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Dr. James Ferguson
1,056 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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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

Dr. James Ferguson
1,056 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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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear 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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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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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or a shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use acetaminophen or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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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

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 your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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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 to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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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

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

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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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, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean it's an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean it's an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat ear infection?

What happens if you don't treat ear infection?

Many things: The infection could clear by itself, about 25% do in 48 hours. If left alone the infection could result in permenant hearing loss, bone infection, brain abscess or thrombosis of a large vein in the brain called the lateral venous sinus (sort of stroke)- just to name a few complications. ...Read more

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Ear infection (Tip)

See your doctor if you have ear pain.Do not put things into your ear to relieve the pain without md. ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

Ear infection: The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. ...Read more

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Ear infection (Tip)

Did you know that white vinegar can help with mild infections of the external ear canal? ...See more

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My 9 month old has 100.8 fever. It has been 12 days after starting treatment for ear infection. Is this serious or just a sign that ear infection hasn't gone away?

My 9 month old has 100.8 fever.  It has been 12 days after starting treatment for ear infection. Is this serious or just a sign that ear infection hasn't gone away?

LOW GRADE FEVER: It's time to recheck the ear infection that was treated x 10 days ago. If the ear is ok and nothing new is found, then the low grade fever does not mean anything. It can be viral infection. Baby is ok as long as he is eating and playful! ...Read more

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What are potential side effects of treatments for ear infections?

Various: There are many possible side effects for the many various treatments for ear infections. ...Read more

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Ear infection (Tip)

Uncommon in adults! acetaminophen for pain. Infection needs abx if rupture, pain immediately better. ...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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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