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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

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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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. Tiffanie Noonan
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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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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Getting water in the ear does not cause otitis media (middle-ear infections). ...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 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 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

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Toddler Health (Tip)

Toddler Health

Getting water in the ear does not cause otitis media (middle-ear infections). ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

See your doctor for the proper diagnosis
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Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
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Finish your entire course of any antibiotic prescribed
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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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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. Ihab Ibrahim
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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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