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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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Could oral pain be a symptom of an ear infection?

Could oral pain be a symptom of an ear infection?

I suppose: I suppose it could be, but usually oral/dental pain is referred to the ear. It's very unusual for ear pain to be referred to the mouth, at least in my experience. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

Not all middle ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics; many are caused by viruses. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Are pain and fullness symptoms of ear infection?

Are pain and fullness symptoms of ear infection?

Yes: Among other things these are symptoms of ear infections. These symptoms can be associated with many other illnesses as well so see your doctor to make sure that you aren't missing anything more serious. ...Read more

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Signs of an ear infection ?

Ear Infection Signs: Ear infection symptoms include pain, hearing loss, and fever. Usually, these symptoms follow an upper respiratory infection, especially the common cold, in young children. Adults experience ear infections infrequently, but often may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

Uncommon in adults! acetaminophen for pain. Infection needs abx if rupture, pain immediately better. ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What are the tests for ear infection?

What are the tests for ear infection?

Normally dont test: We normally don't test. You can determine an infection based on history and how the canal, and ear drum looks. ...Read more

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Can wind really cause or worsen an ear infection?

Can wind really cause or worsen an ear infection?

Wind & ear infection: Wind will not cause or worsen an ear infection. But exposure to cold wind can make your ear pain worse when you have an ear infection. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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