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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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What are the causes of ear infections?

What are the causes of ear infections?

Ears are connected..: ...To the nose on the inside, with a tunnel called the eustacian tube. Anything that happens in the nose, can affect the ear. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
1,029 doctors shared insights

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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Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Maturity: Ear infections are thought to result from a poorly functioning eustachain tube which connects the middle ear to the nose. As one ages the tube matures.It gets larger making it less likely to obstruct. It is this blockage that causes ear infections.In addition, it is probable that the immune systems matures, fighting the infections off more efficiently. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Strutt Dr. Strutt
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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

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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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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)

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

Dr. Felecia Sumner Dr. Sumner
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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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How can I prevent ear infections in my child?

How can I prevent ear infections in my child?

Ear infections: The greatest reason for ear infection in the very young is due to both anatomy and laying down. As a child grows the angle of the tube that hooks the ear to the throat becomes more acute, and the tube becomes longer, resulting in most kids "outgrowing" the risk. However, there are a number of other factors and one of the most often over looked is allergies which cause chronic nasal congestion. ...Read more

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What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many: If you are getting recurrent infection, it could be due to not treating it completely, nasal allergy can also give recurrent ear infection, or it could be due to anatomical abnormality of your ear canal. ...Read more

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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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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How are ear infections treated?

How are ear infections treated?

Oral antibiotics: 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. ...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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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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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Are there any home remedies for curing ear infections?

Are there any home remedies for curing ear infections?

NO: There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc. ...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

Dr. Gregory Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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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. Heidi Fowler
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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