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My 6 mon old bub has thick dark liquid coming out of the same ear for a month now and it smells he's been on anti twice in a month for ear infec -help?

My 6 mon old bub has thick dark liquid coming out of the same ear for a month now and it smells he's been on anti twice in a month for ear infec -help?

Culture: Your doctor needs to take a sample of that drainage and send it for culture. It could be a resistant bacteria, or other infection like a fungus or yeast, especially since he's been on several courses of antibiotics. If your primary care doc can't help you, see an ENT doc. That kind of smelly drainage is not normal in a 6 month old. ...Read more

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If I had a tumor in my inner ear, what would the symptoms be? Would a ear infec. With roaring& some dizziness be it? Would it be constant?

If I had a tumor in my inner ear, what would the symptoms be? Would a ear infec. With roaring& some dizziness be it? Would it be constant?

Hearing & Balance: Tumors of the inner ear are not common. The most common tumor of the ear would be an acoustic neuroma which is benign and not cancer. Most present with hearing loss - usually gradual but can be sudden. Tinnitus (abnormal sound in the ear) is possible as well. Dizziness is a very uncommon presenting symptom because these tumors usually grow very slowly the body compensates for the loss of balance. ...Read more

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Clogged left ear, gets worse with allergy chgs, causes migraines. Had ear infec first time ever 3 years ago, has never been normal since. What to do?

Clogged left ear, gets worse with allergy chgs, causes migraines. Had ear infec first time ever 3 years ago, has never been normal since. What to do?

See an allergist: You may benefit from allergy injections. I recommend that you see an allergist for skin testing to see if allergies are truly a cause of your symptoms. If so, medicines can be customized for your needs. If the meds fail then injections may be needed. ...Read more

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2 y/o w ear infec bin on amoxicilin for 5 dy fever gon is playful but stil no apetit n chest congestion n cough as bad as day1. Switch antib?

2 y/o w ear infec bin on amoxicilin for 5 dy fever gon is playful but stil no apetit n chest congestion n cough as bad as day1. Switch antib?

Otitis media: You may have continue the same abx, as it appears it has helped as the fever went down and child is playful. However if he is not improving in the next five days, you may have to take him back to the doctor. ...Read more

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Have tubes because of mastoiditis now have ear infec tubes shifted down taking antibiotic and drops can't hear drainage not getting better y?

Have tubes because of mastoiditis now have ear infec tubes shifted down taking antibiotic and drops can't hear drainage not getting better y?

Tubes open?: You need to get to an ENT to make sure that your tubes are in and working. Your hearing could be down for many reasons so, it's best to get checked out. ...Read more

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Went to ER they diagnosed ear infec and sinus infec blood press was high gave meds for that too. 3days ago still feeling bad. Normal? Feel dizzy

Went to ER they diagnosed ear infec and sinus infec blood press was high gave meds for that too. 3days ago still feeling bad. Normal? Feel dizzy

Not normal: It this was indeed a sinus and ear infection and they gave you appropriate antibiotics/medications, you should have some relief by now. The dizziness is very likely related to your current illness. I recommend you see your primary care doctor. If you are not better after your visit w/ your doctor, you will need to see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Age23, female, today I noticed a raised vessel on side of forhead just below hair line. I am not hypertensive. Just having fungal ear infec, causes? Brief.

Age23, female, today I noticed a raised vessel on side of forhead just below hair line. I am not hypertensive. Just having fungal ear infec, causes? Brief.

Normal vein?: If the vessel is soft and easily compressible it's a vein and usually of no significance unless it is tender. From your description it's less likely that you are describing the temporal artery, which would feel firm and pulsating. A very prominent temporal artery may be a sign of Temporal Arteritis, which should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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If I get the flu or a cold will it cause Bell's palsy or inner ear infec or something worse fear bells?

If I get the flu or a cold will it cause Bell's palsy or inner ear infec or something worse fear bells?

Rarely: Many, not all, episodes of Bell's Palsy seem to follow a viral uri. But I see hundreds of people with uris every year, while only a few cases of Bell's per year ...Read more

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How can I boost my 8 month old immune system before the winter comes is there a medication or certain foods ican give he catches throat&ear infec alot?

How can I boost my 8 month old immune system before the winter comes is there a medication or certain foods ican give he catches throat&ear infec alot?

Immune boosting: No. There is no magical formula to improve immune function. Young children are more susceptible to infection because they have not been exposed to many of the common pathogens present in the community and it takes time for them to build up the prerequisite antibodies to reduce the frequency of future attacks. There are some babies with immune deficiency but this must be detected by pediatriiacian. ...Read more

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Recovered from ear infec. Antibis worked. Worried abt 2 swollen glands just above collar b either side. Bloods clear. Could this be lymphoma?

Recovered from ear infec. Antibis worked. Worried abt 2 swollen glands just above collar b either side. Bloods clear. Could this be lymphoma?

Not Lymphoma: Not. Not at all. Swollen glands are supposed to be swollen when they are fighting off an infection. A healthy immune system has lymph nodes that swell. They are palpable. They are a sign of health not a sign of cancer! Once they swell they can take several weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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Can partialy treated ear infec cause strep throat in 6yr old he took amxicil for 6.5 days & cefdnir a month later for 10 days fr strep. Complications?

Can partialy treated ear infec cause strep throat in 6yr old he took amxicil for 6.5 days & cefdnir a month later for 10 days fr strep. Complications?

