. Best consult family doc or ent. There are nasal corticosteroid. All drainage goes over tubes middle ear. Otc_ neil med nasal wash and saline sprays to clear nasal passages. ...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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When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

Ear infection: The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. ...Read more

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What is the best middle ear infection antibiotic?

What is the best middle ear infection antibiotic?

None: Most cases of otitis media (middle ear infection) may not need antibiotic treatment. When they do there are multiple choices and whether one is "better" than another depends upon the results and the potential for side-effects. ...Read more

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My son doesn't respond well to amoxicillin for ear infections/strep, what would be the best antibiotic for him to take?

My son doesn't respond well to amoxicillin for ear infections/strep, what would be the best antibiotic for him to take?

Hard to say: The strep germ is universally sensitive to any penicillin drug, so any perceived failure to amoxicillin is likely a reinfection or a strep carrier problem. The 1st drug tried for an otitis fails about 10% of the time regardless of drug used. The drug that will work depends on the sensitivity of the germ, that changes with each infection, so there is no perfect choice. Luckily we have several ...Read more

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More aware of heart beat. Feels like it beats harder. A lot of sinus and ear infection issues constantly?

More aware of heart beat. Feels like it beats harder. A lot of sinus and ear infection issues constantly?

Eustachian Tube: Your sinus and ear infections will bring on eustachian tube dysfunction-air cannot get into the middle ear, pressure drops, sucking the eardrum inward and stopping movement in response to sound waves. You will be more aware of your heart beat and sound is often muffled and reduced. Chewing, swallowing or yawning can improve this along with improved cold and sinus sx's: decongestants/antihistamines ...Read more

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On day 6 of cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg1 tablet 2x per day for sinus and ear infection. Inner ears still hurt and am now running a low fever. Possible reasons?

On day 6 of cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg1 tablet 2x per day for sinus and ear infection. Inner ears still hurt and am now running a low fever. Possible reasons?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): Cipro (ciprofloxacin) treats some bacterial sinus/ear infections, but the fact is most sinus and ear infections in adults and children are viral and would be unaffected by antibiotics. Worsening symptoms indicate either inflammation/fluid accumulation and may be relieved with netti-pot, antihistamines, time. But, if this is bacterial, worsening suggests resistance and the need for a different antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have sinus and ear infection. I'm on zpack 3rd pill, 48 hrs. No relief of ear, asthma flare up, green stuff from nose and cough. When will meds work?

I have sinus and ear infection. I'm on zpack 3rd pill, 48 hrs. No relief of ear, asthma flare up, green stuff from nose and cough. When will meds work?

A few days: It takes a few days, and sometimes an antibiotic doesn't help at all. Most problems like this are due to viruses or allergy. A nasal decongestant (e.g. oxymetazoline spray like Afrin) and/or asthma inhaler may help. See your doctor right away if you are short of breath or have asthmatic wheezing. Otherwise, give if another 3-4 days then contact the doctor if no better. ...Read more

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How quickly should get checked if u think you have a throat, sinus and ear infection and chest cold?

How quickly should get checked if u think you have a throat, sinus and ear infection and chest cold?

Today: Today, if you have a strep throat get a culture and start treatment. If its flu you will be able to be treated. This way you will miss less work or school. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose and write script for sinus infection or ear infection?

Can you diagnose and write script for sinus infection or ear infection?

I do every day: If you are asking if we do it on the public site, the answer is no. Read the site rules and tags after the answer. This public site is primarily for medical information. Healthtap offers the chance to locate an affiliated doc locally for your health needs. There is also a concierge service. My state requires an established physician patient relationship, exam and permanent record for any such rx ...Read more

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Whut can I take over-the-counter for ear infection from drainage from sinus?

Whut can I take over-the-counter for ear infection from drainage from sinus?

Ear and sinus: Hello. I would recommend saline irrigation after using afrin. Afrin only for 5 days but keep the saline going until your ear improves. Mucinex (guaifenesin) will help keep fluid thin and watery. Finally Ibuprofen will help with pain and inflammation. Good luck. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

Infections: It is not easy to be sure if you have a sinus infection but some of the symptoms are stuffiness, pressure over your sinuses, head ache and a lengthy persistence of the symptoms. Ear infections often hurt and often cause a decrease in you hearing. To be sure and treat it properly go see you doctor. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

Similar timing!: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating sinus congestion may help overall discomfort and pain from that pressure. ...Read more

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My son is 12 yrs old and weighs 112 lbs. Is Amox/K Clav 875-125mg too high of a dose for a sinus/ear infection??

My son is 12 yrs old and weighs 112 lbs. Is Amox/K Clav 875-125mg too high of a dose for a sinus/ear infection??

Pretty standard: Dosing for sinus and ear infections are much higher than those for simple urinary tract or chest infections. This is a normal dosing at this age. The med covers some of the partially resistant pneumoccal germs known as a major cause as well as weaker germs that would respond to less med. ...Read more

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I am pretty sure I have a sinus infection with double ear infection, but don't have a dr. Appointment until tomorrow, what can I take now to help?

I am pretty sure I have a sinus infection with double ear infection, but don't have a dr. Appointment until tomorrow, what can I take now to help?

Nasal rinse: Saline nasal rinse with neti pot, decongestant (pseudoephredrine) and an otc antiinflammatory may tide you over. Your friendly pharmacist can help. Hope this clears up quickly. ...Read more

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Hi can a sinus mucosal disease cause ear infections?

Hi can a sinus mucosal disease cause ear infections?

