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Whut can I take over-the-counter for ear infection from drainage from sinus?

Whut can I take over-the-counter for ear infection from drainage from sinus?

Ear and sinus: Hello. I would recommend saline irrigation after using afrin. Afrin only for 5 days but keep the saline going until your ear improves. Mucinex (guaifenesin) will help keep fluid thin and watery. Finally Ibuprofen will help with pain and inflammation. Good luck. ...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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I am desperate for advice on what to do next for my daughter with chronic ear infections and drainage. I have CT results?

I am desperate for advice on what to do next for my daughter with chronic ear infections and drainage. I have CT results?

See Dr. again & ask: A child who has ENT problems that are not getting better can see her doctor again, and then again the next week if still not better. Parents can seek an ENT doctor if the symptoms are worrisome or persistent. Because a primary doctor's referral is not needed with PPO insurance and most POS insurance, this is one reason to avoid HMO insurance. For a virtual consultation, try HealthTap CONCIERGE. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection, and the "drainage" the doc said is causing my tongue to be white with swollen taste buds and what not, does that make sense?

I have a ear infection, and the "drainage" the doc said is causing my tongue to be white with swollen taste buds and what not, does that make sense?

Not likely.: Drainage from ear usually exits out your ear but it could drain down the eustasion tube into the back your throat. Th e white tongue could be side effect of the antibiotics you're on for the ear infection. The swollen taste buds could be from lack of water or trace metals in the meds. See your dentist. ...Read more

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Is it possible you can have a ear infection without pain or drainage my doctor says I have a ear infection but I don't have fever or pain or drainage?

Is it possible you can have a ear infection without pain or drainage my doctor says I have a ear infection but I don't have fever or pain or drainage?

Yes: To have pain there must be some sort of pressure stretching the ear drum. (in or out) To have drainage you either have a hole in the eardrum with pus or debris draining or an inflamed canal draining. Fever may not be present if your body walls off the process. However, you can have an otitis with fluid that does not require antibiotics.These can be monitored without treatment. ...Read more

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Questions about my ear infection... how long before I should see improvement of hearing? and when will the drainage stop

Questions about my ear infection... how long before I should see improvement of hearing? and when will the drainage stop

Ear infection: Depends on the amount of tissue swelling, eustachian tube function, efficacy of antibiotics, whether or not perforation is present, drainage, etc. Could be as little as 5-7 days. If no TM perforation, the initial recovery is three weeks. Some infections need antibiotic tx for three weeks, perhaps longer. if residual fluid in middle ear, could take some time to clear until ET functioning normally. ...Read more

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Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

That depends: You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear. ...Read more

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I have an exterior ear infection and i am currently using ear drops from doctor. Will i have any kind of drainage from this?

I have an exterior ear infection and i am currently using ear drops from doctor. Will i have any kind of drainage from this?

From the drops: Placing drops in your ear canal, which is a closed space, will result in some of that solution/suspension leaking out. ...Read more

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Looking for a home remedy for a ear infection. I'm dizzy, heating lose, no drainage.?

Looking for a home remedy for a ear infection. I'm dizzy, heating lose, no drainage.?

Ear infection: Is it the ear canal or the middle ear that is involved? For outer ear/otitis externa/ swimmer's ear there are otc treatments available. Dizziness, however, suggests otitis media & possible labyrinthitis (infection/ inflammation in the balance mechanism). Otc decongestant may help; otc dramamine (dimenhydrinate) (low dose to prevent side effects) can help with dizziness. If not better in couple days, see fp for tx. ...Read more

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I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen. I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4

I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen.
I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4

I : I hope you are better by now. For anyone reading this post or for your future reference, you can always call the doctor that is treating you. He/she will tell you if they think you should come back into the office, go to the er, or they may just want to change your medication.
In your case the antibiotics were not adequate or they may not have been necessary since many ear infections are viral and tend to clear on their own over time.
If for some reason you are still in pain and have not seen your doctor do so immediately.
All the best. ...Read more

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I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say what is going on. It is certainly possible that you have an ear infection, but in addition to an exam would need a full history before being able to make a diagnosis. Go and be seen. ...Read more

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36 yo female with right ear pain for 2 days (no fever, drainage or other symptoms). History of ear infections as adult and child. I take azathioprine for crohn's. Should i go to doctor or wait?

36 yo female with right ear pain for 2 days (no fever, drainage or other symptoms). History of ear infections as adult and child. I take azathioprine for crohn's. Should i go to doctor or wait?

