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Constant ear infections. Should my 5 year old get tubes?

Constant ear infections. Should my 5 year old get tubes?

Hearing loss: If your child's hearing is starting to get worse from the infections, it may be time for tubes. Of course, if someone smokes in the house, getting rid of smoke might be all you need. And this is rarely a consideration for 5-year-olds, but drinking while lying flat on one's back is also a risk factor for otitis media. ...Read more

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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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Should i consider getting tubs in my 6 month old baby? She has had 5 dbl ear infections since october 5th 2012 with 2 times the right ears drum rup

Should i consider getting tubs in my  6 month old baby?  She has had 5 dbl ear infections since october 5th 2012 with  2 times the right ears drum rup

Consider evauation: I would send you /baby for an ENT evaluation. After 90 days of repeated infections or 5 in a year, a kid may benefit from the procedure. However, the presence of a perforation may delay the procedure. ...Read more

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My mom thinks i need blood work on my 3 yr old. Gets fevers 1x per month. Had cold 5/6 times this year, ear tubes. Cause for worry?

My mom thinks i need blood work on my 3 yr old. Gets fevers 1x per month. Had cold 5/6 times this year, ear tubes. Cause for worry?

Fever: It's probable that your child is suffering from a benign condition called pfapa - periodic fevers, aphthou stomatitis (canker sores in mouth), pharybgitis (sore throat) and adenitis (swollen glands. Diagnosis is by cbc, urinalysis, cultures of the throat, blood & urine. Fevers usually last 2-5 days and the child has normal growth and is fine between fevers. You'll need the pediatrician to evaluate. ...Read more

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5.5 month old batting at ears for 2 days. Teething or ear infection? Do i take her in?

5.5 month old batting at ears for 2 days. Teething or ear infection? Do i take her in?

Hard to say: The first teeth to erupt are the lower front teeth and these typically do not cause ear pain. Babies that are teething will drool a lot and be cranky. If your baby has a fever and acts sick, or if this persists then it may be an ear infection and she needs to be checked. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter gets ear infection frequently. What can I do to improve her immunity?

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See below: For children experiencing frequent ear infections, avoidance of exposure to tobacco smoke, adequate immunizations against pneumococcus and influenza, and utilizing small sized babycare setting instead of large daycare would be advised. Tympanostomy tube insertion should also be considered if middle ear effusion persists between bouts of infections. ...Read more

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My 4-yr-old had 3 ear infections in 10 months. Should I consider ear tubes?

My 4-yr-old had 3 ear infections in 10 months. Should I consider ear tubes?

Nasal allergy: That is one possibility. Three infection inside of ten months may be caused secondarily by a nasal allergy. You might want to have him evaluated by an allergist before considering tubes. ...Read more

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My almost 3 year old has been getting ear infections since she was little,what should I do,what can happen,how to stop these....she has sinus problems?

My almost 3 year old has been getting ear infections since she was little,what should I do,what can happen,how to stop these....she has sinus problems?

Ear infections: many children get ear infections when they are between 1-3. Typically they begin to outgrow them at this age. If the child is getting more than 5-6 ear infections per year, typically ear tubes are placed to reduce the number of infections and allow them to be treated with drops in the ear rather than more oral antibiotics. Frequent ear infections can affect hearing and speech development. ...Read more

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My son is 9 months old and has had 5 ear infections. Every time he has a running nose it ends up causing an ear infection. Does he need tubes?

My son is 9 months old and has had 5 ear infections.  Every time he has a running nose it ends up causing an ear infection. Does he need tubes?

EAR INFECTIONS &TUBE: In a 9 months old with 5 ear infections seem like he has a persistence otitis media.I would recommend you take him to a pediatric otorhinolaryngitis specialist and discuss if he will benefit from the tubes.But having said that you need to suction his nose after using saline nose drops to keep his eustacian tubes patent to prevent him from getting ear infections.Discuss with ped ENT doc. ...Read more

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Hello. I am a 48 yr old female. Have been having a problem with itchy breasts/ nipples for the past 6 to 8 months or so. Im 48 yrs old with 2 kids/men. (22 and 25 yrs old) itchy nipples and scratching til they are raw and bleed is my problem having som

Hello. I am a 48 yr old female.  Have been having a problem with itchy breasts/ nipples for the past 6 to 8 months or so. Im 48 yrs old with 2 kids/men. (22 and 25 yrs old)

itchy nipples and scratching til they are raw and bleed is my problem

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First : First of all, please be sure that your mammograms are up to date. I would recommend that you see your regular doctor, gynecologist or a breast specialist to have a complete evaluation. Of course if that is negative, then be sure that it is not your bra that may have something irritating in it, or that you haven't used new lotions/creams or laundry detergents. But I do advise that you have a complete breast evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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I have 59 years old and I have hole in my ear .aI have bad ear pain after using antibiotic ear drop which prescribed by ENT .shall I continue It?

I have 59 years old and I have hole in my ear .aI have bad ear pain after using antibiotic ear drop which prescribed by ENT .shall I continue It?

Perforation/drops: Unless you are draining pus or blood or have swelling of your ear canal; the drops are unlikely to help. Keep it dry and follow up with ENT. You may require a patch. All the best. ...Read more

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4yr old still getting ear infections even with tubes in his ears. Already has decreased hearing in left ear. Should i be concerned?

4yr old still getting ear infections even with tubes in his ears. Already has decreased hearing in left ear. Should i be concerned?

Probably not: Insertion of tympanostomy tube does decrease the recurrence of ear infection but not totally prevent it. The real benefit of "tube" is draining the fluid cummulated and restoring the hearing. His hearing deficit should have been eliminated or minimized as long as tube remains patent. ...Read more

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Hi there, I'm Kate! I'm 20 years old and I live in MN. I have had problems with my ears for a year to a year and a half now. I have constant eczema in?

Hi there, I'm Kate! I'm 20 years old and I live in MN. I have had problems with my ears for a year to a year and a half now. I have constant eczema in?

In the canal?: Seborrheic dermatitis is common in the ear canals and may respond best to remedies specific for it, often a combination. You need to be seen by a specalist if a generalist's Rx for "eczema" hasn't succeeded. ...Read more

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Ear pain. I've got a in date bottle of keflex. Can i take out for my ear infection? I'm 12 weeks pregnant and 22 yrs old. It hurts bad! thank you.

Best to get checked: An ear infection can be one of many possibilities to your ear pain. It would be best to get checked by a doctor to determine what the problem is before taking medications for something you may not need, especially when pregnant. Be well! ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter went to an urgent care almost a week ago has sinus infection her glands are still really swollen how long till they are normal?

May take a couple of: Weeks. Are her other symptoms resolving? If not getting better in a week have her reevaluated. ...Read more

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My son had ear tubes put in 4 days ago and now his ear drums are bright red. Should i be worried?

My son had ear tubes put in 4 days ago and now his ear drums are bright red. Should i be worried?

Normal : Some inflammation of eardrums after mt placement is normal. Most ENT doctors prescribe ear drops after surgery which should be sufficient to prevent infection. Call your doctor if still concerned. ...Read more

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I am 33 yrs old men I have middel ear and outer ear infection so can I take zinc 5gm daily is that prevent infection ?

I am 33 yrs old men I have middel ear and outer ear infection so can I take zinc 5gm daily is that prevent infection ?

Zinc: If you have disfunction of your eustachian tubes which may be causing your ear infections i don't believe zinc will prevent your infections. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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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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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It ...Read more