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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, 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.


Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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
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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, 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.


Dr. Stuart Bradin
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: ear infection?

What is the definition or description of: ear infection?

Infection inner ear: 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. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

Smoke increase risk, vaccines prevent infection.One happy baby ...See more

Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
40 years in practice
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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. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
40 years in practice
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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 Jassey
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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

When do you discuss about tubes in the ears ? How will it affect his speech? ...See more

Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
Dr. Sanford Archer
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Darin Brannan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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


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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as Middle ear infection. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, ...Read more


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