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Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Extremely unlikely: Even though theoretically, severe and chronic ear infection involving bone erosion leading to brain involvement, I have yet heard of one. As for acute ear infection, the risk is likely zero.

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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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What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

Local spread: Ear infections can lead to abscess most commonly affecting the temporal lobe or if leading to meningitis can cause whole brain involvement. Depending on the bacteria type certain nerve (ie hearing nerves) may be affected more than others.

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Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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?

It: It looks like you have a simple viral illness. However, your neck stiffness needs to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Indeed, the presence of headache, high fevers, and vomiting would imply something ominous. In that case, your best bet is a trip to the emergency department.

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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?

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.

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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?

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

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Nauseous, headache, achy all over, terrible ear pain. Saw pcp. Said sinus infection. Symptoms for 2 weeks. Meningitis? No fever no vomiting

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.

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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.

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Hard to say: The nerve that controls ear drum pain is a branch of the nerve supplying the teeth on the same side. There can be crossover pain where a tooth problem would cause ear pain and the opposite could also be true.

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Can an ear infection cause a rash?

Can an ear infection cause a rash?

Yes: If the ear infection drains from the ear canal, it can spread to the ear and the skin around the ear.

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Can an ear infection cause bad hearing?

Can an ear infection cause bad hearing?

See below: You will have a conductive hearing loss because of the fluid behind the ear drum. Once the infection has resolved, your hearing will return.

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Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

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!

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Can an ear infection cause your jaw to hurt?

Can an ear infection cause your jaw to hurt?

Yes: Ear infections can be very painful. Often times, pain can radiate to neighboring parts of your body. A bad ear infection can cause a headache, jaw pain, neck pain.

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Could an ear infection cause my jaw to hurt and feel locked?

Could an ear infection cause my jaw to hurt and feel locked?

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.

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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.

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.

Depends: Certainly if you are coughing a lot you can have muscle strain in your back and shoulder. However these symptoms can also come from pneumonia. You should see your doctor, .

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Can an ear infection cause anxiety issues?

Can an ear infection cause anxiety issues?

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.

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Meningitis (Definition)

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