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I have been having bronchi for at least month. Ear infection, then cold appeared. On Medrol (methylprednisolone) and decongestants, proair inhaler, but can't cough up phlegm?

I have been having bronchi for at least month. Ear infection, then cold appeared. On Medrol (methylprednisolone) and decongestants, proair inhaler, but can't cough up phlegm?

Chronic cough: A chronic cough needs to be seen by your internist or pulmonary docotr and/or ent, a cxr, asthma testing, blood test, test for whooping cough and fungal infection and make sure you don't have reflux or allergies, one shoulg not be using proair continuosly for one month. ...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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I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work.?

I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work.?

Phlegm: It sounds like you still have sinus inflammation with mucous draining down into your throat. Try a nasal steroid like Flonase for maintenance therapy or an antihistamine like Claritin. If symptoms persist, oral antibiotics or low dose oral prednisone may help. An ENT consult may be needed. ...Read more

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3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 month caution: 3 months is an age where infections and dehydration may be serious, so a visit to the MD may be in order. On the upside, a few mucous stools while still feeding well is typically nothing to worry about. Kids who eat well are very rarely if ever seriously ill. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with an ear infection, why does this cause dizziness?

I was just diagnosed with an ear infection, why does this cause dizziness?

Dizziness: Inner ear infections can cause vertigo (these are usually viral and resolve over a couple of days). Middle ear infections (fluid behind the ear drum) can also cause this - these are usually bacterial. If you are diagnosed with a middle ear infection and have dizziness I would suggest you let your md know or by eval by an ENT (urgently if you have hearing loss! as well). ...Read more

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I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

Water.: Getting the ear wet, the pool, the beach, or exposure to people that have ear infections can cause the back to back infections. Failure to adequately respond to the treatment the first time may have triggered, 2nd, 3rd. See your PCP you might be referred to an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can I take penicillin for an ear infection caused by earrings?

Why?: The best way to have the ear heal where the earring was placed is to remove the earring, clean the area and place some otc antibiotic cream like neosprin. Keep the area clean and it will heal. If you are referring to an internal ear infection see your ent. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?

What to do if I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?

Yes: Inner ear infections often cause associated symptoms of dizziness, ear ringing, headaches, vertigo, nausea. True inner ear infections are a serious matter and not to be fiddled around with. You need to see an ENT (ear -nose-throat) doctor or infectious disease doctor if your primary care doctor is not comfortable treating this. ...Read more

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I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?

I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?

Mgt: I would suggest completing a course of antibiotics. If you have a fever, please see your PCP.
Sometimes more than one course of antibiotics is needed.
For your neck pain, it may be referred pain, but if it worsens please consult your physician. ...Read more

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I had sex on feb 22 and now im feeling sick and have an ear infection. What causes that?

I had sex on feb 22 and now im feeling sick and have an ear infection. What causes that?

No relation: Don't know what you mean by "feeling sick" and this should be clarified and the question rephrased. Your having engaged in sexual activities should not be related in any manner to ear infection unless you were doing something very strange. ...Read more

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I find that my returning ear infection causes a numb feeling of that side of my face. Why?

Trigeminal nerve: The outer surface of the drum is innervated by the trigeminal nerve, the major nerve supply to the entire face so it's possible for an infection affecting the drum could have facial symptoms. I assume by numbness you mean sensation loss and not weakness. If the face weak with infection may have absent bone around facial nerve that runs behind drum. If so then ENT asap. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a bad ear infection. Can it cause you to feel sick and under the weather?

What do you recommend if I have a bad ear infection. Can it cause you to feel sick and under the weather?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a bad ear infection, It's right on the edge of my ear and feels swollen. I think I scratched it and that's what caused it. Help?!

Hi, I have a bad ear infection, It's right on the edge of my ear and feels swollen. I think I scratched it and that's what caused it. Help?!

Ear infection: One of the more common reasons for external ear infections is some type of trauma to the ear - like a cotton tip applicator or even injury from getting a hair cut or piercings. Redness, tenderness, swelling, drainage from the site or ear should be treated to prevent an infection of the ear cartilage called Chondritis or Perichondritis. ...Read more

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What could cause a severe ear infection?

What could cause a severe ear infection?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes?

Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes?

Some possibilities: An ear infection on the inside of the eardrum is a "middle ear" infection, and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. An ear infection on the outside of the eardrum is an "outer ear" infection or "swimmer's ear", which is caused by moisture in the outer ear canal that allows skin germs to grow and multiply in the skin. ...Read more

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

It definitely can: A variety of conditions can cause an earache and toothache, and the two symptoms are often related. In the case of a toothache, you can have referred pain to the ear and vice versa. See your dentist first to rule out tooth pain. ...Read more

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Ear infection cause hives?

Ear infection cause hives?

Uncommon: There are reports of hives occurring during infections with strep throat and viruses especially in children. An ear infection from a virus could potentially trigger hives, but more likely explanations would be the antibiotics used to treat infections, or other medications like Aspirin or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Do colds cause ear infections?

Do colds cause ear infections?

They can: Colds or (upper respiratory infections - uris) are the leading predisposing cause of ear infections. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause a rash?

Can an ear infection cause a rash?

Yes: If the ear infection drains from the ear canal, it can spread to the ear and the skin around the ear. ...Read more

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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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What bacteria causes an ear infection?

What bacteria causes an ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections can be caused by any number of bacteria. However, the three most common causes of inner ear infections (otitis media) are: Streptococcus Pneumoniae; hemophilus influenzae (non-typeable); and moraxella catarrhalis. Infections of the outer ear and ear canal (otitis externa) can be from other bacteria. See your doctor if you believe you have an ear infection. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause bad hearing?

Can an ear infection cause bad hearing?

See below: You will have a conductive hearing loss because of the fluid behind the ear drum. Once the infection has resolved, your hearing will return. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Certainly can: An ear infection certainly can cause dizziness, though it is not the only possible cause. Dizziness, or vertigo, can occur from various conditions, so details about when it happens (at rest, right after getting up from sitting, with activity, etc.) can help make the diagnosis. I would definitely see a physician if you are having a vertigo or think you have an ear infection. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Can a ear infection also cause a bad cough?

Can a ear infection also cause a bad cough?

Ear infection: It usually works the other way around. The cough comes first and then the ear ache. This is because mucus can be produced by the cough and can get into the ears. ...Read more

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What exactly causes ear infections to form?

What exactly causes ear infections to form?

Eustachian Tube: Ear infections often form as a result of fluid from a cold being backed up in to the middle ear and becoming infected from germs it carries with it form the oral cavity (mouth). Other times it can be seeded from bacteria in the blood settling there... ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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