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Could wearing ear plugs cause an ear infection?

Could wearing ear plugs cause an ear infection?

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

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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When after an ear infection can you swim without ear plugs?

Ear infection/swim: If you have no drum perforaion you could swim after 5-7 days of being on antibiotics. If you had a drum perforation, it may take a month or longer to heal depending on the size of the perforationand you should not allow any water to go in you ears (middle ear). ...Read more

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Docs, wanted to know if I can get in the pool if I wear ear plugs after an ear infection?

Docs, wanted to know if I can get in the pool if I wear ear plugs after an ear infection?

Ear infection: You would be better off using nose plugs to prevent a middle ear infection.because water and mucus can enter your middle through your euchstacian tubes. If you had a swimmers ear wearing ear plugs would be more fitting ...Read more

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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?

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?

Have your ears: examined. It may be that you created trauma to your eardrums by pushing your earplugs in too far. Your doctor should also be able assess for any infection in the ear canala and treat with drops if needed. All the best. ...Read more

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My daughter is prone to ear infections can wearing ear plugs in the shower help?

My daughter is prone to ear infections can wearing ear plugs in the shower help?

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 more

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I wear ear plugs a lot in bed because my husband snores, i got a fever. Do have an ear infection?

I wear ear plugs a lot in bed because my husband snores, i got a fever. Do have an ear infection?

See your PCP: for evaluation and treatment. Snoring can make relationships stressful, but snoring can also be the first sign of sleep apnea, a much more serious health problem. Many treatment options are available for snoring and sleep apnea. Take care. ...Read more

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I wear ear plugs a lot in bed because my husband snores, now I have a fever. Could i possibly have an ear infection from it?

Unlikely to happen: You can certainly trap earwax and prevent it from falling out naturally if you use plugs a lot. However, this does not cause ear infections. These are triggered when germs enter the middle ear from your throat, and has nothing to do with your ear wear. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?

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

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. Patricia Foster
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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