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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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I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

Ear infection: Inner ear infections can affect balance. This is a complex system and usually will recover slower than the actual infection, sometimes as long as 3-4 weeks. If symptoms persist longer than this timeframe, reevaluation is indicated by your treating physician. Brain tumors of the inner ear can cause dizziness as a presenting symptom, but most of these tumors present with hearing loss. ...Read more

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I have head problems since 2 yrs.Is it a tumor.Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

I have head problems since 2 yrs.Is it a tumor.Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

Probably not but...: Sorry about your mom. Rare types of brain tumors (about 5%) may have genetic increased risk but in 95% of brain tumors there is no increased risk to children. It is impossible for anyone here to know if you have a brain tumor but most "head problems" have other causes. Please see a good doctor who can learn more, examine you and do necessary tests to find the cause of your problems. ...Read more

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Ears ringing & muffled sometimes. Doctor said I didnt have infection but a buildup of earwax. I heard brain tumors can cause tinnitus. Should I worry?

Ears ringing & muffled sometimes. Doctor said I didnt have infection but a buildup of earwax. I heard brain tumors can cause tinnitus. Should I worry?

No: It would be useful to see an ENT specialist for your peace of mind and to have your ears cleaned out. Brain tumors as cause of hearing problems are uncommon. ...Read more

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I have possible menieres disease, because of constant ear infections. But there is a chance for a tumor. What are the symptoms for inner ear tumor?

I have possible menieres disease, because of constant ear infections. But there is a chance for a tumor. What are the symptoms for inner ear tumor?

Unclear : 3 distinct issues. Ear infections, menieres syndrome and inner ear tumor. None of these issues has anything to do with the other. Menieres is fluctuating hearing loss with tinnitus and vertigo (comes and goes). Ear infections are pus in the middle ear leading to severe pain and hearing loss. An inner ear tumor (acoustic neuroma) presents with progressive difficulty hearing. Please see an ENT doc. ...Read more

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I have earache and temple pressure for 3 consecutive days on left side 24 yr old. Dr said no ear infection could it be brain related? Tumor?

I have earache and temple pressure for 3 consecutive days on left side 24 yr old. Dr said no ear infection could it be brain related? Tumor?

Need an eval: New unilateral headache and ear pressure could be a primary headache disorder, but secondary causes should also be excluded. Tumors are more likely to present with seizures or focal neurological symptoms (such as weakness on one side of the body) than with headache. I'm available for consults if you'd like to discuss further. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause a wart or tumor?

Can an ear infection cause a wart or tumor?

Not likely: Ear infections do not predispose one to warts or tumors, although an untreated ear infection could cause an abscess which is tumor-like in its behavior. ...Read more

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I'm 21 been having ear pain n dizziness for about 4 months. there no water or infections in my ear. is this a brain tumor ?

I'm 21 been having ear pain n dizziness  for about 4 months. there no water or infections in my ear. is this a brain tumor ?

Unlikely: It not feasible to say what may be causing your symptoms, without examining you, however, it is very unlikely that you have a brain tumor. You should see your doctor at your convenience. ...Read more

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Headache in front/back left side of head, ear.Tiny jabs of pain (1-2). Light headed when standing. Scared I have a brain tumor. No fam history. Help!

Unlikely: Brain tumors are uncommon in people your age, and a light-headed feeling isn't typically a symptom of one. If you have serious headaches you should see your doctor, and ask for a referral to a neurologist both to evaluate your problem and to treat the headaches. ...Read more

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Afraid I have a brain tumor I mix up letters, I have short, frequent tinnituses in one ear and involuntarily move my hands + strange feeling in head?

Afraid I have a brain tumor I mix up letters, I have short, frequent tinnituses in one ear and involuntarily move my hands + strange feeling in head?

Seek care ASAP: Even though Brain tumor is your concern, there is a significant number of diseases that could present themselves in this manner. I would suggest you see you physician as soon as possible. Take care. ...Read more

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I have ringing in my ears l>r for years. Brain tumor?

I have ringing in my ears l>r for years. Brain tumor?

Tinitus: Is the medical term. There is a very long list of causes. You really should see an otolaryngologist for formal evaluation. It is not very likely to be related to a brain tumor. ...Read more

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What would cause seizures in your sleep and could it be a brain tumor because I do have a knot behind my right ear hard as a rock the size of a marble?

What would cause seizures in your sleep and could it be a brain tumor because I do have a knot behind my right ear hard as a rock the size of a marble?

Scan needed: Sleep is a frequent time for seizures. Unlikely that the mass outside ur skull is also inside against ur brain---u need a neuro eval and a scan. ...Read more

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Tinitus that won't go away got my ears checked. Could I have brain tumor ? No headaches

Tinitus  that won't go away got my ears checked. Could I have brain tumor ? No headaches

Tinnitis: Tinnitis can be a tough disease to treat. Could be several causes. Such as trauma to the ears like if you play loud music. You need to see you me doctor forces full evaluation for there are many causes and they must be ruled out ...Read more

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I feel pressure on left side of my head near my ear and right above sideburn. I am not having any symptoms of brain tumor. What is it?

I feel pressure on left side of my head near my ear and right above sideburn. I am not having any symptoms of brain tumor. What is it?

TMJ?: A diagnosis cannot be made without an exam. However, this sounds like this may be related to you temporal mandibular joint (tmj). An ear issue cannot be excluded. This would require an exam by your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?

I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?

Not part of brain: the mastoids are really not part of the "brain ". If there was fluid in the mastoids which normally have air in them. When that happens these sinuses are inflamed. And you could say like an ear infection ...Read more

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I've been experiencing dizziness for several months now, with occasional ear pain. Does this sound like a brain tumor or a sinus problem?

I've been experiencing dizziness for several months now, with occasional ear pain. Does this sound like a brain tumor or a sinus problem?

Not brain or sinus: It sounds like a jaw problem. Spasm and inflammation of your jaw joint can cause all these symptoms. Do you chew gum? Do you grind or clench your teeth? Try a soft diet, antiinflammatory medication, ice to your jaw joint and consult with a dentist. ...Read more

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I suddenly have bad balance, headache when I cough & work out, & constant ringing in both ears/bad hearing. Could this be a brain tumor? I hope not, i

Neurological exam: 24 year old woman with no past medical history presents with headache with cough, imbalance, and constant bilateral tinnitus. With these symptoms, I believe you need to be seen emergently and evaluated by a physician. Headache in the posterior area of the head/neck, cough and neurological symptoms are suggestive of a Chiari malformation, however a full history and exam are necessary . Good luck ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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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