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I'm also experiencing a taste of bad breath along with cough. Could ear infection be causing these symptoms?

I'm also experiencing a taste of bad breath along with cough. Could ear infection be causing these symptoms?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. Try to quit the tobacco use, good opportunity. If concerned, see your PCP after 6 days or so. ...Read 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


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Male-38. Just had sinus infection and ear infection several weeks ago. Now I am having what appears to be shortness of breath and chest feels differe?

Male-38. Just had sinus infection and ear infection several weeks ago. Now I am having what appears to be shortness of breath and chest feels differe?

Sinus and sob: Hello, it is common to have an allergic link to sinus and lung inflammatory disorders. It sounds like a visit to see your doctor is in order here. ...Read more

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My sisters 2 year old has had a ear infection on Clarithromycin for 4 days. He is couging and gurgling with each breath and is breathing 21 per min?

My sisters 2 year old has had a ear infection on Clarithromycin for 4 days. He is couging and gurgling with each breath and is breathing 21 per min?

See MD: If there are signs of respiratory distress. A respiratory rate of 21 is ok for a 2 y.o., but if he is "gurgling" or having difficulty breathing he should be evaluated by a Dr. If he is lethargic, not feeding, poor color, nostrils flaring, and/or you can see his ribs retracting with each breath, then he needs prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 1st approach to treat enlarge adenoid in kids is surgery? 3yrs old never had ear infection, snoring, or breath thru mouth. Has gred since birth.

Is 1st approach to treat enlarge adenoid in kids is surgery? 3yrs old never had ear infection, snoring, or breath thru mouth. Has gred since birth.

No--try decongestant: If there are no symptoms at all---no ear infections, no snoring the first approach to enlarged adenoids is not surgery.Adenoids can shrink with age if not infected. ...Read more

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My son has a bad ear infection and it has started draining heavily. Should I be concerned?

My son has a bad ear infection and it has started draining heavily. Should I be concerned?

Yes: See your pediatrician immediately. Heavy drainage suggests a ruptured ear drum. He needs antibiotic treatment and evaluation by an expert. ...Read more

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Why does my ear infection hurt more at night before going to bad, and in the morning when I get up?

Why does my ear infection hurt more at night before going to bad, and in the morning when I get up?

Congestion: Is what makes it hurt more towards the extremes of the day, keep taking your medicines, ask your doctor for a decongestant or nose sprays to help ease the congestion and open up the Eustachian tubes that drain the middle ears into the throat, meanwhile you can use saline nasal washes and salt water gargles, best wishes ...Read more

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I had a molar removed 6 days ago I'm worried I might have an infection. Is it normal for the extraction site to be yellow, I'm also having bad breath.

Call the dentist!: Call the dentist who did the extraction right now and tell them what you are experiencing. They should be able to best advise you, and to give you antibiotics if indicated. ...Read more

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I have a really bad ear infection what can I do or take?

I have a really bad ear infection what can I do or take?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor so he or she can take a look in your ear and make sure nothing else is going on. You may need antibiotics or further testing. Until you can see your doctor, you can try taking ibuprofen, naproxen, or Acetaminophen for pain relief (unless you have been told not to take these medications by your doctor in the past). ...Read more

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I've had a really bad ear infection for the passed 3 days. What are remedies that can soothe an ear infection?

I've had a really bad ear infection for the passed 3 days. What are remedies that can soothe an ear infection?

RX numbing ear drops: There are multiple types of ear infections. Each has its own treatment. Also, what some patients think are ear infections prove to be earwax impactions or non-infectious fluid behind the eardrum. So, it would be extremely difficult for you to self treat an ear infection without professional help. Until then try a gentle blow dryer or get your md to call in rx numbing drops as you await your appt. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic sinus infection? I have a severe bad breath and would like to get rid of it.

What is the best treatment for chronic sinus infection? I have a severe bad breath and would like to get rid of it.

Consultation: I would immediately schedule an appointment with an ENT to determine the cause of your sinus problems. Which might be much more than your bad breath ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a severe ear infection on sat now I am coughing have feel really weak and shaking so bad what should I do? Antibio not working

I was diagnosed with a severe ear infection on sat now I am coughing have feel really weak and shaking so bad what should I do? Antibio not working

Probably wrong anti: Biotic. Antibiotics are prescribed empirically (what is the most likely organism and what is most likely to kill it). Sometimes we guess wrong, as seems to be in your case, and we have to change the med. See your doc tomorrow. ...Read more

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I have an acute sinus infection one week after kissing woman with bad breath. Did she transmit bacteria to my oropharynx? Should I stop seeing her?

I have an acute sinus infection one week after kissing woman with bad breath. Did she transmit bacteria to my oropharynx? Should I stop seeing her?

Sinus Infection: It is possible you caught an infection from your lady friend, but it is also possible you caught it somewhere else. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, some of which are not transmittable. Seeing her for future endeavors is your choice... if your attraction is mutual and you like her company, why not? She did not purposely try to make you sick, right? All the best... ...Read more

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Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldn't hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. Normal?

Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldn't hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. Normal?

