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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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Started with URI feb 23, turned into bilateral ear infection. Was prescribed azithromycin 500 on 3/2 and cephalexin 250 on 3/14. I still cannot hear.

Started with URI feb 23, turned into bilateral ear infection. Was prescribed azithromycin 500 on 3/2 and cephalexin 250 on 3/14. I still cannot hear.

Middle ear fluid: First, zithromax is not a good drug for upper respiratory bacterial infections. If you have a hearing loss, it is most likely that you have fluid behind the ear drum. That fluid can be surgically removed and hearing should return immediately. First, however, get an audiogram (hearing test). If the hearing loss has been present for more than 3 weeks, see an ENT for therapy. ...Read more

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Isolated bilateral ear pain. Intermittent, sharp pains followed by short throb. Went to dr. Not ear infection, not wax build up. What should I do?

Isolated bilateral ear pain. Intermittent, sharp pains followed by short throb. Went to dr. Not ear infection, not wax build up. What should I do?

Ear Pain: Ear pain can be referred from other structures. It may be referred from teeth or joints in the area of the jaw. The pain may also come from the inner ear. Continue to follow up with your doctor to find the cause and feel better soon. ...Read more

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Signs of an ear infection ?

Signs of an ear infection ?

Ear Infection Signs: Ear infection symptoms include pain, hearing loss, and fever. Usually, these symptoms follow an upper respiratory infection, especially the common cold, in young children. Adults experience ear infections infrequently, but often may have ear pain. ...Read more

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What are ear infection symptoms?

What are ear infection symptoms?

OM symptoms: can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications. ...Read more

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How do you cure an ear infection?

How do you cure an ear infection?

Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection ( of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more

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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear causing tear :(: Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin if you are in pain and only if you can take those medications. You should also seek prompt medical attention as you may need antibiotics and to assure there is not another cause for the ear discomfort. You should also note there are different types of ear infections...Inner, middle and outer to use layman terms. ...Read more

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Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Not necessarily: I'd recommend getting it looked at if it hurts. An ear infection could be crackly, cut crackly doesn't mean ear infection. ...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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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