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Can Earplugs Cause Ear Infections
External otitis: Wearing ear plugs for long periods of time can lead to inflammation of the external ear canal skin. The ear plugs will not cause a middle ear infection. If an external ear infection occurs, simple remedies like vosol (acetic acid and propylene glycol) otic with hydro-cortisone (vosol (acetic acid and propylene glycol) (acetic acid and propylene glycol) is like vinegar) are helpful. Simply stopping the use of the ear plugs for an extended period of time would also help. ...Read more
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
If impacted wax from ear plugs is unlikely to cause cause an ear infection and, thus, pain in my jawline and neck - then should I be worried about something more serious? I have a doctors apt Monday
Get checked: See your clinician who can help sort out the significance of the impacted earwax and the source for pain in your jawline and neck. ...Read more
I think I got an ear infection from pushing my silicone earplugs in too deep. Last week my right ear had it now the other hurts even worse. Eardrops?
Depends: If the ear infection you are referring to is an external ear infection ("swimmer's ear"), then the plugs may help in the shower. However, if she is prone to middle ear infections, the plugs will serve no useful purpose in preventing middle ear infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i wear ear plugs a lot in bed because my husband snores. I have a fever. Could i possibly have an ear infection?
Maybe: If an ear infection is severe enough to cause a fever, it'll hurt. I've used modeling clay and discovered it's better than any commercial ear plugs -- it was a life-saver for me at one time. If your husband is a reasonable person, he owes it to himself (and you) to get the snoring evaluated by a physician -- it can cost him his health and even his life. ...Read more
Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?
Controverisal: There is constant back and forth between the experts on this very issue, and no consensus has been reached yet. My practice is if you are on appropriate therapy for the infection, including topical drops like ciprodex, then you can safely swim in clean water (no rivers or lakes). It is essential, however, that you follow up closely with doctor to make sure the ear and perforation has healed. ...Read more
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
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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