Blocked ears: Yes can happen, your external ears can become blocked with wax/debris after infection, when you pull your ears out it pops and you can hear when the blockage becomes partially open, your doctor can perform ear wash or prescribe some ear drops to dissolve the impacted wax ...Read more

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If by doing the valsavar maneuver, while I have blocked ears from cold & midle ear infection, good or bad for me? Will it cause more problems or helps?

If by doing the valsavar maneuver, while I have blocked ears from cold & midle ear infection, good or bad for me? Will it cause more problems or helps?

Valsalva: Equalizing pressure with the Valsalva is fine, as long as you do it gently and don't force it. If you cannot achieve a pressure release, then stop because strong force could cause problems for your ear, if there was a sudden release-ruptured eardrum or discontinuity of the little ear bones called ossicles. Using decongestants and nasal steroid sprays can help aid eustachian tube problems. ...Read more

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I have ear infection, really bad pain, help, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection, really bad pain, help, what to do for treatment?

Homeopathy: Belladonna can help. Garlic and willow (or garlic/goldenseal or garlic/mullein) in the ear can help. Warm compresses can also help. Ibuprofen may also help. And be seen... ...Read more

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I have a bad ear infection and I'm using ciprodex. Now my teeth are hurting. Can it be because of the ear infection.

I have a bad ear infection and I'm using ciprodex. Now my teeth are hurting. Can it be because of the ear infection.

See your dentist!: If you have a sinus infection, the rearmost upper teeth may hurt. I would see your dentist to be sure that you don't have a temporo-mandibular joint disorder (tmd). Clenching and bruxing can make the teeth sore and affect the jaw joint. I have seen patients complain of a feeling of "water in their ear". A bite appliance resolved the issue. ...Read more

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I have had a bad ear infection for a month and I'm sure I'm about 80'90% okay right now. I'm just afraid tht it might reoccur again.

I have had a bad ear infection for a month and I'm sure I'm about 80'90% okay right now. I'm just afraid tht it might reoccur again.

Ear pain: If your ear pain was from an outer ear infection, it will reoccur because of soap getting into the ear and causing dryness and itching - which many persons scratch in their sleep.
Avoid soap/shampoo in the ear. Try two drops of Baby Oil in the ear before shower/shampoo to prevent the soap drying on the skin. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesfor a bad ear infection?

What are good home remediesfor a bad ear infection?

Depends: There are several types of ear infections. Inner, middle, and external or outer. You need to be specific when asking a question. The typical swimmer's ear is an outer infection. You can treat that with a 50:50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and clear vinegar (acetic acid) applied with an ear syringe 2-3 times a day. If that doesn't work in 7 days, see ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can a bad ear infection give you headaches?

Can a bad ear infection give you headaches?

Ear infection, HA: Ear infections can refer pain to the side of the head. TMJ can also give headaches. External ear infections can cause pain in the side of the head and hurt when you pull on the ear. Infected ears can drain and the hearing cN be muffled as well. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infection cause bad breath?

Can vaginal yeast infection cause bad breath?

Um, no: There is no communication between your genitals and your oral cavity. Bad breath can be caused by so many different factors, including cavities, periodontal disease, diet, sinus infections, and acid reflux (to name but a few), but not a vaginal yeast infection. ...Read more

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Is losing your hearing when having an ear infection bad?

Is losing your hearing when having an ear infection bad?

Common problem: It is normal to experience a transient (weeks) decline in hearing when you have a middle ear infection. This can be as much as 40db and noticable. It should gradually return to baseline function after the infection clears. ...Read more

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How much could my son's hearing affected by his very bad double ear infection?

How much could my son's hearing affected by his very bad double ear infection?

Transient: Most middle ear infections will reduce hearing due to fluid trapped in the middle ear space. That reduction is about 40% and disappears when the infection & fluid have cleared. Antibiotics will usually kill the germs within 7-10 days but the fluid may persist for a few weeks. Many docs will suggest an ear recheck a few weeks after completing treatment. ...Read more

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Does constipation cause bad breath? Or is it cause of stomach infections or disease?

Does constipation cause bad breath? Or is it cause of stomach infections or disease?

No, No, and NO!: Please don't be fooled by colon cleanser claims! constipation is defined by doctors as bowel infrequency--less than one stool every 3-4 days. In most cases of non-obstructed constipation, neither bad breath, stomach infections, nor disease in general will result. Be concerned in rare cases of bowel blockage of any cause, marked dysmotility (colonic inertia, pelvic floor dysfunction), etc. ...Read more

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Had ear infection still I have fullness in my ear and very bad sinus?

Had ear infection still I have fullness in my ear and very bad sinus?

Resistant infection: While fluid can persist for up to 8 weeks after an ear infection and cause that feeling of fullness, the fact you say you have "very bad sinus" makes me concerned that you have a resistant bacteria that did not respond to the antibiotics you were previously on. Return to treating doctor and explain you are not feeling much better so appropriate evaluation can be done. ...Read more

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I always have bad taste in my mouth and bad breath. Is this infection, or dry socket?

I always have bad taste in my mouth and bad breath. Is this infection, or dry socket?

Recent tooth out?: If you had a recent tooth extracted it could be a dry socket. Otherwise this suggests gum disease. See your dentist or a periodontist. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. Greg Rubin
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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with ...Read more