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Can An Ear Infection Cause Meningitis
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
Maybe: If the infecting agent is aggressive and the host (you) is vulnerable, the ear infection could spread to the meninges. This is usually through hematogenous spread (through the blood stream) rather than through neighboring invasion. Rarely, if the infection is ignored, it can spread to the mastoid air sacs, thence to the venous sinuses in the brain, and thus cerebritis. ...Read more
Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?
Unlikely....: ...But possible. It is more likely, if the infection spreads beyond your ear, that it will go into the mastoid bone located right behind your ear. Even this, though, won't happen most of the time. Ear infections are treated to reduce pain and protect hearing. ...Read more
Could this be menegitis? I was diagnosed with an ear infection and an upper respiratory infection yesterday at the emergency room. Now my neck is feeling stiff, what could be the cause of this?
My daughter at aged 7 contracted meningitis due to a ear infection. Would it have been prevented with IV antibiotics. In ae her WBC count was 14.5 109?
Confusing question: The germs that cause meningitis enter through the tissues in the nose, not the bone encased middle ear. It can happen if there is a rare perilymph fistula but I've never seen one. The germ that causes the ear infection can be in the nasal structures working their way into the meninges and show up later. You don't treat ear infections with IV meds, you can't predict who might develop meningitis ltr. ...Read more
How long does ear surgery take to remove infection? Dr is worried mine is at risk of turning to meningitis, and suggests surgery is my only option
Ear surgery: Uncomplicated case it's very quick but only your surgeon can answer more accurately. ...Read more
My son has had an upper respiratory infection and ear infx over week. His glands are swollen on neck and he says they hurt. Is this normal? Meningitis?
Fever? Stiff neck?: The symptoms aren't "normal", but are common with infections of the head, neck, & throat. (They could be viral, or strep. Please check w/ your pediatrician). Painful glands generally point to bacterial more than viral, but only way to be sure is by testing. Meningitis, or infection that spreads to the lining of the brain, would present with high fever (104F), neck stiffness, irritability, lethargy ...Read more
Nauseous, headache, achy all over, terrible ear pain. Saw pcp. Said sinus infection. Symptoms for 2 weeks. Meningitis? No fever no vomiting
Meningitis: Unlikely meningitis. Meningitis is usually viral or bacterial. Sensitivity to light, fever, chills, severe headache, and neck stiffness are classic signs. A lumbar puncture and analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid will help make the diagnosis. Your primary medical doctor may refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for evaluation if the sinusitis does not resolve with treatment. ...Read more
How would I know if I had meningitis? Have had sinus infection. Now my face and top of head hurts. No fever or nausea. Should I be worried? Lots of pressure in head.
No meningitis: Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain which can spread to the brain at times (encephalitis). Head pain alone, specially if constant and moderate grade is far from meningitis. Severe neck stiffness, fever, nausea, altered mentation, confusion and disorientation.... These are the symptoms you would worry about. ...Read more
Possible: I often see that in kids with ear infections. ...Read more
Certainly can: An ear infection certainly can cause dizziness, though it is not the only possible cause. Dizziness, or vertigo, can occur from various conditions, so details about when it happens (at rest, right after getting up from sitting, with activity, etc.) can help make the diagnosis. I would definitely see a physician if you are having a vertigo or think you have an ear infection. Good luck to you! ...Read more
Ear pain from infect: Please know that pain in general (in this case most likely due to the ear proper) does set one up for a generalized state of discomfort, and in a given indivudual, possible generation of anxiety, stemming from the infectious process or inflammatory process in the ear proper. The anxious state should dissapate with resolution of the primary otological problem. ...Read more
Depends on variables: The inner ear nerve is contained well within the strongest bone in the body away from direct contact with fluids or germs. However, a viral infection can travel to the nerve and cause permanent hearing loss. The middle ear is subject to various viral or bacterial infections, with transient reduction unless chronic and untreated. The outer ear canal can swell with swimmers ear, with transient effect. ...Read more
Does an ear infection cause ear thermometers to show higher temperature compared to the rectal temperature?
Not sure: I'm not sure an ear infection could cause those symptoms. However, tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) could cause symptoms of an ear ache or ear infection. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is in close approximation to the ear. If there is inflammation going on around the joint it could be putting pressure on the ear. Jaw hurting and feeling locked are signs of tmd. I'd see a dentist. ...Read more
Ear infections: People generally refer to middle ear infections as "ear infections." outer ear infections are also fairly common. When an infection is present infected fluids travel by lymph vessels until they get to lymph nodes in the neck. These lymph nodes can become tender/sore causing neck soreness. Most of the time neck soreness is not present with ear infections. ...Read more
Yes.: Any infection can cause the tonsils and adenoid tissue to enlarge. This should resolve in the next few weeks but could take several months for the tonsils to return to normal size. The other possibility is that enlarged adenoids (associated with the enlarged tonsils) caused the middle ear fluid and resulting ear infection. ...Read more
Can bronchitis or an ear infection cause neck and back/shoulder pain? It seems to have just started, I've been sick for a week.
Not directly: The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more
Cellulitis?: The same infection could be spreading onto the face i.e. cellulitis. If you or whoever has this problem (your child?) is already being treated for it, maybe with an antibiotic, contact the doctor again and follow her advice. If not yet in care, or if any fever, see a doctor immediately -- including ER or urgent care if your regular doctor isn't available. Good luck! ...Read more
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
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