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Can you have an ear infection without fluid in the ear? Ear hurting for a week and I don't have a cold.

Can you have an ear infection without fluid in the ear?  Ear hurting for a week and I don't have a cold.

Yes, you can have an: inflamed eardrum without fluid behind the eardrum, which could signify infection. You also could have ear pain from a swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, which is an infection of the ear canal from water being in the canal and making a good environment for bacteria or fungus to grow. Those are quite painful and are treated with prescription ear drops. Please see your doctor for diagnosis. ...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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Why is your balance off when you have an ear infection? I have one where fluid is coming out of my ear does this make me wobbly/ hard to balance?

Why is your balance off when you have an ear infection? I have one where fluid is coming out of my ear does this make me wobbly/ hard to balance?

Yes: While a middle ear infection will not make you too wobbly, extension of the infection into the inner ear or vestibular (balance) system will make you dizzy . Fluid coming put of your ear has to be either from an infection of the ear canal or a perforated eardrum with a middle ear infection. Accompanying vertigo suggests the latter. See your MD. ...Read more

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I went to the Dr last week and he said there was a ton of fluid behind my right ear. Does this mean it's an ear infection? And if so what should I do

I went to the Dr last week and he said there was a ton of fluid behind my right ear. Does this mean it's an ear infection? And if so what should I do

Not usually: You can have fluid behind the eardrum without infection -- colds, allergies, and other things can cause this. It needs to be rechecked at some point to ensure it's resolving, but unless it does become infected, no treatment is necessary at this time. ...Read more

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Ear infection gone (or is better) I have lost some hearing and have ringing in my year is there fluid left when fluid leaves will i return to normal?

Ear infection gone (or is better) I have lost some hearing and have ringing in my year is there fluid left  when fluid leaves will  i return to normal?

Most likely: Up to half of all people with a properly treated ear infection will have residual fluid in the middle ear space. This fluid often will muffle sounds and cause hearing loss at some frequency. Once the cause of the infection (ie, a cold) has resolved and the swelling of the tube between the throat and the ear improved, your hearing should definitely improve. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have an ear infection without fluid in your ear?

Can you have an ear infection without fluid in your ear?

Only swimmers ear: A true inner ear infection requires fluid accumulated behind the eardrum (usually due to the negative eustachian tube pressure from a cold). A swimmers ear is an outer ear infection due to swimming and involves the outer ear canal. The two entities are entirely different and require different treatments ...Read more

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Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

Not necessarily: 2 conditions can result in "fluid" draining from a baby's ear(s): the first is an infection in the ear canal ("otitis externa"); the second is an infection behind the ear drum ("otitis media") that has come through the ear drum and is draining. Some baby's simply accumulate some small amount of bath water in ear canal. If the fluid is not clear, or if the fluid smells bad, get to your doctor. ...Read more

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How long before your drops help our ear infection and allows Fluid out?

How long before your drops help our ear infection and allows Fluid out?

Confusing question: Drops may help with an outer "swimmers ear" but there is no significant fluid that will "come out". Overhydration can dry out, but you will not see it drain. Middle ear infections are marked by retained fluid.These will not respond to drops unless these drops are used to open a plug in a PE tube. ...Read more

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Will sweet oil help an ear infection or just add more fluid adding to the problem?

Will sweet oil help an ear infection or just add more fluid adding to the problem?

Wait a Minute: There is research that demonstrates effectiveness of warm oil in the ear , if there are no tubes or perforations, as a pain reliever for middle ear infections. These are not cures.So see your doctor.The oil may deaden the nerve endings of the eardrum. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

Depends: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. ...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. 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