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Children Ear Infections In Children
Child ear infections: Ear infections in childhood include middle ear infection or otitis media and external ear infection or otitis externa. Otitis media occurs when the middle ear is infected by bacteria and/ or virus. via the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube connects the pharynx to the middle ear. In young children the tube is short and flat and does not drain well facilitating infection of the middle ear. ...Read more
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
No: There is no link between the two. ...Read more
None: There are no substances that naturally cure ear infections. The body's immune system may cure itself and when not, antibiotics are needed. No other things have been shown to cure these infections despite claims made. ...Read more
Maturity: Ear infections are thought to result from a poorly functioning eustachain tube which connects the middle ear to the nose. As one ages the tube matures. It gets larger making it less likely to obstruct. It is this blockage that causes ear infections. In addition, it is probable that the immune systems matures, fighting the infections off more efficiently. ...Read more
Not the case: Adults, all though less frequent can get ear infections. Ear infections are normally more common in toddlers and infants, simply because they may get more uris. ...Read more
Several factors: Young children have less developed immune systems and the eustachian tube that allows fluid to drain from the middle ears is smaller and more horizontal, so it does not function as well. Young children also are exposed to other children with illnesses and are notorious for not having good hand hygiene and thus transmit illnesses more readily. ...Read more
Predisposed: Regular otitis media is a sequential event. The fluid made by the middle ear walls is trapped in that space by impaired drainage thru the eustacian tube. Germs from the throat enter that space & cause infection. Smaller kids/kids with allergies or colds/kids with cleft palate etc are predisposed to recurrence because the drainage doesn't improve until the head grows big enough to improve the drain. ...Read more
Is the common cold in children something that should be followed by an ear examination to rule out an ear infection?
Some are some not: In general an infant with 5 or more in a year or one that will not clear after 90 days will benefit from tube placement. Other factors can increase or decrease the need. Growth in head size will eventually reduce the frequency of infections but that is slow and steady. Each kid must be assessed individually. ...Read more
My son is. Congested, coughing, & has an ear. Infection. Dr gave him Bromfed. Is that ok? He also. Takes childrens zyrtec (cetirizine)
Bromfed (brompheniramine): Bromfed is a multi - symptom cold medication indicated for children aged 2 years and older. Since it contains an antihistamine, it should not be used in conjunction with other antihistamines such as Benedryl, Claritin, (loratadine) Zyrtec and their generic equivalents. ...Read more
My 20 month old has an ear infection and complains of head pain. I took him to Rady Children's Hospital ER today and the pediatrician did not examine his head at all after diagnosing the ear infection. So my question is, is head pain normal when there is
Head pain: Or head ache, with ear infection can be a common symptom, but it seems that you are still concerned, the doctor who examined your child was comfortable with the diagnosis and probably didn't see any other sign that would make him/her concerned about your son's condition, at any rate, it's your right to be answered for whatever concerning your child's health, you can go again or see another doctor ...Read more
What is the connection between cleft lip and palate and ear infections? My child was born with a cleft lip and palate. He often gets ear infections, and he has actually experienced some hearing loss because of them. Why do children with cleft palates get
Is a combination of amoxillin with clavulanic acid and metronidazole effective and advisable for the treatment of ear infection in children. Doctor.?
I have had an ear infection for more then a week and it’s a sharp pain. Do I get an antibiotic or ear drops and which brand?
Got a ear infection from cold. Had c diff last year due to taking med for same reason. Any med that can help but don't have a c diff risk?
C. diff - antibiotic:
Every antibiotic can 'cause' C. diff -- which is a very dangerous disease. I've seen people have their colons taken out, and even died from this dangerous infection. When possible, it's always better not to take an antibiotic.
It is true that some antibiotics have less of a chance of causing C. diff but even medicines used for treating C. diff say in their package insert that they could cause it ...Read more
Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection (of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more
Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read more
Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
Antibiotics: If you are older than 2 y/o, some experts recommend watchful waiting, giving it a chance to naturally go away. If it does not symptomatically clear within several days, antibiotics usually are necessary and always recommended under 2. ...Read more
Ear pain: There are otc ear pain drops that can numb ear pain. Tylenol/motrin helps as well. If ear pain not betteror associated with fever and other sytemic symptoms needs to seek medical helps as one may need prescription oral antbiotics. For otitis externa (infection of ear canal) prescription topical antibiotic with or wthout steroid is needed. ...Read more
Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more
Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more
In most cases it should be fine... But:
if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming.
If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting.
If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more
Ear infections in childhood include middle ear infection or otitis media and external ear infection or otitis externa. Otitis media occurs when the middle ear is infected by bacteria and/ or virus. Via the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube connects the pharynx to the middle ear. In young children the tube is short and flat and does not drain well facilitating infection ...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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