Yes & no: Group a strep can cause an ear infections but it accounts for a small minority. Partial treatment can prevent primary cure, but some ears can reinfect when the fluid behind the drum remains. (often up to 6 wks)to me strep complications include kidney disease, rheumatic fever or neurologic disorders related to strep a. Persistence after inadequate treatment is expected, not a complication. ...Read more

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My 6 month baby seems to always be ill he's had a throat infec- ear infec-s/reflux cough -phlegm broncholitis and now croup in the past few weeks why?

My 6 month baby seems to always be ill he's had a throat infec- ear infec-s/reflux cough -phlegm broncholitis and now croup in the past few weeks why?

Infant illness: Welcome to parenthood! When we get an infection, we develop resistance/ immunity to future infections. But first we must get sick. Infants and children lack immunity and seem to get sick more often. If your pediatrician is not concerned, no need for you to be, although it is very hard to have a sick baby. ...Read more

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3yr old has tummy pain, fever stuffy nose, dx with ear infec by doc but she has had no ear pain how is this possible and why does she have tummy pain?

3yr old has tummy pain, fever stuffy nose, dx with ear infec by doc but she has had no ear pain how is this possible and why does she have tummy pain?

Tummy pain: Ear infections can be painless for sure. The picture you are describing could be viral infection that can cause ear infections and abdominal pain. Adenovirus is one example. Also, there are viruses called enterovirus that ca do that too but ...Read more

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Is it common for Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic Suspension USP 10 mL to cause pain with swimmers ear and a middle ear infec?

Is it common for Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic Suspension USP 10 mL to cause pain with swimmers ear and a middle ear infec?

Ear pain: The suspension usually does not, the solution which is more acidic can more often. Would have ear checked for TM perforation. ...Read more

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I have lupus and am remission. I have a sore on my ear, a fever, a large node in front of my ear and jaw pain. Can a swollen lymph node cause jaw pain. Dentist said teeth are ok. Derm says ear infec?

I have lupus and am remission. I have a sore on my ear, a fever, a large node in front of my ear and jaw pain. Can a swollen lymph node cause jaw pain. Dentist said teeth are ok. Derm says ear infec?

Probably infection: I guess you have an infection causing swollen node and jaw pain. You should try antibiotics first for at least a week, if not better then consider other causes. ...Read more

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My 18 month old son keeps getting a fever it did go away for a day and back again dry cough no runny nose dr said he had no ear/throat infec what isit?

My 18 month old son keeps getting a fever it did go away for a day and back again dry cough no runny nose dr said he had no ear/throat infec what isit?

Fever: How high is the fever, you may need to get a complete blood count, chest x-ray and urine test done, upper respiratory infections do cause fever and treatment remains symptomatic. Complete blood count can point towards bacterial or viral infection ...Read more

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Can my 5y/o daughter have cva? Had many upper, ear and sinus infec. Has pneumonia now and cronic cough that gets worse with known irratants?

Can my 5y/o daughter have cva? Had many upper, ear and sinus infec. Has pneumonia now and cronic cough that gets worse with known irratants?

Unusual.: Although strokes in young children are unusual, they are not unheard of. Because they are so rare, your child should be evaluated by a pediatric neurologist. Lowered intrinsic immune function is not uncommon in young children, although there is a slight possibility that the two things (including stroke) are connected. ...Read more

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My child ear pain ped said swim ear not full infec scribed cipro-hc otic in the past mom bad reac turned in2 a gluelike paste worried to start script?

My child ear pain ped said swim ear not full infec scribed cipro-hc otic in the past mom bad reac turned in2 a gluelike paste worried to start script?

External otitis: Make sure to keep the drops at the proper temperature. Swirl them gently before applying. If the canal is too full of thick debris for the drops to go in, an ear nose and throat doctor (ENT) can suction out the pus and even place a cotton wick into the ear canal. Usually this is not necessary, but can provide relief for severe infections. ...Read more

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Got sick 2 weeks ago, upper rec infec and ear. Still coughing, smoker. Is this from smoking or lingering illness??

Got sick 2 weeks ago, upper rec infec and ear. Still coughing, smoker. Is this from smoking or lingering illness??

Get checked.: Smokers are more prone to developing bacterial infections after having a common cold. Get seen, you may need antibiotics. If you don't want this to happen more and more as time goes on, you know what to do! (Quit smoking!) ...Read more

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My head hurts and my left ear hurts to touch and has been achy. I feel like I have pressure in it.? What can I do for the pain of ear? And Is it infec

Exam needed: A health care provider will need to examine you to determine the cause of the ear pain and headache and to prescribe appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Help unblocking ear?

Help unblocking ear?

Lets look inside: We'd need to look inside.
It's probably wax
try some ear drops to soften things up. It may fall out on its own.

Don't use qtips. You may puncture your ear drum and lose your hearing. ...Read more

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Ear noise loud music

Ear noise loud music

Without: Without knowing anything else other than "ear noise" and " loud music" I would guess you have tinnitis secondary to some degree of acoustical trauma. The appropriate thing to do would be to obtain an audiogram (hearing test). ...Read more

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What is surfers ear?

What is surfers ear?

Extra bone: This is extra bone growth (exostosis) in the canal from the cold water. Nobody understands why it happens. It's not an infection like swimmer's ear. ...Read more

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How can I pop my ears?

How can I pop my ears?

HOLD YOUR NOSE: And SWALLOW!


Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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How can I pop my ears?

How can I pop my ears?

Chew gum: Or open you jaw as wide as you can. Closing your nose and mouth while blowing out can be dangerous if you do it too hard, you can rupture your eradrums! ...Read more

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Constant rining in ear?

Constant rining in ear?

Tinnitus.: Didn't see your age or whether this is one sided, but....It needs explanation. Most tinnitus is bilateral and associated with significant noise exposure and age. Some medications can cause this but again both sides. See your doc and have an audiogram. ...Read more