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Can I Exercise If I Have An Inner Ear Infection
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
Generally yes: In most cases it should be fine... But: if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming. If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting. If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more
Maybe: I need more symptoms and need to do a physical exam in order to determine this. Are you nauseated? Do you have the sensation that the room is spinning? Is your gait altered? Do you get the 'room spinning' sensation when you turn your head upon waking up? If so, you very well could have an inner ear problem. See your doctor. ...Read more
I have had an ear infection for one week I have antibiotics but i can hear a fizzing sound in my ear.. what should I do? is it an infection or ear wax
Several choices: Some of these are viral and subside in a few days.Some are bacterial and may self heal in 6-12 weeks, but would likely remain painful & could lead to complications. You could continue to self assess and self treat or have a health care provider confirm your suspicions and initiate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ear infection: I hope I am understanding your question correctly. When you say regular ear infection, i think you are saying otitis media or infection of the middle ear. This generally causes ear pain, sometimes ear drainage, hearing loss, fever. When someone has labyrinthitis, the infection is now involving the inner ear affecting the balance canals and the cochlea. This will usually cause severe dizziness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to be examined: Ultimately, a medical professional needs to examine the ear to determine if there is either of the above. A perforated ear drum--with an ear infection-- will often present with a yellowish, pussy discharge from the ear---although a sudden decrease in ear pain may be the first sign of a perforation. ...Read more
I have itching in my ear and I'm not sure if I may have an ear infection or not. I do have cipro (ciprofloxacin) eye drops on hand. Can I use for my ear?
Inner ear infection: The inner ear has 2 primary functions: hearing and balance. With an inner ear infection, you could have problems with hearing or balance or both. Sometimes, inner ear infection can extend to the cerebrospinal fluid and you can develop symptoms of meningitis. This could cause neck stiffness, sensitivity to light or sound, headache. Other general signs of infection include fevers and chills. ...Read more
What type of workout: Most eye infections are limited to the outside of the eye and in almost all cases, as long as you are being treated you can exercise. More importantly than whether you can exercise is the type and location of exercise. It is not a good idea to swim or share gym equipment if you have an infection, since you can transfer it to others. You should ask your eye doctor about your specific infection. ...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 shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?
Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're unsure, you'll have to see your primary care for an exam. ...Read more
What to do if I have recently had an ear infection and now I have lost my hearing in that ear and its itchy?
See a specialist: A ear infection may clear up but leave you with fluid in your middle ear that might take up to a month to clear, leaving you with decreased hearing. You may also have skin and wax debris in your ear from the infection, or, rarely, a nerve disorder which should be treated quickly by a specialist. ...Read more
Yes: Ear infections can progress and cause significant problems. Outer ear infections usually are treated with antibiotic drops. They can be quite troublesome and can bet very serious if one has diabetes. Middle ear infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics. Sometimes, they require incision and drainage of the ear drum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have an ear infection without fluid in the ear? Ear hurting for a week and I don't have a cold.
Yes, you can have an: inflamed eardrum without fluid behind the eardrum, which could signify infection. You also could have ear pain from a swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, which is an infection of the ear canal from water being in the canal and making a good environment for bacteria or fungus to grow. Those are quite painful and are treated with prescription ear drops. Please see your doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more
I have an ear ache plus congestion and runny nose. Do you think it might be an ear infection and should I go to the doctor?
It could be.: Congestion plugs up the opening between the middle ear and the nose, causing your ears to feel full and occasionally hurt. You could try a dehumidifier, shower, sugarless gum chewing or some oral decongestant to see if it relieves the pain; if not, you do need to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...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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