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Pain in ears pins and needles in head and head aches could it be an ear infection or worse?

Pain in ears pins and needles in head and head aches could it be an ear infection  or worse?

Non-specific: An ear infection can be confined to the skin of the ear canal (external otitis) or fluid or pus in the middle ear space (otitis media). The latter is almost always associated with a hearing loss. Pins and needles in the head and headache are too non-specific to evaluate except to reassure you that it is unlikely to be due to an ear infection. ...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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Tonsils swollen, mild ear infection, detailed info thats too much for this msg but doctor said its normal ear infection and throat pus.. Can it be hiv?

Tonsils swollen, mild ear infection, detailed info thats too much for this msg but doctor said its normal ear infection and throat pus.. Can it be hiv?

Need more info: The symptoms of the initial HIV infection is like a flu, or mono. Fever, joint pain, rash, fatigue, and lymph node enlargement. Because of the long incubation period, it may take several weeks or months to experience these symptoms after an event of infection. If you are really worried, you need to have HIV infection tested. There could be a falsely negative test, if the test is done too early. ...Read more

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Do I really have an ear infection if no pain or pus?

Do I really have an ear infection if no pain or pus?

Fluid in ear: Many children and adults may have fluid in the middle ear space without pain or pus. This condition properly called "otitis media with effusion" most commonly follows a viral upper respiratory infection such as a common cold. The real question is; do you have a hearing loss? Do you have pressure or fullness? Get a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I could see pus in my hear from an ear infection do I have to see a doctor ? Asap?

I could see pus in my hear from an ear infection do I have to see a doctor ? Asap?

Not an emergency: If you do not have pain you could wait till the next day to see a physician but a visit to MD is necessary. ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. i have taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. it has a white thick pus constanly draining what do i do?

I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. i have  taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. it has a white thick pus constanly draining what do i do?

See your doctor: You need to be re evaluated, and treated with a different medication. You may have a resistant bacteria that needs pills instead of ear drops, or you could have an issue with fungus or yeast. ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. i have taken 10 days worth of cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. it has a white thick pus constanly draining ?

I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. i have taken 10 days worth of cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. it has a white thick pus constanly draining ?

Ear issues: It sounds like you should see your provider or an ear nose and throat specialist to try a different antibiotic and assess for whether antibiotic ear drops will help if the ear canal and ear itself are swollen as it appears you have possibly ruptured your ear drum but this is not always the case with drainage. ...Read more

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How long does it take for perforated ear with middle ear infection to heal and rid of pus?

How long does it take for perforated ear with middle ear infection to heal and rid of pus?

Tm perforation: If this is a new spontaneous perforation caused by an acute middle ear infection the small perforation usually closes in 2-6 weeks. Keep water out of ear until it heals. If draining pus you probably needs drops and/or oral antibiotic. See your pcp. ...Read more

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Ear infection 3wks. Cipro (cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin) ear drops first, oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) second for 10 days. Eardrum ruptured, black/green/white pus coming from ear.When will it go away?

Ear infection 3wks. Cipro (cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin) ear drops first, oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) second for 10 days. Eardrum ruptured, black/green/white pus coming from ear.When will it go away?

Middle ear infection: with ruptured eardrum, that would need the right antibiotic, right dosage for proper duration, your treating doctor can only decide that, meanwhile make sure you keep it clean and dry, and plugged when showering, avoid swimming for now, ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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 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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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

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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