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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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Can a sinus infection or an ear infection cause neck pain, more specifically, the lymph nodes? Is this a normal occurrence?

Can a sinus infection or an ear infection cause neck pain, more specifically, the lymph nodes? Is this a normal occurrence?

Yes: Infections in the head, including ear infections, sinus infections, and tooth infections, can lead to swelling of the lymph nodes and pain from the inflammation. They usually take a few days to a few weeks to fully resolve. Please see your doctor if they are especially large and painful - or if your neck hurts when you bend it toward your chest. ...Read more

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My right tragus and ear has been hurting for about a week. Muffled hearing and neck pain on right side. What is wrong? Ear infection?

My right tragus and ear has been hurting for about a week. Muffled hearing and neck pain on right side. What is wrong? Ear infection?

Yes, probably: I'm impressed you know the term tragus. Good for you! Please see your family physician for an exam and antibiotics if necessary, or even an ENT consult if needed. Are you going into the medical field? It is rewarding, although a lot of work. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection over two months ago, I experince dizziness daily and now neck pain and headaches what can I do?

I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection over two months ago, I experince dizziness daily and now neck pain and headaches what can I do?

Ear infection: Inner infection can cause dizziness, there are instances where people develop meningitis after an ear infection causing headache, it is advisable to go see doctor to find out the cause of the headache specially if it is a daily headache ...Read more

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I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

What medication: If your immune system is working well, your lymph nodes will often get enlarged and can be painful as it filters out the badness.

You did not state if they determined what specific infection it was (if they determined the cause) and if you are on antibiotics.
There is a chance the infection can get walled off somewhere near the tonsils and you get an abcess. Meds will help, but ENT may be needed. ...Read more

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Neck X-ray normal. Neck pain that hurts my head and in my ears. No ear infection. What could be issue?

Probably jaw joint: It sounds as if your jaw joint is having some problems. Do you clench or grind your teeth? Do you like chewy and crunchy foods? Do you chew gum? If so, you need to go on a soft diet, take anti-inflammatories as needed and use ice on the areas that bothers you 3 to 4 times a day for 20 minutes at a time. You should also discuss this with your dentist. ...Read more

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Right side only: tonsil very swollen, burns, neck pain, ear pain w/ ringing. Dr said it's not ear infection or strep (quick culture). Tonsillitis?

Maybe: Naming the infection gets a little fuzzy (tonsilitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis). Most are viral infections that have typical 7-10 day span. Important to rule out strep (moreso for children) because it is treatable and may have serious effects if not treated. Any inflammation in this tight area can cause lymphoid/tonsil swelling, ear discomfort, soreness. Worst case may be abscess under the tissue ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause neck soreness?

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

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I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

Swollen lymph nodes: When infections drain they drain to the closest lymph system which takes debris and bacteria out of the system. The neck has the closest lymph nodes to the ears. ...Read more

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Could walking in cold air cause an ear infection? I have pain in the r ear & going into neck. Last dr visit she said I had fluid in r ear a week ago.

Could walking in cold air cause an ear infection? I have pain in the r ear & going into neck. Last dr visit she said I had fluid in r ear a week ago.

No: Middle ear infections are caused by germs that enter through the drainage tube connecting that space to the throat. Not cold air. If there is already some fluid, it could become infected in a few hours or never. ...Read more

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I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?

I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?

Mgt: I would suggest completing a course of antibiotics. If you have a fever, please see your PCP.
Sometimes more than one course of antibiotics is needed.
For your neck pain, it may be referred pain, but if it worsens please consult your physician. ...Read more

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Does ear infection cause facial & neck swelling?

Possibly: A bad infection can lead to this. That is why you should be seen by a doctor and treated. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause ear neck shoulder pain?

Ear neck pain.: Usually not. The symptoms seems like cervical nerve root irritated. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

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

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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. ...Read more

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Does an ear infection causes the throat to be dry?

