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I used some cotton balls to block my ears b/c went to an event with loud DJ music. The cotton balls were in a plastic bag. It was placed on a table which wasn't clean. Can cotton balls get contaminated&cause infection to my ears? Have felt pain in ears.

I used some cotton balls to block my ears b/c went to an event with loud DJ music. The cotton balls were in a plastic bag. It was placed on a table which wasn't clean. Can cotton balls get contaminated&cause infection to my ears? Have felt pain in ears.

Doubtful: I wouldn't think so. I wonder if you may have pushed some cerumen back toward the tympanic membrane, in the process of using these cotton balls. Sometimes trauma can cause external otitis but I wouldn't expect this from using cotton balls. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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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Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

No: This will actually help trap moisture and provide a better growth medium for a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen. I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4

I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen.
I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4

I : I hope you are better by now. For anyone reading this post or for your future reference, you can always call the doctor that is treating you. He/she will tell you if they think you should come back into the office, go to the er, or they may just want to change your medication.
In your case the antibiotics were not adequate or they may not have been necessary since many ear infections are viral and tend to clear on their own over time.
If for some reason you are still in pain and have not seen your doctor do so immediately.
All the best. ...Read more

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How can you heal 2-3 mm hole in ear membrane (cotton stick usage) after 10 days unsuccessful Otipax low dose drop treatment; no bacterial infection?

How can you heal 2-3 mm hole in ear membrane (cotton stick usage) after 10 days unsuccessful Otipax low dose drop treatment; no bacterial infection?

Perforation-ENT: Moste perforations of the tympanic membrane require ENT evaluation- some heal spontaneously and some never closed and may require surgery: get an expert opinion. ...Read more

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4year with ear infection, just after winter flu, placed cotton wool with olive oil in ear.should I go to doctor or wait and see?

4year with ear infection, just after winter flu, placed cotton wool with olive oil in ear.should I go to doctor or wait and see?

Try this: Read this short article: https://www.kaushikmd.com/boost-your-immunity-to-beat-cough-cold-this-season/

If symptoms don't improve in 3 days, tehn take him to his PCP; sooner if worse. ...Read more

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Dark brown ear wax balls coming out by themselves from the right ear of my 3 month old baby girl. Normal or infection?

Dark brown ear wax balls coming out by themselves from the right ear of my 3 month old baby girl. Normal or infection?

Sounds more : Like earwax rather than an infection. Red flag if with fever, fussy, runny nose, coughing etc. Persistent drainage from the ear need to be checked for possible ear infection. ...Read more

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For the experts — might using cotton balls in my ears help my excessive earwax?

For the experts — might using cotton balls in my ears help my excessive earwax?

NO: Most people I see with "excessive" earwax have normal earwax but overuse cotton swabs. While they may get out some wax with them, they end up pushing more in deeper which allows the wax to get packed in and potentially act as a plug, making it harder to hear and possibly painful or itchy.

I would avoid cotton swabs more than 2x a month. Your body often can take care of itself. ...Read more

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Do cotton balls in your ear help swimmers ear?

Do cotton balls in your ear help swimmers ear?

No: Swimmer's ear is misnomer for external otitis. This is an infection, dermatitis of the skin of the external ear canal. A cotton ball would only help if you want to prevent water from getting into the ear canal. External otitis may be the result of swimming, but is often the result from q-tip usage, fungal infections, bacterial infections, all involving the outer ear. No cotton balls won't help. ...Read more

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Can putting cotton swabs in my ear infect my brain?

Can putting cotton swabs in my ear infect my brain?

But....: But it can puncture your eardrum which may cause serious hearing complications. In children, " never put anything smaller than your elbow in any opening of the body". ...Read more

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My eardrum was tear off by Putting cotton bud in my ear and it start bleeding+water got in. Then yellow liquid came out. Is this serious ifmy ear infect?

My eardrum was tear off by Putting cotton bud in my ear and it start bleeding+water got in. Then yellow liquid came out. Is this serious ifmy ear infect?

Clarification: Cotton baton does not usually cause a perforation of the ear drum. If you used a Q-tip, then it is possible for an ear drum to be damaged. If, indeed, you have a hole in the ear drum and water got in, and you have yellow liquid coming out, then you have a middle ear infection. You must see an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have an extremely terrible ear ache that makes it hard to eat, sleep or work. I have tried Tylenol, (acetaminophen) cotton balls and even a hot bottle water.

I have an extremely terrible ear ache that makes it hard to eat, sleep or work. I have tried Tylenol, (acetaminophen) cotton balls and even a hot bottle water.

Ear vs TMJ: Any other signs of TMJ problem? Painful chewing, limited oral opening, jaw clicking? If so, you probably have TMJ — see TMJ expert.
If only ear pain, take OTC pain meds and see ENT doc. ...Read more

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Does retracted ear drums cause an infection?

NO: Retracted ear drums are probably result of infection not the cause. ...Read more

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Supposing you have an infection on your ear what would it look like?

Supposing you have an infection on your ear what would it look like?

Many possibilities: Pains, redness, inflammation, swelling, scaling, blistering, and having an itchy sensation are signs of a possible infection. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My pierced ears are giving me troubleand I need advise for infections etc.?

Consult your Doctor: If it is causing pain or getting infected you should consult your doctor as the ear ring might need to be taken out. It can only be determined after examination,. ...Read more

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Is crackling in my ear due to an infection?

May be: Crackling in the ear is pretty non-specific. An abnormal ear sound can occur from something within the ear itself, or with the sinus passages around the ear. The diagnosis of an ear infection is made by a physician who looks into the ear canal and evaluates the tissue and the ear drum. If that is clear, they should look in your throat to see if there is swelling of tonsils. Check sinuses as well. ...Read more

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Ear pain infection problems and treatement?

Ear Pain Adults: Ear pain In adults is a common problem Often the cause is 'otitis externa' which is an inflammation of the ear canal (sometimes with infection) It often starts with the canal being itchy or after getting the ear wet e.g. after a lot of swimming.
It can be VERY painful, so taking medicines like paracetamol +/- ibuprofen can help
Treatment is by keeping the ear dry +/-drops prescribed by a Dr ...Read more

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Signs of an ear infection?

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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What are ear infection symptoms?

What are ear infection symptoms?

OM symptoms: Can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications. ...Read more

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How do you treat an ear infection?

How do you treat an 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 help ear infection?

Does peroxide help 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 an ear infection?

What can I do for an 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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Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Not necessarily: I'd recommend getting it looked at if it hurts. An ear infection could be crackly, cut crackly doesn't mean ear infection. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection are what?

Symptoms of ear infection are what?

Pain: Pain is the primary symptom.

Drainage from the ear can suggest an external infection. ...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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How long does an ear infection last?

7-10 days: Ear infections (middle ear) can resolve on their own in 7-10 days. The non-infected fluid can persist for up to 3 months behind the ear drum. ...Read more