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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

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more