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Can I fly with an otitis media ear infection?

Can I fly with an otitis media ear infection?

I would not: Otitis media, a middle ear infection, can cause significant pain when you go up or down in an aircraft. See your doctor and have it evaluated. ...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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What can I do about a otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss?

What can I do about a otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss?

Hearing loss: Hearing loss due to otitis media usually resolves once the infection is controlled provided you do not have a perforated ear drum. ...Read more

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Could otitis media (ear infection) go without being treated?

Could otitis media (ear infection) go without being treated?

Like before 1940?: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval. If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

No: An ear infection can affect balance and equilibrium, characteristics critical in martial arts. You can hurt yourself or be hurt if not fully recovered. Give it some time. ...Read more

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How does an otolaryngologist treat an ear infection (otitis media)?

How does an otolaryngologist treat an ear infection (otitis media)?

It depends: Otolaryngologists usually evaluate and treat patients who have had resistant or recurrent ear infections. They treatment they recommend will be highly dependant on each individual person's history, but may include antibiotics or surgical intervention. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube. Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent. (tubes). ...Read more

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What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults?

What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults?

Depends: If evaluated by a dr. And a history and physical exam is performed with a visual inspection of you ears, a diagnosis can be forthcoming regarding whether it is viral or bacterial. Bacterial would require antibiotics, whereas a viral infection would require more supportive care of the symptoms (nsaids, ant-pyretics, etc.). ...Read more

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I have otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss, how to unblock my eustachian tubes?

I have otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss, how to unblock my eustachian tubes?

Time: You can try popping your ears, but mostly it is just a matter of time. 50% of people no longer have fluid that is causing the hearing loss at one month after the infection, 90% no longer have fluid at 3 months after the infection. If your hearing is still down at 3 months, you should see an ent. ...Read more

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I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

No, but....: A middle ear infection will not cause cough and chest congestion. However, the same virus that caused the middle ear infection in the first place may also have caused lower respiratory tract infection/symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I have a bacterial and/or fungal ear infection. Itching really bad inside the ear. I was given amoxicillin for otitis media 10 days ago.?

I think I have a bacterial and/or fungal ear infection. Itching really bad inside the ear. I was given amoxicillin for otitis media 10 days ago.?

Examine: Have your ear canal examined. If there is pain and draiage, you will be treated for an infection. If it looks more like an itchy dermatitis steroid drops would work best. I hope it gets better. All the best. ...Read more

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Sinus infection, acute otitis media and plugged ear, what all can I do to get better?

Sinus infection, acute otitis media and plugged ear, what all can I do to get better?

Comgestion: You should see your doctor for treatment with an appropriate antibiotic, if necessary. There are other combinations of rx like nasal decongestant sprays, oral decongestants, nasal steroids, mucolytics like guaifenesin, ; sometimes oral steroids are necessary to alleviate sinus and eustachian tube congestion. You may need to see an ENT md to help. ...Read more

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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

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What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo

What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo

Otitis media: Pop your ears on a regular basis 30 or 40 times a day. This is about all you can do. If your doctor gave you a decongestant then take it. You can try pseudo-fed as well. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?

Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?

Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the canal is more likely otitis externa and it can have a discharge. Bacterial ear infxn needs to be treated with abx which will require a trip to a doctor. Externa can be serious in patients with diabetes or immunosuppression. Drainage for 3 days should be treated seriously. Likely you'll get a rx for abx drops +/- pills and perhaps a wik in the canal if bad. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have otitis media, I cannot hear from ear... Like 90% can't hear is this normal? I have antibotics and nasel spray.

I have otitis media, I cannot hear from ear... Like 90% can't hear is this normal? I have antibotics and nasel spray.

See an ENT: Treatment may have been ineffective and may need surgical intervention. If the hearing is so low in the ear it needs quick treatment or it become permanent loss. ...Read more

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I have otitis media and fluid behind my ears and a feeling of pressure, am on betaclav for 5 days and sinucon. When will the pressure go away?

I have otitis media and fluid behind my ears and a feeling of pressure, am on betaclav for 5 days and sinucon. When will the pressure go away?

Nasal congestion: You are already on amoxacillin clavunate and antihistamine and decongestant
what will help is saline nose spray every 8 hrs and steam inhalation in the form of a vaporiser
if no response your physician may use prednisone to treat your sinuses ...Read more

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What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold I had last week, I went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold I had last week, I went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

You: You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. ...Read more

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How should I clean my ear if I have otitis media?

How should I clean my ear if I have otitis media?

Do not: A middle ear infection is an infection behind the ear drum. Therefore, cleaning the ear canal would do absolutely nothing. Furthermore, you should not be cleaning out your ear canal as you may injure the skin and cause another problem. A middle ear infection (otitis media) may be viral or bacterial. Otitis media, if that is truly the diagnosis, has nothing to do with the ear canal. ...Read more

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Can recurring otitis media be cured by ear tubes?

Can recurring otitis media be cured by ear tubes?

Not cured.: Recurrent otitis media implies chronic issues with the eustachian tube. In these cases, particularly if there is hearing loss +/- chronic middle ear fluid, ventilating tubes (ear tubes) may be recommended. Tubes bypass a dysfunctional eustachian tube and allow better air exchange in and out of the middle ear, which is implicated in recurrent ear infections. ...Read more

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How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

Ear causing tear : (: The ringing in the ear during, after this infection can last awhile...And wax and wane as it slowly improves over time. Sometimes the ringing can last for awhile. I recommend seeing your doctor or an ENT physician. Do not despair. ...Read more

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I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

Tinnitus and Otitis: Yes. Generally the ringing in the ears will subside once the otitis abates and the fluid is absorbed. Tinnitus is very annoying, so let's hope it disappears sooner than later! ...Read more

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I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

Likely improving: Eustachian tube allows middle ear mucous to drain into the throat & air to circulate behind the ear drum. As the infection begins to clear, you will often have periods when the tube opens for a period letting air in (popping) or periods where it is still full of fluid or closed. I see the feature as a sign things are improving. ...Read more

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Recently I got told I had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?

Usually yes: Otitis media is an ear infection. In bacterial ear infections, it can take a month for the fluid in the ear to completely resolve. The fluid may be causing the ringing. If the ringing does not go away, you should be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Which antiseptic drug are used for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Which antiseptic drug are used for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Not needed: In general, fluid behind the ear drum by itself doesn't need an "antiseptic" or antibiotic. If the fluid is infected that is a different story and antibiotics can be helpful. If fluid formed because of a nasal or sinus infection then again an antibiotic can help. Most antibiotics in common use such as amoxil, augmentin, ceftin, (cefuroxime) Bactrim etc... Are helpful. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which antiseptic drug can you recommend for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Expert opinions? Which antiseptic drug can you recommend for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Confusing question: I am not aware of any antiseptic drugs used in the treatment of otitis media. However, we do use antibiotics. Those used vary by the age of the patient, the germ expected, personal allergy history and other factors derived by an office visit. Your pcp can sort this out. This site is not a substitute for an office evaluation when indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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