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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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Can an ear infection during pregnancy (15 weeks) affect the baby in any way?

Can an ear infection during pregnancy (15 weeks) affect the baby in any way?

Not likely: As long as the infection was just in the ear and did not get into your blood/system, and you take appropriate medication to clear the infection, the baby will be fine. Make sure the treating physician is aware you are pregnant, as certain antibiotics should not be used during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Fever due to an ear infection , can it be dangerous during pregnancy?

Fever due to an ear infection , can it be dangerous during pregnancy?

Unlikely to be a pbm: The common low grade temperatures for an ear infection are unlikely to cause any issue with pregnancy.We have more concerns with fevers that are part of a generalized flu or viral infection especially during the first 12 wks(when the virus could get to baby), or were someone to cook themselves in a hot tub daily during that period. ...Read more

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When in your first trimester of pregnancy, is there anything that can be prescribed by dr for a sever ear infection?

When in your first trimester of pregnancy, is there anything that can be prescribed  by dr for a sever ear infection?

Yes: Please see your doctor for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Cephalosporins, beta-lactams are some safe classes of antibiotics that can be used in pregnant women. These classes of medications activity against some of the common bacteria that cause ear infections. Good luck and take care. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of constistant vertigo for the past 2 months without head injury, pregnancy, or ear infection?

What can be the cause of constistant vertigo for the past 2 months without head injury, pregnancy, or ear infection?

Several issues.: Tumor, vestibular neuronitis, stroke, benign positional paroxysmal vertigo, meniere's disease. Should have this looked at. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hallucinating normal during an ear infection? When should I be worried?

Help docs, is hallucinating normal during an ear infection? When should I be worried?

Ear: No.Its not normal. Although it may be due to antibiotics, you should go to the ER to make sure its not something more serious. ...Read more

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I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

Outer vs Middle: Outer ear infections (swimmers ear, external otitist) are not affected by changes in air pressure. Middle ear problems (otitis media - fluid behind eardrum) IS affected by air pressure changes. If outer ear and having pain, risky to take trip. If inner ear - risky to take trip. You can to things like decongestants, antibiotics. Still risky. Good luck!!!! ...Read more

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Can you have rectal operation whilst on antibiotic for ear infection?

Antibiotics: Often, prior to a rectal operation, you will have to do a bowel prep, which includes antibiotics, but these are usually not the same antibiotics that you would necessarily use for an ear infection. Best to check with the surgeon who is doing the surgery to see if there might be any other issues or if the ear infection is better. ...Read more

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I'm taking Sofradex eardrop (1 drop daily) for ear infection. Are there any risk if I got pregnant during the treatment? Thanks!

I'm taking Sofradex eardrop (1 drop daily) for ear infection. Are there any risk if I got pregnant during the treatment? Thanks!

Yes: The safety of this medication during pregnancy has not been established. It is possible the medication can be absorbed into the bloodstream, cross placenta and effect the baby. The maker of this medication does not recommend its use in pregnant or breastfeeding moms unless "the potential benefits to the mother outweigh any potential risks to the fetus. ...Read more

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During an ear infection is it a good thing when it drains?

During an ear infection is it a good thing when it drains?

Yes and NO: Generally means your ear drum has ruptured. Usually means that infection will resolve, but also means you have damaged your ear drum. Good news is that the ruptured ear drum usually heals on its own. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear like a weird sound in ear whilst having an ear infection?

Is it normal to hear like a weird sound in ear whilst having an ear infection?

Probably normal: I would have to know more about the sound., but I am guessing that it is crackling or popping which is usually air getting in to your ears as the fluid from the infection goes away. Sometimes the fluid moving can make a sound. If it is ringing, this could be a sign that the ear infection has spread to the inner ear and should be evaluated by with a hearing test and by an ENT (otolaryngologist). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a toddler to develop an ear infection without having had a cold first? He is up screaming at night but acts normal during the day.

Is it possible for a toddler to develop an ear infection without having had a cold first? He is up screaming at night but acts normal during the day.

Be seen, eventually: Children can develop ear infections. However, you do not mention any fever or other symptoms. I would suggest he get tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for a day or two, and if not improving, have him see his physician. ...Read more

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At what age can my infants ears go under water during a bath without a high risk of getting an ear infection? The father had ear infections as a baby.

At what age can my infants ears go under water during a bath without a high risk of getting an ear infection? The father had ear infections as a baby.

No Restriction: Babies can get ear infections with nasal congestion, a cold, allergies or when around smoking. Water entering the ears from the outside does not cause ear infections unless there is a hole in the ear drum. Healthy babies can safely get water in their ears with no problems. In fact, this may help soften wax in a baby ears, as we do not recommend the use of q-tips. So no worries! Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why do ears block up in pregnancy ? No infection , no wax thanks

Why do ears block up in pregnancy ? No infection , no wax thanks

Plasma volume during: Pregnancy increases. This can mean a sensation of swelling in many different areas of the body including the ear canal. Usually stabilizes at 26 weeks. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an ear infection?

How do I know if I have an ear infection?

Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more

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Can i exercise if I have an ear infection?

Can i exercise if I have an ear infection?

Generally yes: In most cases it should be fine... But: if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming. If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting. If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more

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Can i use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Can i  use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Clindamycin: Yes the drug may be used for otitis. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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