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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

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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
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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