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What could cause a crackling sound in infected ear when I move my head?

What could cause a crackling sound in infected ear when I move my head?

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

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


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Had or have ear infection (17 days feels better)now when I swallow I hear a cracklings sound coming from my ear, no pain...

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

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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?

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

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Where do I go to get help with infected ear piercings?

Where do I go to get help with infected ear piercings?

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

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What's the best way to keep water out of an infected ear?

What's the best way to keep water out of an infected ear?

Read: Water should not hurt your ear, even if its infected. But if you really want to, soak a cotton ball in mineral oil and place it in the ear.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How could I cure my infected ear piercing?

How could I cure my infected ear piercing?

Take out earring: You also probably need a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can you treat my infected ear piercing?

How can you treat my infected ear piercing?

See your doctor: Remove the ear piercing, apply topical antibiotic, see your doctor. You may need antibiotics by mouth as well to control the infection. ...Read more

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What can you do with an infected ear piercing?

See doctor: For oral and or topical antibiotics, try cleaning with hydrogen peroxide ...Read more

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What to do about infected ear piercing! Advice?

What to do about infected ear piercing! Advice?

Seek medical care.: Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat my infected ear piercing?

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

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How do I treat swollen and infected ear piercings?

How do I treat swollen and infected ear piercings?

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

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How effective is flamazine cream for an infected ear?

How effective is flamazine cream for an infected ear?

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

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Please tell me if there is any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

Please tell me if there is any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

Have it evaluated.: It is not good to have an infection for long periods of time. Have it evaluated for proper antibiotic selection. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

Help! Need to know if there's any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

Remove earring: That may be the source of infection or it may not be pure gold. A common problem is other metals, notably nickel, are present and this is an allergic reaction, not infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

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

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Why is hydrogen peroxide bad for infected ear piercings and what are some alternatives?

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

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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?

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?

OK: Peroxide is only irritating it: stop. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is a common sensitizer which does not help any infection. Are you sure it is infected? How is the other ear? See your dr. ...Read more

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My ear is infected from an ear infection. Is there any tips to help my ear?

My ear is infected from an ear infection. Is there any tips to help my ear?

Proper treatment: You need to see a doctor to receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Until then, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin should give pain relief. Do not lay flat-keep your head slightly elevated. On on a heating pad on the affected ear may also give some pain relief. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear like a weird sound in ear whilst having an ear infection?

Is it normal to hear like a weird sound in ear whilst having an ear infection?

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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Is it normal to hear this swooshing sounds when you have an ear infection?

Is it normal to hear this swooshing sounds when you have an ear infection?

Yes: Ear infections have some type of abnormal fluid in the ear. This may move as you do, cause the swoosh. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear like a ring sound in ear when having an ear infection?

Is it normal to hear like a ring sound in ear when having an ear infection?

Common: Not "normal" because it doesn't always occur. But it can be a very common symptom with an ear infection. ...Read more

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I was given some antibiotic pills. How long does it usually take for an infected ear drum to stop hurting?

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

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Can an infected ear piercing cause tooth pain?

Can an infected ear piercing cause tooth pain?

Not relevant: However, ear piercing infection must be treated as soon as possible. See your PCP for treatment. ...Read more

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Can my infected ear piercing cause the lymph nodes behind by ear to be tender?

Can my infected ear piercing cause the lymph nodes behind by ear to be tender?

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