Any hearing loss: The first question i ask a patient with ear ache (otalgia) is if there is any hearing loss associated with pain. If there is no hearing loss and particularly if the pain is in front of the ear, i would be thinking tmd. This could be joint disease, muscle spasm or referred pain to the side of the face (ear) from dental disease as the other reviewer suggested. ...Read more

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Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing

Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing

It : It is not common for the external ear to be affected with a middle ear infection (the kind of ear infection you get with colds). An outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) can cause redness and drainage, but is fairly painful. Eye drainage, however, can be a sign of middle ear infection. Since he is 2 years old and may not be able to tell you if his ear feels different, you should give his doctor a call and have him checked out. ...Read more

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Can ear infection with fever and no pain or drainage go away on its own without treatment?

Can ear infection with fever and no pain or drainage go away on its own without treatment?

Many do...but...: Most of these, including those caused by bacteria could self heal in a person with a normal immune system. It may take 3 months, but people had them long before we had antibiotics to treat them.However, there are also risks. A complication in that era that is still possible today includes progression to a dangerous infection of the mastoid air cells, behind the ears. ...Read more

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2 yrs. Tubes six months ago suspect ear infection started ear drops today ear drainage and external ear is looking very bruised..Is this from infectn?

2 yrs.  Tubes six months ago suspect ear infection started ear drops today ear drainage and external ear is looking very bruised..Is this from infectn?

Ear drainage: Ear drainage after placement of ear tubes indicates an infection that requires antibiotic +/- steroid ear drops and may need to be treated with oral antibiotic as well. ...Read more

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Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

See Doctor: Given his history of recurrent ear infections and ear tube placement I would definitely have him seen by his pediatrician for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Lower lymph node behind ear is swollen. Have had earaches & drainage, but wisdom teeth are coming in, too. Is it an ear infection or the wisdom teeth?

Lower lymph node behind ear is swollen. Have had earaches & drainage, but wisdom teeth are coming in, too. Is it an ear infection or the wisdom teeth?

Ear infection: Most likey you have an ear infection because your ear has drainage & you have earache swollen, painful post auricular lymph node. You could be having wisdom tooth too. Please see your doctor ASAP. Feel better ...Read more

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Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

No ear drainage asp-: -iration- The ear canals don't drain to the throat/mouth. Certainly any nasal/sinus drainage runs the risk of winding up in the lungs. Coughing is our body's way of attempting to keep the secretions formed in the back of the throat and sinuses out of the airways. ...Read more

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7 mo old runny nose cough no Fever Drainage out of ear looks like wax, no odor. Might be teething. Mildly fussy sleeping normal ear infection or no?

7 mo old runny nose cough no Fever Drainage out of ear looks like wax, no odor. Might be teething.  Mildly fussy sleeping normal ear infection or no?

Cold: symptoms as you described will make a baby fussy as they do not like nasal congestion. It does not sound like your baby has an ear infection. Just observe for now and offer comfort as you can. A cold should resolve in a few days and until it does expect a crabby baby. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a lot more discharge than normal. But i also have a sinus/ear infection. Can these two be related?

I feel like I have a lot more discharge than normal. But i also have a sinus/ear infection. Can these two be related?

See below: Sinus and ear pathogens can be similar and can connect to each other anatomically via the eustachian tubes which connect the middle ear to the throat and thus, indirectly, the sinuses. However, 98% of sinuses infections are viral and 85% of all middle ear infections clear without antibiotics. Thus, if you are having prolonged symptoms, they could be related but are more likely viral. Get seen. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and have been on amoxicilina for 6 days. The first 3 days my ear was blocked. Now I have a constant clear and sticky discharge?

Ear drum rupture: Your ear infection was accompanied by an effusion - a collection of fluid behind the membrane. That fluid gave you the sensation of being "blocked". Now the pressure has reach a point that the ear drum ruptured and now that effusion can drain. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Finish your antibiotics and follow-up with your primary care doc for re-eval to assess whether ENT referral is needed. ...Read more

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I have ear itchiness & discharge, an ear infection, what to do for treatment?

I have ear itchiness & discharge, an ear infection, what to do for treatment?

Need Rx: The safest and fastest way to get relief from an ear infection is with an appropriate medication, either topical or oral, as prescribed after examination by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I have ear infection - brown discharge, what to do for treatment?

See an ENT: An Ear Nose and Throat specialist needs to take a look in that ear and determine exactly what is going on...it may not be a bacterial infection at all! Treatment will depend on what they find. Good luck! ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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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