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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more

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Is MRSA in the ear contagious?

Yes: If you colonize MRSA in your ear, touch it, and touch somebody else, they can colonize mrsa. ...Read more

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Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more

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Ear infection affecting ear temperature? Can an ear infection affect ear thermometer readings?

Ear infection affecting ear temperature? Can an ear infection affect ear thermometer readings?

Yes: I believe it can. When an eardrum is red and inflamed it generates heat so to me it has always made sense that the ear infected side might have a higher ear temp than the other side. I do not like ear thermometers. I like the digital ones tat beep. For me they are more accurate. ...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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Clindamycin for ear infection? Wi it work? And is a swollen gland under the jaw by the ear part of the ear infection

Clindamycin for ear infection? Wi it work? And is a swollen gland under the jaw by the ear part of the ear infection

Yes for some inf: ear infections can be caused by several different organisms.Some of them are treated with clindamycin but that is not a first line antibiotic.It is generally used for resistant/chronic infections. ...Read more

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Lump behind ear, numbness in neck. Is it from an ear infection? I don't get ear infections.

Lump behind ear, numbness in neck. Is it from an ear infection? I don't get ear infections.

See physician: Lump behind ear with numbness in neck is unlikely from ear infection without a history of previous ear infection. Should have this examined in near future. ...Read more

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Do outer ear infections spread to the middle ear?

Not typically: If the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is intact, it serves as a barrier that protects the middle ear from organisms which may enter the external ear canal. If the tympanic membrane is perforated (e.g. From trauma) or surgically opened (e.g. For ear tubes), then there is a direct route for passage of infectious organisms from the outer ear into the middle ear space. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have a middle ear infection after an inner ear infection?

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 can spread to inner ear. Most likely you had a middle ear infection which when treated has residual fluid behind the ear drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 3-4 months then see ent. ...Read more

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Could a bacterial infection in my sinuses be contagious?

Could a bacterial infection in my sinuses be contagious?

Not really: It's hard to pass a bacterial sinus infection as it is not airborne like a viral infection. However that being said, i would not share saliva or touch people after touching nose. ...Read more

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Can staph infection reside in your sinuses?

Can staph infection reside in your sinuses?

Yes: Some people carry staph in their nasal passages. This is usually easily treated if present. If you are having recurrent staph skin infections, ask your doctor about treating your nose too. Staph can also cause sinus infections, but this is usually only true in people with chronic sinus disease, not your average sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can infected pierced ears spread infection to the parotid gland?

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Can infected pierced ears spread infection to the parotid gland?

Yes: Infection of external ear especially ear canal can spread forward to the face due to anatomical conduit of the external ear cartilage. ...Read more

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Can amox-clav treat bacterial infection in the penis?

Can amox-clav treat bacterial infection in the penis?

Yes: That is a very good antibiotic and can treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.. There could be an infection that may be better treated with a different antibiotic. ...Read more

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3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling. Mastoiditis?

3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling.  Mastoiditis?

Mastoiditis: With mastoiditis you would notice swelling with tenderness. Often the ear on that side appears more prominent. Continue to observe her for further symptoms. All the best. ...Read more

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Can ear canals swell due to infection or a fungal ear?

Can ear canals swell due to infection or a fungal ear?

Otitis Externa: Infection of the enternal ear canal can cause swelling. ...Read more

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Ear infection but no pain in ears?

Ear infection but no pain in ears?

Effusion vs infectio: I suspect you have a middle ear effusion and not an infection. When you have an infection, there is usually pain, sometimes fever and you feel much worse. If you are just experiencing "noise" in your ear, having difficulty with hearing, then this is more likely a fluid buildup in that middle ear space. Recommend you chew gum, "pop" your ears hundreds of times a day and monitor for other symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more