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Can mold in workplace cause chronic ear infections?

Can mold in workplace cause chronic ear infections?

Usually not: There are different kinds of ear infections. If you are talking about middle ear infections, then it's very unlikely mold is the cause. You can get fungal outer ear infections, but these tend to come from overuse of qtips (clearing away your protective wax) and overuse of antibiotic ear drops. 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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We have black mold in our bathroom behind walls, and has spread to windows. My 2 yr old has had ear infections and tubes in ears twice plus a constant?

We have black mold in our bathroom behind walls, and has spread to windows. My 2 yr old has had ear infections and tubes in ears twice plus a constant?

Probably unrelated: First, you need to get a reputable company to fix the water leaks that cause mold to grow. Unless the problem has been going on for years, your toddler's problems are probably unrelated. Recurrent ear infections are not rare until the age of 2; a major risk factor is allergy. If ear problems continue, have your child see a pediatric ENT and board-certified allergist immunologist. 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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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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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?

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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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 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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Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Ear infections smell: If you have a fungal or (rare) pseudomonas external ear infection or a middle ear infection with draining of pus into the canal, the material may cause a smell to emanate from the ear.
I would have a local ENT look in your ear and possibly clean out your ear (s). You may need to be on antibiotic or antifungal drops. Read more

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Can an ear infection cause neck soreness?

Can an ear infection cause neck soreness?

Ear infections: People generally refer to middle ear infections as "ear infections." outer ear infections are also fairly common. When an infection is present infected fluids travel by lymph vessels until they get to lymph nodes in the neck. These lymph nodes can become tender/sore causing neck soreness. Most of the time neck soreness is not present with ear infections. Read more

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Can an ear infection cause a wart or tumor?

Can an ear infection cause a wart or tumor?

Not likely: Ear infections do not predispose one to warts or tumors, although an untreated ear infection could cause an abscess which is tumor-like in its behavior. Read more

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What is the cause of ear infections and ear aches?

What is the cause of ear infections and ear aches?

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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Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Not directly: The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Read more

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Will an ear infection cause pain in the lower teeth?

Will an ear infection cause pain in the lower teeth?

Unrelated: I have never seen that happen in over 40 years of practice and while nothing is impossible, it is extremely unlikely. See your pcp or an ENT specialist for the ear infection and a dentist for the toothache. Read more

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Ear Infection (Definition)

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