ear infection

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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 acute infection to resolv
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Dr. Vasu K. Brown answered:

Who gets ear infections?

Frequent sinus/cold

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People who get frequent cold or sinus infection, post nasal drip, young children, people with tonsils or adenoid issues can get frequent ear problems. In adults it is seen with impacted wax can get infection with the same
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Ear infection cause hives?

Uncommon

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There are reports of hives occurring during infections with Strep throat and viruses especially in children. An ear infection from a virus could potentially trigger hives, but more likely explanations would be the antibiotics used to treat infections, or other medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
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symptoms of ear infection?

Similar to teething

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The symptoms of an ear infection - otitis media - can be remarkably similar to those of teething, with all of some of these symptoms: irritability; poor sleep; diarrhea; tugging at ear (placing finger in ear, or even hitting ear); low-grade fever. The only way to tell them apart is careful examination of the ears.
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Dr. Robert Knox answered:

signs of an ear infection ?

Ear Infection Signs

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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.
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How to treat ear infections?

Comfort measures

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Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage.Infants should see the doc.
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Dr. Bin Sung answered:

Do inner ear infections hurt?

No

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You will experience vertigo and loss of balance instead.
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Dr. Patrick Melder answered:

Do colds cause ear infections?

They can

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Colds or (upper respiratory infections - URIs) are the leading predisposing cause of ear infections.
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How to treat an ear infection?

Correct diagnosis

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Treatment comes after diagnosis and also involves the age of the patient. Children with a red bulging ear drum usually require an APPROPRIATE antibiotic. Adults following a cold usually have a viral infection leading to fluid in the middle ear which does not require an antibiotic. Many middle ear infections resolve spontaneously (80%). Finally, external otitis is another type of ear infection.
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Dr. Patrick Melder answered:

How are ear infections treated?

Oral antibiotics

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For children most ear infections are MIDDLE ear infections related to poorly developed eustachian tubes resulting in fluid retention which provides an environment for bacterial overgrowth. Antibiotics and pain control are the accepted methods of treatment here in the US. Tube placement is indicated with repeated or chronic infections. Outer ear infections (swimmer's ear) are treated with drops.
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Can you fly with ear infection?

Not recommended

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Ear infections are inflammatory processes so flying and changing pressure in flight will most likely cause a great deal of pain. It can also cause the inflammation to worse, possibly cause the ear drum to rupture or cause further local damage. If you have questions definitely see a specialist.
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