Does an ear infection causes the throat to be dry?

No, an ear infection: Does not do that. However, you can certainly have a throat infection along with the ear infection, or an upper respiratory infection with the ear infection and either of those could cause a dry throat. ...Read more

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Could strep throat normally cause ear infections?

Could strep throat normally cause ear infections?

No: This is a separate location with separate vulnerabilities. The germ is rarely found in samples taken from ear pus. The conditions that accompany a strep throat, like swelling of the structures can indirectly set up conditions ripe for a middle ear infection to occur. ...Read more

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Can a severe ear infection cause sore throat?

Can a severe ear infection cause sore throat?

May occur together: Infection in the soft tissues of the throat & upper airway can lead to an ear infection by causing inflammatory swelling. Swelling of the eustachian tube blocks it & mucous backs up that can become infected by random throat germs. If anything the throat thing leads to the ear infection, not the other war around. ...Read more

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My friend clothes stinks like dog pee and I don't think it's washed for a weeks. Can been around her caused my throat and ear infection?

My friend clothes stinks like dog pee and I don't think it's washed for a weeks. Can been around her caused my throat and ear infection?

Personal contact: Viral infections are spread by small droplets in the air from sneezing or cough. Some bacteria and viruses can be found on surfaces then when touched and transferred to the nose or mouth lead to infection urine is sterile (even dog urine I think), but exposure to a sick close contact increases risk of infection. Dog infections aren't passed to humans except fleas and dog bites. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause sore throat and hoarse voice and sneezing.? I'm curious

Can ear infection cause sore throat and hoarse voice and sneezing.? I'm curious

No: The ear infection is in a separate compartment and does not trigger such added problems. However, ear infections seldom occur alone. They are often a secondary event triggered when an upper respiratory infection causes the type of problems you list. The URI is the starting point, although the timing can be confusing. ...Read more

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Hi can a ear infection cause strep throat because My throat is hurting it started hurting today. So could ear infection turn into strep throat.?

Hi can a ear infection cause strep throat because My throat is hurting it started hurting today. So could ear infection turn into strep throat.?

No: An ear infection is always secondary to an infection, viral or bacterial in the back of the nose. Never the other way around. That is, an ear infection does not lead to a throat infection.
It is most likely that a throat/nose infection, usually viral leads to an ear infection. Incidentally, Streptococcus is not a common bacterial cause of otitis media. ...Read more

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Three year old 7 documented cases of throat or ear infection in 2013. (multiple undocumented cases too) ENT appt soon. Any idea of causes?

Illness: We expect young children to have 6-12 infection which can range from running noses to pneumonia. That is because adult levels of immunity don' t occur until 7-8 years of age making the younger child more prone to infection. ...Read more

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6yr/o has had 4 ear infections, strep throat and a uti since January. Is this normal or is this concerning? What can cause all these infections?

See remark: It is CONCERNING! Has he been seen by a pediatrician?, family doctor? If you are close to a medical center, children hospital, this 6 yr old MUST be evaluated, otherwise the child will have serious
future consequences. ...Read more

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Can ringing in your ear or middle ear infection cause your throat and jaw line to hurt without having any painor discomfort in your ears?

Sometimes: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can be one of many symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. Other symptoms can include jaw pain, jaw joint popping when opening, headaches in the temple or back of the neck area, tenderness around the TMJ and ear area. A highly trained dentist in this area can help determine if all are related. If not, a ENT physician would be the one to see. ...Read more

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Sore throat, possible ear infection, and sore muscles. Does strep cause achy muscles?

Sore throat, possible ear infection, and sore muscles. Does strep cause achy muscles?

Many illnesses can: Whenever you are sick, your body mounts a response to fight off that infection. Some of the chemicals released by your own body and those released by bacteria under attack can cause muscle aches and pains. If you think you may have strep throat, pleas see your doctor as it can cause complications if left untreated. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more