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I have eustachian tube dysfunction that is continuous and painful. Can an adult get tubes to treat? (had them as a child for chronic ear infections)

I have eustachian tube dysfunction that is continuous and painful. Can an adult get tubes to treat? (had them as a child for chronic ear infections)

See ENT specialist: You should see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for an evaluation. Tubes are sometimes placed for adults, but the specialist can tell you if this is the proper treatment. ...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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Ent ? Chronic ear infections for 30 yrs had 2 sets of tubes as a child. Noticing hearing loss right side. Do they have adult tubes?

Ent ?  Chronic ear infections for 30 yrs had 2 sets of tubes as a child. Noticing hearing loss right side. Do they have adult tubes?

Yes, but...: ...They are very unusual. Other interventions are more likely. A cholesteatoma arising from old scars could be t he reason for your hearing loss, so you should consult an ENT asap. ...Read more

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Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Whats 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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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

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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Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Ear infection: Depends on what part of the ear is infected. Usually fullness and pressure type pain. At times pulsating. The tympanic membrane is dull or irritated and may be bulging. Hearing is reduced and there may be dizzyness. May or may not be fever. ...Read more

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What can I do about my chronic ear infections?

What can I do about my chronic ear infections?

Check with an ENT: Tina, have you seen an ear/nose/throat (otolaryngologist) specialist yet? Would recommend you do so. There are many reasons for chronic ear infections. Could be due to allergies, microbial infections, or perhaps a yet undiagnosed problem with the structure of the ear, to name a few. The specialist should be able to get to the bottom of things. Get an appointment, and hang in there! ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are ear infections common in adults?

Can you tell me, are ear infections common in adults?

Adults and ears: Ear infections are less common in adults than in children. The reason behind this can be attributed to anatomical differences in the size/shape of the head and the structures that allow for drainage. ...Read more

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What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many: If you are getting recurrent infection, it could be due to not treating it completely, nasal allergy can also give recurrent ear infection, or it could be due to anatomical abnormality of your ear canal. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do about my chronic ear infections?

Please tell me what can I do about my chronic ear infections?

See an ENT: If you are having chronic era infections, you should consider seeing a specialist. Go see an ent. ...Read more

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Please answer! what would cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many possibilities: You could have a resistant bacteria, smoking or second hand smoke, ge reflux, allergies, sinus infection, pressure changes (for instance frequent flying). These are just some of the more common causes, but the list is even longer of more unusual causes. If this is an ongoing problem, it's time to see and ENT doctor to sort out whats up. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many reasons: First, it depends on if your symptom is chronic pain or drainage of fluid. The causes of chronic ear drainage can be cholesteatoma or chronic infection of your middle ear. You need surgery to address this. If you keep getting acute otitis media, you may have poor eustachian tube function. Ventilation tubes for ears can help this. See an ent. ...Read more

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What can be done to help your ear to drain with an ear infection? Adult

What can be done to help  your ear to drain with an ear infection? Adult

Middle ear effusion : If you have fluid in the middle ear, we call that an effusion. This will cause congestion, pressure, and trouble hearing. You can take decongestants, mucolytics(thin mucus), and nasal steroids like Flonase, Nasacort, or Rhinocort OTC to help drain the fluid. If it persists, then see otolaryngologist for help. ...Read more

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I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

Water.: Getting the ear wet, the pool, the beach, or exposure to people that have ear infections can cause the back to back infections. Failure to adequately respond to the treatment the first time may have triggered, 2nd, 3rd. See your PCP you might be referred to an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have a chronic ear infection responding to no antibiotic yet. What's going to happen? I'm nervous.

See an ENT doctor: Have you been diagnosed with a middle ear infection (otitis media) or an external infection (otitis externa)? Google these terms to understand the differences. Or do you have water in your ear (serous otitis media)? Ask your doctor for a referral to an ENT doctor, or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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


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 ...Read more