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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Overview)

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.


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How long does an ear infection take to cure?

How long does an ear infection take to cure?

Not that long: Simple war infections like external ear canal infections can clear with appropriate treatment in a few days. Chronic middle war infections may take longer time, they may need surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Overview)

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.


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Hoping you can tell me, is bloody nose a symptom of ear infection?

Hoping you can tell me, is bloody nose a symptom of ear infection?

Not likely: A bloody nose is a symptom of nasal dryness in most cases. Lubricating with vaseline is helpful, apply every few hours and drink plenty of fluids. If bleeding continues, see your doctor or and ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Ear infection (Tip)

Don't stick q-tips in the ear, it can cause damage to the ear drum. ...See more

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Are pain and fullness symptoms of ear infection?

Are pain and fullness symptoms of ear infection?

Yes: Among other things these are symptoms of ear infections. These symptoms can be associated with many other illnesses as well so see your doctor to make sure that you aren't missing anything more serious. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Ear infection (Tip)

To prevent middle ear infection in infants, do not prop bottles during feeding. ...See more

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Signs of an ear infection?

Ear Infection Signs: Ear infection symptoms include pain, hearing loss, and fever. Usually, these symptoms follow an upper respiratory infection, especially the common cold, in young children. Adults experience ear infections infrequently, but often may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Diagnose middle ear infection by 2 doctors went to 3rd doctor cause slight numbness in tongue, 3rd doc say this is from ear infection, would u agree?

Diagnose middle ear infection by 2 doctors went to 3rd doctor cause slight numbness in tongue, 3rd doc say this is from ear infection, would u agree?

Yes. I agree: It is possible to have a sensation of numbness while experiencing an ear infection based on the nerve that determines taste, which passes through the middle ear on its pathway to the tongue. If the middle ear gets infected, this nerve may get affected causing strange sensations on the tongue. Also, possible is a metallic like taste. ...Read more

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Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
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Ear infection (Tip)

Breast feed infants for at least 6 months to help prevent early episodes of ear infection. ...See more

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My ears are always wet and waxy. They itch most times but I have had some blood test done for allergies. I am ear infection free. What can I do?

My ears are always wet and waxy. They itch most times but I have had some blood test done for allergies. I am ear infection free. What can I do?

Waxy Ears: It is normal for the ear canals to make wax. However, some people tend to accumulate the wax and that can cause some problems. In order to keep the wax from building up it may be useful to clean the canals with either mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of equal amounts of rubbing alcohol and distilled vinegar. You can instill 3-5 drops in the ear canals twice a day when needed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ear infection?

What are the tests for ear infection?

Normally dont test: We normally don't test. You can determine an infection based on history and how the canal, and ear drum looks. ...Read more

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Ear infection (Tip)

Not all middle ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics; many are caused by viruses. ...See more

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How do you know if you have an ear infection and what can I take for the pain?

How do you know if you have an ear infection and what can I take for the pain?

Dr must look: Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) might help the pain. But other things can cause the ear to hurt than an infection in the ear and that is why it is important to have it looked at. Be well. ...Read more

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Do colds cause ear infections?

They can: Colds or (upper respiratory infections — uris) are the leading predisposing cause of ear infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
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Ear infection (Tip)

Middle ear infections do not need antibiotics. Do practice good hand washing ...See more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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