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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


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Could tonsillitis cause right nose blockage and multi ear infection with sleep abnea?

Could tonsillitis cause right nose blockage and multi ear infection with sleep abnea?

Not likely : In general, tonsillitis can cause obstructive symptoms in the throat, not the nose. For the nose, the adenoids (upper throat, behind the nose) can cause nasal obstruction . A nasal septum deviation or turbinate enlargement is very likely to contribute to nasal blockage. Adenoids can contribute to ear infections. Tonsil and adenoid problems can contribute to sleep apnea problems. See an ent. ...Read more

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What could cause daily headaches right ear pain ear drainage feels like ear is clogged and wet inside. No sign of infection. Ear pain for 4 months.

What could cause daily headaches right ear pain ear drainage feels like ear is clogged and wet inside. No sign of infection. Ear pain for 4 months.

Headaches & Ear Pain: Sometimes the occipital nerve such as the lesser or third occipital nerve can cause ear pain that is associated with headaches. Are the headaches in the back of your head and rarely go past the top of your head? Any issues with your neck? May need a med to calm down irritation to the occipital nerve (short course oral steroids, Toradol, or neuropathic meds). ...Read more

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Finished 5D zpack for ear infection Feel ringing in ear, fluid and a little pain and loss of hearing. Could the infection still be there?

Finished 5D zpack for ear infection  Feel ringing in ear, fluid and a little pain and  loss of hearing. Could the infection still be there?

Possible: As it can still be a viral infection, very difficult to tell from the outset, also you may have chronic serous otitis media, meaning persistent fluid in your middle ear mainly due to Eustachian tube dysfunction, more common in kids though, also chronic inflammation of nasal cavity/ throat for whatever reason like allergies can cause this. Kindly revisit your doctor or ENT specialist, good luck ...Read more

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Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections.do the following: 1.Avoid anything cold. 2.no soda. 3.I use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack.its safe and natural.u won't get it in Mexico :( 4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can. 5.I use a humidifier at night 6.I drink lots of water. Good L ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause ear and throat pain?

Can a sinus infection cause ear and throat pain?

Yes: The areas are connected by proximity and shared neurologic channels. ...Read more

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Could predisone help with inner ear infection? Been having vertigo, ear achne, fatigue, hot and cold.

Could predisone help with inner ear infection? Been having vertigo, ear achne, fatigue, hot and cold.

Not infection itself: Prednisone helps many many situation, but unfortunately it does not help the infection, but actually may make it worse. However, severe infection can cause much imflammation and Prednisone is a very powerful anti-inflammatory medication, which can be quite helpful in case of swelling as in severe strepthroat, mono etc..It may help with your vertigo. Follow yr doc's instruction carefully. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection?  And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection.It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection with swollen ear canal and sore jaw with signs of blood?

I have an ear infection with swollen ear canal and sore jaw with signs of blood?

Get treated: You appear to have an infection that is causing you some discomfort to say the least. See a dr, possibly an urgicare center is open at this time, and you can get the proper treatment you need. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can ringing in your ear or middle ear infection cause your throat and jaw line to hurt without having any painor discomfort in your ears?

Can ringing in your ear or middle ear infection cause your throat and jaw line to hurt without having any painor discomfort in your ears?

Sometimes: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can be one of many symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. Other symptoms can include jaw pain, jaw joint popping when opening, headaches in the temple or back of the neck area, tenderness around the TMJ and ear area. A highly trained dentist in this area can help determine if all are related. If not, a ENT physician would be the one to see. ...Read more

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Help please! is dizziness and ear ringing normal with inner ear infection?

Help please! is dizziness and ear ringing normal with inner ear infection?

Perhaps: An inner ear infection is extraordinarily rare and is either from meningitis or acute otitis media that has spread, to the inner ear causing deafness and profound vertigo. If you really did have an inner ear infection i would expect you to, have these and other symptoms such as deafness. Mild dizziness and tinnitus are common in otitis media and usually resolve as the fluid behind the drum resolves. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause ears hissing/ringing? Ear dull aches and ear itching? Laying down moving jaw forward changes sound. MRI of ear and brain were good.

Can TMJ cause ears hissing/ringing? Ear dull aches and ear itching? Laying down moving jaw forward changes sound. MRI of ear and brain were good.

Yes Take home test!: It sounds like you have a TMJ problem. The reason the sound changes when you move you jaw forward is you are moving the condyle down and forward freeing the joint to function normally. When you do this usually the sound goes away. (clicking and popping) A good test is to open an close and listen for clicking and popping.Then bite on a cotton tip applicator (Qtip) open and close-no more noise. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection be the cause of locking jaw, congestion, and a toothache?

Could an ear infection be the cause of locking jaw, congestion, and a toothache?

Tmd or tmj dysfuncti: Tmj dysfunction can often manifest in similar ways . The symptoms can include an itchy feeling in the ear to painful symptoms in the ear due to clenching and or grinding. The large muscle in front of the ear that is responsible for chewing and clenching can become tender due to overuse. If you touch the muscle body it can be painful and may radiate into the jaw or temples. Locking can occur. ...Read more

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Pain in ears pins and needles in head and head aches could it be an ear infection or worse?

Pain in ears pins and needles in head and head aches could it be an ear infection  or worse?

Non-specific: An ear infection can be confined to the skin of the ear canal (external otitis) or fluid or pus in the middle ear space (otitis media). The latter is almost always associated with a hearing loss. Pins and needles in the head and headache are too non-specific to evaluate except to reassure you that it is unlikely to be due to an ear infection. ...Read more

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So my ears keep shooting pain and i'm staying dizzy, could this be an ear infection?

So my ears keep shooting pain and i'm staying dizzy, could this be an ear infection?

EAR PAIN: Ear pain is a common symptom in otitis media(ear infection).However other conditons could also be present.Seek help from a physician, even if pain resolves. ...Read more

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Ear infection associated with mono? Blood in my ear wax, serious pain and dulled hearing

Ear infection associated with mono? Blood in my ear wax, serious pain and dulled hearing

Ear infections : The ear infection can definitely go on simultaneously with mono. If your eardrum ruptures you will see blood and pus. IIf your hearing is down you will need to seek treatment ( hearing test and antibiotic ear drops) ...Read more

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What can cause tinnitis, pain and crackling in both ears other than tmj, etd and inner ear infection?

What can cause tinnitis, pain and crackling in both ears other than tmj, etd and inner ear infection?

See otologist: Sounds like you've seen an ENT doc. I think you need a more specialized opinion. From an otologist. An otologist is an ENT doc who has done a fellowship in ear disease only. Aside from ear and TMJ, no other viable cause of tinnitus exists. Also Make sure you've ruled out TMJ not by a dentist, but a TMJ expert. ...Read more

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Can an inner ear infection cause dizzyness and sleeplessness?

Can an inner ear infection cause dizzyness and sleeplessness?

Sure: An inner ear infection can also cause inflammation of the semi-circular canals (the parts of the inner ear that sense your position in space). Once these get irritated, you can get dizzy. This can also affect how well you sleep. Rest, move slowly and return to see your physician if things are not improving in the next 2-3 days. Feel better! ...Read more

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