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Can untreated ear infection/tooth abcess/sinus infection/gum disease cause lymph nodes in left supraclavicular? Any possibility?

Can untreated ear infection/tooth abcess/sinus infection/gum disease cause lymph nodes in left supraclavicular? Any possibility?

Yes: Yes, the bacteria are activating your immune system and the lymph nodes swell when they increase production of white blood cells to fight the infection. Please get the infection taken care of. ...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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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

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What can cause an ear infection usually?

What can cause an ear infection usually?

Middle ear infxn: It is typically caused by blockage of the eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the nose, trapping fluid and germs in the middle ear which start to get infected. Many times they are caused by viruses, occasionally bacteria, and rarely fungus. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection cause an ear infection?

Can a tooth infection cause an ear infection?

No: These are separate areas of the body that have no direct connection. However, they do share a nerve supply and some people can have tooth pain during an ear infection as well as the other way around. ...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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HELP my 2month old was drinking off is bottle and his threw up to the side causing milk to go in his ear will that cause an ear infection?

HELP my 2month old was drinking off is bottle and his threw up to the side causing milk to go in his ear will that cause an ear infection?

No: There is a barrier between the middle ear and the outside called the tympanic membrane that keeps things from going into the middle ear from the outside. Gently, with a warm washcloth clean the inside of the ea canal that you can reach. Do NOT use a q tip as this can cause damage. Oh, and don't worry! ...Read more

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Can food poisoning cause an ear infection? I had (what I believe to be) food poisoning two days ago, and now have a clogged ear. The ear isn't blocked by wax and seems to be at ambient pressure.

Can food poisoning cause an ear infection? I had (what I believe to be) food poisoning two days ago, and now have a clogged ear. The ear isn't blocked by wax and seems to be at ambient pressure.

No.: How do you know whether it's infected or not blocked with wax? The only was to determine that is to have a health care provider look in your ear. ...Read more

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Can dental problems cause an ear infection? I know it can cause ear pain, but it feels like I had liquid in my ear. The pain started a few days after a bad tooth infection. Can this be related?

Can dental problems cause an ear infection? I know it can cause ear pain, but it feels like I had liquid in my ear. The pain started a few days after a bad tooth infection. Can this be related?

Yes: A dental infection can spread to your ears. The infection should be treated as soon as possible. Please see your dentist or family doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

It definitely can: A variety of conditions can cause an earache and toothache, and the two symptoms are often related. In the case of a toothache, you can have referred pain to the ear and vice versa. See your dentist first to rule out tooth pain. ...Read more

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What could cause a severe ear infection?

What could cause a severe ear infection?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes?

Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes?

Some possibilities: An ear infection on the inside of the eardrum is a "middle ear" infection, and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. An ear infection on the outside of the eardrum is an "outer ear" infection or "swimmer's ear", which is caused by moisture in the outer ear canal that allows skin germs to grow and multiply in the skin. ...Read more

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Ear infection cause hives?

Ear infection cause hives?

Uncommon: There are reports of hives occurring during infections with strep throat and viruses especially in children. An ear infection from a virus could potentially trigger hives, but more likely explanations would be the antibiotics used to treat infections, or other medications like Aspirin or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What causes an ear infection to stop throbbing?

Pain meds: Nonsteroidal medications like Aspirin or Ibuprofen will likely help with throbbing ear pain. See a doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What could be cause my to constantly be getting ear infections?

Otitis: Frequent ear infections can be caused by smoking, allergies, structural anomalies of the middle ear and eustachian tube, enlargement of the tonsils, frequent throat infections and perhaps immunoglobulin a deficiency. ...Read more

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What germs cause ear infections?

What germs cause ear infections?

Bacteria: The 3 most common bacteria to cause middle ear infections (otitis media) are streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae and moraxella catarrhalis. Otitis media can also be a viral infection. Swimmer's ear or otitis externa is mostly from pseudomonas aeruginosa. Other swimmer's ear germs include staph aureus, enterobacter aerogenes, proteus mirabilis, klebsiella pneumoniae and fungi. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause jaw pain?

Can ear infection cause jaw pain?

See an ENT specialis: Of course it can. A middle ear infection puts pressure on the eardrum, causing pain in TMJ and jaw. At the same time TMJ can cause earache. See ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes middle ear infection?

What causes middle ear infection?

Bacterial and viral: Ear infections are more common in children due to their anatomy and predisposition for upper respiratory infections. When the eustachian tube fails to maintain a neutral pressure relative to the outside world, the middle ear can accumulate fluid, siphon bacteria from the upper respiratory tract into the middle ear and an infection results. Eustachian tube swelling is often initiated with a virus. ...Read more

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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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What could cause frequent ear infections?

What could cause frequent ear infections?

Many causes!: Ear infections can be caused by viral colds or spread from infections in the eyes or sinuses. Also associated with second-hand smoke exposure. Some children are much more prone to frequent infections than others. This can be a result of inherited ear anatomy or differences in immune function. Most often, children grow out of the frequent ear infections with time. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause frequent urination?

There is...: No direct association between ear infections and frequent urination. There may be some indirect association such as increase fluid intake, medications that you are take, or a concomitant urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Inner ear: Usually tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, or damage to the inner ear. Wax in the ear canal can make tinnitus or ringing seem louder because you do not hear outside sounds as well. Best to consult with your otolaryngologist. ...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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What causes ear infections? Can you prevent them?

What causes ear infections? Can you prevent them?

Middle ear infection: Generally occur when the eustachian tube (structure that prevents fluid accumulation in the middle ear space) becomes dysfunctional from things like inflammation. Preventing nasal congestion with various nasal sprays or decongestants can help, as well as allergy control. ...Read more

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What could be a cause of frequent ear infections?

What could be a cause of frequent ear infections?

Ear infections: You may also be getting frequent colds or sinus infections that may precipitating ear infections. You may need antibiotics or if you have serous otitis media you may need to have tubes placed. You may have cholesteotoma. See your ENT doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. 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 ...Read more