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Ear Infection Fluid Coming Out Of Ear
What's the signs of an ear infection and how can you tell if you just have fluid or it is an ear infection.
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
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
Most likely: The fluid can represent a middle ear infection which either caused a perforation of the ear drum to release pressure or oozing of fluid through the ear drum. This is particularly suspect if the baby recently has had an upper respiratory infection. Less likely, the fluid can be due to an external otitis (swimmer's ear) where water collects in the ear canal resulting in inflammation and pain. ...Read more
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
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
Been 2 wks since I had a ear infection just finished 5 days of amoxocillian still have a little fluid & pressure in ear will it go away on its own?
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
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
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
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
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
My son has had an ear infection for a week now, today a ton of fluid has been pouring out. Is it healing?
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
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
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
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No: Lower molars may refer pain or other symptoms to the ear so see your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more
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.?
Child says ear keeps poping and looks like she has a little fluid coming from ear. More likely allergies or ear infection? Does she need go to dr?
Yes: If your complains of ear popping and fluid coming from ear, better be checked out by her doctor, good luck ...Read more
Is the pain from an ear infection from your eardrum bursting? Why is ur balance so bad when you get one? What is the fluid that comes out of ur ear?
Ear infection: The eardrum itself is very innervated. In other words the ear drum is very sensitive. When the ear drum bursts it is usually from a suppurative otitis media. White blood cells (pus) are brought into the area to fight the infection (bacteria, or virus). The ear drum bulges and then will break- perforate. The bulging and perforation are painful but once it perforated the pain usually improves. ...Read more
My granddaughter has an ear infection with fluid in her ear and was giving flonase bu how is flonase going to self and ear infection with fluid?
I have a ear infection and was wondering how long should I be discharging fluid/ blood its been 2 days now? And have seen the doc about it.
I have an ear infection and am on antibiotic and have been for 4 days. My ear seems to be worse, and now seeping pinkish fluid. Is this normal?
Not easy to answer: Often people say they have an ear infection, but it could be middle ear infection or an outer ear infection (one is treated with antibiotic pills the other with antibiotic drops) if one has significant drainage and still hears perfectly well, it most likely is outer and needs drops. But if your hearing has been muffled --more likely middle ear infection. Either way - get in to see an ent. ...Read more
Could walking in cold air cause an ear infection? I have pain in the r ear & going into neck. Last dr visit she said I had fluid in r ear a week ago.
No: Middle ear infections are caused by germs that enter through the drainage tube connecting that space to the throat. Not cold air. If there is already some fluid, it could become infected in a few hours or never. ...Read more
Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?
Takes time: The fluid is trapped in the middle ear space and must exit through the Eustachian tube. This can take up to 3 weeks or so in a routine middle ear infection. Nothing you take or do is likely to speed this up. Antihistamines may actually slow the process. ...Read more
Dr didn't say anything about ear infection, just that I have a ton of fluid in right ear. Also have vertigo and some nausea. Does fluid = infection?
Fluid=fluid: Fluid can be a preceding factor in the development of a bacterial middle ear infection but you can have it there for weeks or longer & never have one. Unless it clouds up like pus it is just fluid. Vertigo and nausea are not a feature of middle ear infections. They reflect something going on in the position sensors of the inner ear (nerve). ...Read more
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
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