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Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection?  And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection.It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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Are ear and throat infections contagious?

Are ear and throat infections contagious?

Yes: If they are infections, they are contagious. Fluid in the ears can be caused by allergies and would not be contagious. Same with drainage in the throat. If it a bacteria or virus, it is contagious. If it is allergies, it is not. ...Read more

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Can excess earwax in the ear cannal cause a throat infection?

No: The external ear canal is "blocked" from the middle ear by the ear drum (tympanic membrane)... ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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Can an ear wax buildup cause a sore throat and neck under the ears?

Can an ear wax buildup cause a sore throat and neck under the ears?

Not related: Typical ear wax building up may cause hearing difficulty, but not the cause of your sore throat and neck under the ears. See your doctor early for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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And difference in signs and symptoms of ear infection in adults?

And difference in signs and symptoms of ear infection in adults?

Discomfort, drainage: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Yes it can: Need to plug your ear on the perforated side till seen by ENT, to decide whether surgery is needed to graft the drum, wax plugs sre available, different treatment options and at times antibiotic ear drops adminstered prophylactically, ENT evaluation and follow up are needed ...Read more

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Sharp pain in R ear. Bit of sore throat. Antibiotic ear drops need to be dropped in both ears or just R ear? Need oral antibiotics for full recovery?

Sharp pain in R ear. Bit of sore throat. Antibiotic ear drops need to be dropped in both ears or just R ear? Need oral antibiotics for full recovery?

See your physician: Your healthcare provider should have instructed you on which ear to place the drops. If the infection is only on the ear canal then you may not need an oral antibiotic. But I recommend you check with your health care provider for instructions and if any further treatment is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
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For the past two days throat sore and ear aches, throat pain is in very localized spot just under jaw below ear. Is it ear or throat?

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
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Throat: Pharyngitis (throat infection) often causes pain referred to the ear. The ear itself is rarely involved in adults. Treat with anti inflammatory medicine as usual. ...Read more

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Had throat infection and ear infection took antibiotics for 10 days. My glands in throat are very swollen and sore still?

Had throat infection and ear infection took antibiotics for 10 days. My glands in throat are very swollen and sore still?

Other cause: It could be your throat symptoms were caused by a bacteria that was not sensitive to the antibiotic you took, that the infection was realy caused by a virus, and that your throat irritation is not infectious at all and due to something like allergies. If your glands were really swollen and really sore throat, at your age i would consider mono and i would ask your doc about that possibility. ...Read more

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What is ear infection and fever have in common?

What is ear infection and fever have in common?

Same time: Ear infection can cause fever. Fever does not cause ear infections. Fever is a symptom of infection, including ear infection. ...Read more

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Last wk diagnosed ear infection in both ears and sinus infection. Antibiotics finished ears and glands near ears sore. Repeat script or go back to doc?

Last wk diagnosed ear infection in both ears and sinus infection. Antibiotics finished ears and glands near ears sore. Repeat script or go back to doc?

Go back to doctor : Please, can still be a viral disease, or different antibiotic is needed, new organism might be on board, wish you wellness ...Read more

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What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

Depends: If evaluated by a dr. And a history and physical exam is performed with a visual inspection of you ears, a diagnosis can be forthcoming regarding whether it is viral or bacterial. Bacterial would require antibiotics, whereas a viral infection would require more supportive care of the symptoms (nsaids, ant-pyretics, etc.). ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Pharyngitis (Definition)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more