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Can You Have An Inner Ear Infection Without Pain
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
Only swimmers ear: A true inner ear infection requires fluid accumulated behind the eardrum (usually due to the negative eustachian tube pressure from a cold). A swimmers ear is an outer ear infection due to swimming and involves the outer ear canal. The two entities are entirely different and require different treatments ...Read more
Maybe: Pain from a middle ear infection often comes from excessive pressure in the ear. If you have a hole in the eardrum you likely wouldn't have pain because the pressure can't build up, but you would likely have a significant amount of drainage from the ear in that case. With a cold you can have a noninfected effusion in the middle ear and these may not be painful (though you can have hearing loss). ...Read more
Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more
Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection which is usually painful can spread to inner ear. Otitis media may not have pain and only manifest with fluid behind drum.This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 1-2 months then see ENT especially if only 1 ear. ...Read more
TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, ear fullness are the common symptom due to the close location to TMJ. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible you can have a ear infection without pain or drainage my doctor says I have a ear infection but I don't have fever or pain or drainage?
Yes: To have pain there must be some sort of pressure stretching the ear drum. (in or out) To have drainage you either have a hole in the eardrum with pus or debris draining or an inflamed canal draining. Fever may not be present if your body walls off the process. However, you can have an otitis with fluid that does not require antibiotics.These can be monitored without treatment. ...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
ear pain no drainage what are the symptoms of an ear infection and is it possible to have a ear infection no drainage I don't have swimmers ear?
No: Abscess is caused by the tooth being infected, an untreated cavity. Ears don't infect teeth. Different problems, different treatments. You need to see both a physician and a dentist, and don't put the appointments off because this can really go south very quickly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ear infection: Exam by ENT specialist to provide proper diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Ear infection can cause jaw pain. Jaw (TMJ) pain can cause ear pain. Both often misdiagnosed. If unclear about diagnosis, see TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ringing in your ears from any kind of nasal issue is usually from having congestion in your nose. This can then lead to eustachian tube dysfunction which can be associated with ringing. There are certainly many other causes of ringing which may need to be explored depending on your age and other health problems. ...Read more
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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