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How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

Earache: Any of the analgesics (acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen) can be taken orally. Your doctor can prescribe ear drops for pain. Warm commpress to the outer ear may help too. ...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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Can ear infection pain travel to neck and shoulder?

Can ear infection pain travel to neck and shoulder?

Yes: Ear pain can be VERY SEVERE! It can travel to neck, shoulder as well jaw and make sleeping, eating and thinking appropriately very difficult. If having ear pain u shd see ur doctor ASAP. It in doubt regarding some other diagnosis u shd see the doctor right away as well esp if u r worried about heart conditions. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear infection pain facial paralysis on right side?

What to do if I have ear infection pain facial paralysis on right side?

See ENT doctor now: It is uncommon for adults to get facial paralysis from an ear infection, but it does happen and should be treated right away by an ENT doctor. It could be from other causes also, all of which will be checked out by your ENT doctor. Go! ...Read more

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What to do about ear infection pain facial paralysis on right side?

ENT URGENT: If you have an ear infection and facial paralysis, it is a medical emergency. Go to an emergency room or see an ENT doc today. ...Read more

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Why did my ear infection pain come back a few days after starting floxin (ofloxacin)? Not as bad as it was but this is my 3rd abx.

Why did my ear infection pain come back a few days after starting floxin (ofloxacin)? Not as bad as it was but this is my 3rd abx.

Ear infection: You may have a recurrence of pain because of serous fluid resulting from infection. See your doctor for possible use of steroids to help relieve pain and dry the fluid. ...Read more

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Bad cold virus. 2 eye infections going away and now ear infection. Pain is gone but it's plugged and can barely hear out of it. When will it clear?

Bad cold virus. 2 eye infections going away and now ear infection. Pain is gone but it's plugged and can barely hear out of it. When will it clear?

It may take a while: With most middle ear infections, there is an accumulation of fluid that builds up in the middle ear space. That is what makes you feel "muffled" with hearing. Even after adequate treatment it can take 1-3 weeks for this fluid to clear. If you have a common cold, (upper respiratory infection ), this can slow down the process. Chew gum, drink extra liquids and hot showers can make you feel a little ...Read more

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I got antibiotics 3 days ago for middle ear infection. Pain in ear is less, but there is ache and numbness in the whole right side of head. Normal?

I got antibiotics 3 days ago for middle ear infection. Pain in ear is less, but there is ache and numbness in the whole right side of head. Normal?

Not better: You should be feeling better. The concern may be that the infection has spread. It is time to get a recheck. All the best. ...Read more

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How long should it take for augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) to start to reduce ear infection pain?

Otalgia: The pain may or may not be a direct effect of the infection itself. If the pain is due to inflammation this should recede fairly rapidly, assuming the causative organism is susceptible to augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). If, however, pain is due to congestion and consequent occlusion of the eustacian tubes this may require decongestants, irrigation, possibly steroids. Use the latter and then be patient. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause pain on head?

Yes: Ear infections can cause headaches, but they can also produce other complications. It is always best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Yes: To have pain with an ear infection the infected material must build up pressure on the ear drum causing it to stretch or cause direct irritation to the drum itself. Some kids or adults will have an infection that doesn't do either. ...Read more

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My ear was in pain for about 2 days. I thought It was just an ear infection. the pain is gone now but I can't hear very well. What can I do?

My ear was in pain for about 2 days. I thought It was just an ear infection. the pain is gone now but I can't hear very well. What can I do?

Check it out: Pain in the middle ear can be many things, including viral issues that self heal or bacterial ones that may require antibiotics for quick resolution. With any, there is often accumulation of middle ear fluid that slows down the movement of the ear boned (suppresses hearing). It can take weeks to improve.The only way to know if it needs antibiotics is to have it checked. ...Read more

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Could water behind my ear cause my ear infection and pain?

Check with MD: This is an easy one to diagnose in a doctor's office, so go an get it checked out. Remember most ear infections, especially in the young, are caused by viral infection, so antibiotics don't work. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my ear infection & the pain before my flight?

How do I get rid of my ear infection & the pain before my flight?

Antibiotics: If you have an ear infection and you are about to fly.. You need to get this treated asap or you may be miserable on the flight. I would get on some antibiotics asap. ...Read more

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Doctorsaid i had an ear infection. no pain but i have had hearing loss in my right ear. i was prescribed ear drops but its been 5days?

Doctorsaid i had an ear infection. no pain but i have had hearing loss in my right ear. i was prescribed ear drops but its been 5days?

ENT evaluation: Most ear infection will have pain and then other symptoms can also occur such as hearing loss and fevers. My suggestion is to see an ENT specialist and get a more thorough ear exam and possibly hearing tests if needed. Good luck ...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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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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


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