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Do Inner Ear Infections Hurt
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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so i can sleep and lay back?
Types Ear infection: 3 types of ear infections: outer, middle &inner. Inner ear infection involves the balance system and people get very dizzy. Outer ear infection involves the outer ear and ear canal. It can be very painful. There is usually swelling and drainage of the ear. Middle ear involves the ear drum and middle ear space. There is pain, muffled hearing etc. For pain: advil, or tylenol+warm compress. ...Read more
Probably middle ear : The inner ear (near the brain) is not likely the source of pain. It's probably external or middle ear. Infection of middle ear would always cause a significant drop in hearing with it. External infection would cause swelling of canal with pain and possible drainage. ...Read more
Everytime I burp I have a very sharp pain in my inner ear. When I swallow hard it also hurts my ear. I'm wondering what could be causing it? I also want to know if it could be a serious ear infection, I get them often back to back but I've never had a bur
Otitis media?: Do you mean an infection behind the eardrum, often called otitis media? A true "inner ear" infection is rare and serious. It involves the labyrinth/cochlea which is the sensory organ that transduces sound into electrical signals transmitted to your brain. Otitis media will often resolve quickly with antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not long.: If the ear infection is treated with an antibiotic, which is usually but not always the case, it should improve in 1-3 days. If it hasn't, call your doctor, since it may be necessary to look again. And determine if the antibiotic should be changed. There are circumstances in which a doctor may choose watchful waiting rather than an antibiotic, then the ear should be rechecked within several days. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Middle ear infection: An inner ear infection is very rare and can be very serious. However, you may be referring to otitis media, which is an infected collection of fluid behind the ear drum. If untreated, it will often resolve on its own. However, you can also have complications from it anywhere from simply rupturing the ear drum to more complex things like meningitis or mastoiditis. ...Read more
Otitis externa is also known as Swimmer's ear. Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more
The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more
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