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Can I get a middle ear infection when my tonsils and adenoids are removed?

Can I get a middle ear infection when my tonsils and adenoids are removed?

Yes: Absolutely... The issue is related to your eustachian tubes - not your adenoid/tonsils (or absence). ...Read more

Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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Is there a danger of getting a middle ear infection with my tonsils and adenoids removed?

Is there a danger of getting a middle ear infection with my tonsils and adenoids removed?

Yes: Removing tonsils and adenoids can make ear infections less common, but they can still happen. Talk to your doctor if you want to consider any other treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Otitis media: When you have a "cold", which is a viral URI, there is swelling of the tissues in the back of the throat. This can create partial obstruction of the eustacian tube (from the middle ear to the lateral throat) and this can lead to ear infection. ...Read more

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Do you sometimes not get a fever from middle ear infection or a ear infection.? I'm curious.

Yes: Infants and children usually have fever with middle ear infections but even some of them do not. A focal infection like one limited to the middle ear effects them more than older kids and adults.When you are older, your body is better able to limit the bodies general response, like fever. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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I got a middle ear infection. Should i go to the docotors to get the ear drops? Or can I go to the pharmcy and get it myself?

I got a middle ear infection. Should i go to the docotors to get the ear drops? Or can I go to the pharmcy and get it myself?

Go to doctor : If you have a middle ear infection, which become less common as you approach adulthood, then ear drops will not resolve the infection. With a middle ear infection the problem is behind the ear drum and unless you have a hole the drops will not and usually should not get in there. There are drops to numb the ear drum otc but drops to treat external infections are rx only and need exam to tell. ...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?

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

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I have had 4 antibotics in 6 weeks because of ear & middle ear infection. the only ENT on my ins. says nothing. My DR. Said there's fluid. Same day.

I have had 4 antibotics in 6 weeks because of ear & middle ear infection.  the only ENT on my ins.  says nothing. My DR. Said there's fluid. Same day.

TIME OUT !: It is not unusual for fluid to be retained and persist for a few weeks after the germs have been killed off.With several antibiotics over 6 wks it is time to leave it alone for a while and see if the fluid clears on it's own. If fluid persists, the ENT could open the drum and put in a ventilation tube but that is an aggressive move and rarely needed in adults. ...Read more

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I had my ear irrigated, then the ear canal became itchy, then i got a middle ear infection, now the infection has gone its itchy again? What will help

I had my ear irrigated, then the ear canal became itchy, then i got a middle ear infection, now the infection has gone its itchy again? What will help

Tincture of time: And try not to submit to scratching the itch too much. This is likely self limited. Ask your doctor if there is some type of moisturizing or anti-itch cream you could put on (very small amounts) but i would not recommend applying it with anything like a q-tip or anything. Remember, nothing should go in your ear except your elbow! lol! hear! hear! ...Read more

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I've been switched from Biaxin to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat middle ear infection because Biaxin didn't help me. I need to take it for 7 days. Is this enough?

I've been switched from Biaxin to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat middle ear infection because Biaxin didn't help me. I need to take it for 7 days. Is this enough?

Usually enough: Usually a seven day course of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) would be enough to treat the infection if the cause is bacterial and it is sensitive to Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Since it did not respond to Biaxin, I encourage you to follow-up with your physician at the end of treatment to make sure things are clear. You may still have a little fluid left in the ear, but the redness and cloudiness should have cleared up. ...Read more

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I returned to london from usa a month ago. After 3 days i woke up with vertigo ( dizziness) when turning my head. I still always feel dizzy? I saw a dr who said it was likely a middle ear infection.?

I returned to london from usa a month ago. After 3 days i woke up with vertigo ( dizziness) when turning my head. I still always feel dizzy? I saw a dr who said it was likely a middle ear infection.?

Ear Problem: It appears that since the vertigo or dizziness gets worse by head movement. Your doctors have diagnosed a middle ear problem. It affects the peripheral vestibular nerve. Most likely is a viral infection of the nerve or a problem in the inner ear vestibular apparatus. If your middle ear looks inflamed on examination, your doctor may be right.Usually it's self-limited and will return back to normal. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Confusing question: This is a completely treatable condition.Have it verified by a doctor and treated.Complete recovery is the standard outcome. ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection, my ears are starting to pop a little. What does this mean?

Possibly improving: Your question suggests that you have been seen and diagnosed with a middle ear infection. If so, now that you have noticed some popping, you may be recovering. The popping could be air entering the middle ear space which was likely full of fluid. This may be a sign of improvement. ...Read more

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I took amoxicillin for middle ear infection. The swell in my lymph node went down but now its back? Serious?

When lymph nodes...: ...Are swollen, it means they are active and the immune system is fighting something. This is a good thing. If, however, the node is red and hot and tender, then the node itself is infected and you need to see your doctor. You should also see your doctor if the enlarged nodes persist for a very long period of time beyond when you are otherwise well. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized bump behind my left ear its slightly moveable and painless. I had a middle ear infection 3 weeks ago. Should I be worried?

I have a pea sized bump behind my left ear its slightly moveable and painless. I had a middle ear infection 3 weeks ago. Should I be worried?

Size and duration: Reactive lymph nodes are common after infections, they normally disappear after a few weeks. If a lymph node is larger than 2 cm, or if it does not go away or if it is increasing in size, you should be seen by a physician. ...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


Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more