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What is the definition or description of: Children ear infections?

What is the definition or description of: Children ear infections?

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

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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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds (upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Vomiting in kids: Can be caused by ear infections. Acid reflux should be another consideration. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

Be careful: Be careful with not treating ear infections in kids by seeing a doctor. There are some theories about psychiatric disorders coming from strep infections in children that were not treated or not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What are the best natural remedies for ear infections in children?

What are the best natural remedies for ear infections in children?

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

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Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

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

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What can be done to prevent ear infections in small children?

What can be done to prevent ear infections in small children?

Several: Washing hands often, keeping children away from other sick children, avoiding daycare or enrolling in daycare with 5 or fewer children, not exposing children to cigarette smoke, breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Why do ear infections only affect teens and, toddlers, and children?

Why do ear infections only affect teens and, toddlers, and children?

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

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Why are young children prone to ear infections?

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

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Why do some children get recurring ear infections?

Why do some children get recurring ear infections?

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

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Can you tell me if ear tubes are necessary in children who get many ear infections?

Can you tell me if ear tubes are necessary in children who get many ear infections?

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

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My son is. Congested, coughing, & has an ear. Infection. Dr gave him Bromfed. Is that ok? He also. Takes childrens zyrtec (cetirizine)

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Need to look intoear: Most likely 2possibilities.
If it is external ear infection drops may be fine.
In infection is in the middle year (behind ear drum) need oral antibiotics and if severe drops may needed.
Need more information. ...Read more

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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?

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

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If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

Not typical: That description is not a normal finding on a child. It could be due to several reasons so it is best to have MD examine it. If there is pain, fever or discharge see MD asao ...Read more

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Is there any medication that will heal a ear infection and won't cause a c diff infection.

Is there any medication that will heal a ear infection and won't cause a c diff infection.

Not really: Almost any antibiotic can cause C-Diff colitis. It is unusual for someone you age to have a significant inner ear infection without an anatomic problem. Consider an evaluation by an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Unsure why tongue seems to be sore if it’s an ear infection?

Unsure why tongue seems to be sore if it’s an ear infection?

Vagus nerve: This nerve goes both to the throat area as well as the ear and that may be the reason for the soreness would suspect it is the back of the tongue ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

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

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How do you cure an ear infection?

How do you cure an ear infection?

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

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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Does peroxide helps ear infection?

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

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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How will you control ear infection?

How will you control ear infection?

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

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Best way to treat an ear infection?

Best way to treat an ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus.
If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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What to take for ear infection otc?

What to take for ear infection otc?

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

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What to do about this ear infection?

What to do about this ear infection?

Have it treated: If you have an ear infection, proper evaluation and treatment is advised. Comfort measures with Ibuprofen or a heating pad can provide some relief, but resolution needs more. ...Read more

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How common is an e coli ear infection?

How common is an e coli ear infection?

Rare: If you are in good health otherwise, I would consider whether this might be a contaminant. ...Read more

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

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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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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What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

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

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How do I know if I have an ear infection?

How do I know if I have an ear infection?

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

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Symptoms of ear infection always the same?

No: Ear infections can present with just ear pain, fever, vomiting, tugging on the ears or throat pain or any combination of the above. ...Read more

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Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Generally yes: 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

Dr. Robert Golenbock
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Children Ear Infections (Definition)

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


Dr. James Krick
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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