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Crackling Sound In Infected Ear
Crackling ear: Ear infections can include a buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. See your dr if fluid drains or other symptoms are present or crackling is pronounced. Less commonly considered, the ear's three tiny bones that tap the eardrum to generate sound can become stiff (otosclerosis) -- miniature arthritis -- that can contribute to hearing loss. ...Read more
Had or have ear infection (17 days feels better)now when I swallow I hear a cracklings sound coming from my ear, no pain...
Very good sign!: After an ear infection, when the ear starts crackling that means that the fluid left over from the infection inside the middle ear is slowly draining out on its own with air slowly refilling the middle ear space. This may be a very long process, over several weeks - but the more crackling the better! Over time the ear and hearing should return to normal. ...Read more
My ears make a crackling sound (with no pain) every time I swallow. I have this problem already for 7 years since I first had ear infection. Is it ok?
Hearing and painless: If you have no pain and your hearing is normal, then this may just be inconvenience rather than disease. If it is more than mild, you may have described some dysfunction of your eustachian tube. Sometimes other issues like allergies, frequent colds, smoking, etc. May influence the function of the tube and the accumulation of fluid in your middle ear. If severe, see ENT doc for detailed exam ...Read more
Your doctor: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more
I was wonder what the beat way to unclog an infected ear is. Nothing seems to work and I don't have insurance.
No insurance: Did you search for a free clinic in your neighborhood? See if they can refer you to an ear specialist. ...Read more
Piercing infection: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). Call your physician for medical evaluation. Your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more
Med eval: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). Call your physician for medical evaluation. Your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more
It is not normally: It is an antibacterial cream containing silver sulphadiazine and mostly used as an antibacreial crem for burns, short term treatment of leg ulcers and pressure sores and to prevent the infection in skin grafts. It is not used for treatment of skin infection not related to the above mentioned conditions. ...Read more
An ID specialist:
(Disclosure: I am an ID specialist)
You shouldn't have to live with a continuously infected ear piercing. Before you think of a medicine, you must know if your suffering is caused by an infection or an allergic reaction to the stud put through the piercing. If it is indeed an infection, the right treatment will be based on what is growing from cultures. An ID doctor can help you with your problem. ...Read more
I'm 53 years old and just recently have the problem of infected ear lobes with the use of "cheap" earrings...Meaning not 14 carat god. Why now?
Why not now?: Possibly allergy or sensitivity to the metal - often nickel. Allergy and sensitivity can develop anytime. Cheap earrings are not more infectious than the expensive variety. ...Read more
How can I treat an infected ear piercing without having to take my earring out? My piercing is brand new and started to swell 2 days after piercing it
May want evaluation.: You may want to have your ear evaluated by a doctor. If it is not responding to over the counter topical antibiotics like neosporin you may have a complicated infection that may require oral antibiotics. It is also very common to have a allergy to a metal in your earring that may seem like an infection but isn't. This may require something other than an antibiotic like a topical cortisone cream. ...Read more
Ear Piercing: Hydrogen peroxide at full strength can be very irritating to tissue. Try 1/2 strength diluted with water or saltwater solution instead. ...Read more
Do not self-treat: You don't. You see a doctor and let him or her handle the treatment of an infection. ...Read more
Can I use saline solution on top of peroxide to clean infected ear from piercing? Also is it ok if I accidently squirted saline solution inside ear?
Probably normal: I would have to know more about the sound., but I am guessing that it is crackling or popping which is usually air getting in to your ears as the fluid from the infection goes away. Sometimes the fluid moving can make a sound. If it is ringing, this could be a sign that the ear infection has spread to the inner ear and should be evaluated by with a hearing test and by an ENT (otolaryngologist). ...Read more
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Yes: Ear infections have some type of abnormal fluid in the ear. This may move as you do, cause the swoosh. ...Read more
I was given some antibiotic pills. How long does it usually take for an infected ear drum to stop hurting?
Here is the issue -: Even if you had a bacterial infection (most are likely viruses) there could still be pressure in the ear that causes pain. So, can 't really tell you how long it would take. ...Read more
Yes, very likely: Any infection of the skin can cause the regional lymph nodes to enlarge and become tender. It means you need to take antibiotics for which you should go see your doctor and let him/her examine you and assess the seriousness of this infection and treat it appropriately. ...Read more
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