All connected: The middle ear by some ENT experts is considered part of the sinus system in the head, yes it can be affected by sinus disease, and can have otitis media ...Read more

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What is a sinus plate in the context of middle ear infections?

What is a sinus plate in the context of middle ear infections?

Sorry: I am not sure what you mean by a sinus plate. Could you be more specific? I can reassure you that a middle ear infection does not cause sinusitis. It is true however at age 31 that a viral infection in the nose and back of the nose can lead to a simultaneous infection in the paranasal sinuses and the middle ear. But middle ear
infections always start in the back of the nose. ...Read more

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My 9 month old was just diagnosed with a double ear infection and a sinus infection at the same time. Is this common and how is it treated?

My 9 month old was just diagnosed with a double ear infection and a sinus infection at the same time. Is this common and how is it treated?

It happens: The tissues of the upper airway and ears share common set of germs and can all be infected at the same time. A single broad spectrum antibiotic is usually given to cover all 3 issues. ...Read more

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Can sinus/ear infection cause partial loss of vision?

Can sinus/ear infection cause partial loss of vision?

Yes: This would be seen in an acute complication of a sinus infection - a peri-orbital abscess which is surgical emergency. If this happens, you must be evaluated for a possible abscess. ...Read more

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I am experiencing frequent ear infections and sinus pain.

I am experiencing frequent ear infections and sinus pain.

Understood.: Please resubmit with a specific, clear question. ...Read more

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How important is septoplasty for chronic sinus and ear infections? I'm 37 yo.

How important is septoplasty for chronic sinus and ear infections? I'm 37 yo.

Not important: The septum effects breathing and in some cases can occlude areas in the nasal cavity where the sinuses drain. This latter case may contribute to chronic sinusitis- however the septum has very little influence on sinus infection and no role in ear infection. ...Read more

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How can the immune system effect my childs risk for recurrent sinus and ear infections

How can the immune system effect my childs risk for recurrent sinus and ear infections

Vaccines are key: The immune system can create protective antibodies after infections (igg) that help prevent re-infection. Vaccines are artificial infections that safely create igg. Strep. Pneumoniae is a bacteria that is responsible for up to 1/2 of all sinus and ear infections, the pneumococcal vaccine pcv-13 and pcv-23 can reduce the risk for s.Pneumo infections. Vaccinate your children. ...Read more

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I have a left ear infection and left side sinus infection. I am taking the zpak. Is that going to get reid of it or will I need something else too?

I have a left ear infection and left side sinus infection. I am taking the zpak. Is that going to get reid of it or will I need something else too?

Zithromax is good: Zithromax is ok for uncomplicated sinus infections. You need to give it a few days though. Also try steam and decongestants. Stay away from antihistamines as these can be drying. ...Read more

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Hard thumps under skin? Various places. Told doc, she didn't know. Can't see it, but feel hard thumps. I do have ear infection n sinus won't drain.

Lymph nodes maybe: Lymph nodes generally get bigger when u get sick. Sometimes they can hurt but usually they don't. if u r feeling them along your neck, that's probably just from your sinus & ear infection. they should shrink back down when you get better. If you have lumps in other places or if they are big, you should have them checked out because that could be more serious problem ...Read more

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My almost 3 year old has been getting ear infections since she was little, what should I do, what can happen, how to stop these....she has sinus problems?

My almost 3 year old has been getting ear infections since she was little, what should I do, what can happen, how to stop these....she has sinus problems?

Ear infections: Many children get ear infections when they are between 1-3. Typically they begin to outgrow them at this age. If the child is getting more than 5-6 ear infections per year, typically ear tubes are placed to reduce the number of infections and allow them to be treated with drops in the ear rather than more oral antibiotics. Frequent ear infections can affect hearing and speech development. ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection and an ear infection. I've been taking amoxicillin that was once prescribed to me and I didn't finish the whole thing. I?

I have had a sinus infection and an ear infection. I've been taking amoxicillin that was once prescribed to me and I didn't finish the whole thing. I?

Using this site: You get the most from this site when you provide background information and ask a clear related question. You have provided background but asked no clear question. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are not linked so each must contain full information/question. ...Read more

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What is the g flu germ? Aboth ear infections bad sinus infection

What is the g flu germ? Aboth ear infections bad sinus infection

I'm: I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question completely - the "flu" - also known as influenza - is a virus that can cause runny nose, cough, vomiting, body aches, fever, and tiredness. It often lasts at least a week. In children, the flu can lead to pneumonia or dehydration. Because of this, I always recommend the flu vaccine to all my pediatric patients (and as a mom, I always give it to my two children). The flu vaccine can be given as a shot or as a nasal spray.

For more information about influenza, see: http://www. Immunize. Org/catg. D/p4208.Pdf

for more information about the vaccine, see: http://www. Immunize. Org/catg. D/p4069.Pdf

sinusitis is due to a bacteria (or rarely a fungus) not a virus. Ear infections can be due to a virus, but more often are due to a bacteria.

I hope this helps. If I didn't answer your question, please post again. Thanks. ...Read more

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If I had a bacterial sinus infection, could I still get inner ear infection?

No: They are two independent systems. If you are asking if you have a cold causing sinusitis could it also cause an inner ear problem such as vertigo, it might ...Read more

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Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.

Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.

Decongestant: You may need to be treated with a decongestant and these can be obtained otc. Begin with Pseudoephedrine and can also use oxymetozaline spray, but be careful to limit the latter to only a day or two. Check with your friendly pharmacist for the product names. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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