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How can the Dr tell the difference between just fluid build up in an ear after a cold and an actual ear infection?

How can the Dr tell the difference between just fluid build up in an ear after a cold and an actual ear infection?

Looking: A physician or other care provider can determine the difference between fluid build-up(serous otitis) and an actual infection by examination of the ears with an otoscope--serous fluid id clear/orange and may have air bubbles, an infection will be yellow/white, the eardrum will be opaque, dark red or distorted. Fever and pain are not adequate to differentiate the two. ...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

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My son has had an ear infection for a week now, today a ton of fluid has been pouring out. Is it healing?

My son has had an ear infection for a week now, today a ton of fluid has been pouring out. Is it healing?

Ear drum perforation: He may have a perforated ear drum- why fluid is coming out of ear canal. This often happens as a part of ear infection. Have him checked out by his physician. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

4-6 wks: After a true middle ear infection with infected mucous debris, it can take 4-6 weeks for the fluid itself to clear in the absence of repeat infection. Some kids < 1yo can have fluid for up to 3 months with no sign of infection that will also resolve eventually. ...Read more

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My 6 mon old baby has had a ear infection and fluid dr put him on antib-it's been 3 days and bub seems to be getting worse not any better concerned !

My 6 mon old baby has had a ear infection and fluid dr put him on antib-it's been 3 days and bub seems to be getting worse not any better concerned !

Worse how ?: If the kid had an existing fever that has not come down after 3 days of abx, it would be time to consider changing them. Many kids are uncomfortable due to the pressure of fluid behind the ears and that takes time to improve.If the kid's feeds have dropped off and no improvement is noted, a revisit is worthwhile. ...Read more

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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

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Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more

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Had buzz right ear after ear buds used, had very hard wax removed, then ear infection, then fluid in ear. Still buzzing. Wha t else could it be. ?

Had buzz right ear after ear buds used, had very hard wax removed, then ear infection, then fluid in ear. Still buzzing. Wha t else could it be. ?

Tinnitus, need exam: If the other ear problems are resolved, you may have tinnitus. You need ENT MD re-exam of ears to make sure prior problems are solved. If they are, then you need an audio gram (hearing test), and ENT MD review of results for possible unilateral tinnitus. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's normal to have fluid leaking from your ear with an ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections sometimes will weep fluid from the infection across the ear drum and sometimes the fluid is caused by the ear drum rupturing. With proper medication this can be easily resolved. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

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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 ...Read more