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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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Waking up with ear pain similar to an ear infection, when sleeping on that side. It goes away after sleeping on other side. Why?

Waking up with ear pain similar to an ear infection, when sleeping on that side. It goes away after sleeping on other side. Why?

Could be TMJ?: See your doctor. This could be an ear issue, or more likely, perhaps a joint issue at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which is right in front of the year. This joint can hurt at nighttime for several reasons including teeth grinding, clenching, or occlusion issues. ...Read more

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Could tonsillitis cause right nose blockage and multi ear infection with sleep abnea?

Could tonsillitis cause right nose blockage and multi ear infection with sleep abnea?

Not likely: In general, tonsillitis can cause obstructive symptoms in the throat, not the nose. For the nose, the adenoids (upper throat, behind the nose) can cause nasal obstruction. A nasal septum deviation or turbinate enlargement is very likely to contribute to nasal blockage. Adenoids can contribute to ear infections. Tonsil and adenoid problems can contribute to sleep apnea problems. See an ent. ...Read more

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Can I use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. 3% that was prescribed for my 2yr old eyes in her ear. She's getting an ear infection can't sleep.

Can I use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. 3% that was prescribed for my 2yr old eyes in her ear. She's getting an ear infection can't sleep.

No: Drops used to treat ear infection only work if your daughter if she has tubes in her ears or if she has an external otitis (infection in the ear canal, not the middle ear.) if she has tubes in, you can't use the ophthalmic solution in the middle ear, because the ph of the solution is not right for that area. If no tubes and she has a middle ear infection to where she can't sleep, oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can a ear infection cause an overall sleeping deprivation? I am having alot of problems sleeping lately, and the anxiety that it causes worsens it.

Can a ear infection cause an overall sleeping deprivation? I am having alot of problems sleeping lately, and the anxiety that it causes worsens it.

Short term: Any infection or disease which causes discomfort can cause temporary or short term sleep deprivation due to the discomfort it creates. When compounded by anxiety about NOT getting adequate sleep, the situation worsens. Managing anxiety and pain together should help this be a short lived problem. If not, your doctor can help! ...Read more

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I am using amoxicillin for ear infection and I cannot sleep in the night because of the pain can I take a dayquil to sleep?

I am using amoxicillin for ear infection and I cannot sleep in the night because of the pain can I take a dayquil to sleep?

Yes: But there is something not quite right here. If you have been on amoxicillin for more than 3 days without any improvement you need to consult an ENT doctor. Another condition which mimics ear infection is temporomandibular disease from teeth-grinding. ...Read more

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Can a baby (not a newborn) get more ear infections if he sleeps on his back or on his stomach?

Can a baby (not a newborn) get more ear infections if he sleeps on his back or on his stomach?

The real...: ...Risk factor is drinking while lying on her back. Sleeping position has little if anything to do with ear infections. ...Read more

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I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so I can sleep and lay back?

I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so I can sleep and lay back?

Types Ear infection: 3 types of ear infections: outer, middle &inner. Inner ear infection involves the balance system and people get very dizzy. Outer ear infection involves the outer ear and ear canal. It can be very painful. There is usually swelling and drainage of the ear. Middle ear involves the ear drum and middle ear space. There is pain, muffled hearing etc. For pain: advil, (ibuprofen) or tylenol+warm compress. ...Read more

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What side should you sleep if you have an ear infection?

What side should you sleep if you have an ear infection?

It does not matter: Sleep on the side that is most comfortable for you. ...Read more

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1-year-old has an ear infection. How can I help her sleep better?

1-year-old has an ear infection. How can I help her sleep better?

Comfort: Several options are available for comfort. A weight appropriate dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen may help. Heat, not burning but warm, held against the infected ear. Or if the eardrum is intact, putting 1-2 drops of warm but not hot olive oil may help reduce the pain. Also sleeping in a more upright position may help. ...Read more

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I believe my daughter has an ear infection. She scratched her ear so much til it bled, now she's sleeping?

I believe my daughter has an ear infection. She scratched her ear so much til it bled, now she's sleeping?

Possible: Young children may pull or scratch their ears when they are infected or have pressure in them. You should see your pediatrician in the morning. ...Read more

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My 13 month old throws up in his sleep but doesn't wake up he did it twice last night what should I do? Not acting sick but has ear infection on meds

How long?: Has this only been happening since the ear infection and antibiotics? If so, may be upset stomach from antibiotics. If this had been going on longer, reflux is a possibility. Either way you should discuss this with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter just had her 2 month shots. She has 2 ear infections. She won't eat last she ate was at 3 this morning. Screaming till sleep I'm worried?

My daughter just had her 2 month shots. She has 2 ear infections. She won't eat last she ate was at 3 this morning. Screaming till sleep I'm worried?

Not eating, drinking: If your baby is only 2 months old and not eating (and presumably not drinking either) she could easily become dehydrated. If she has a fever also, this will increase the difficulty. Babies do sometimes get fevers with immunizations, but if crying extensively and not taking anything in, she should be seen. Call your pediatrician -- s/he may want to meet you in er. Be well, . ...Read more

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I use earbuds to sleep plastic ones, I have a sore ear, not really inside but on the outside is this a ear infection or bruised ear from rolling on it?

Ear pain: Try not to use plastic ear pugs to sleep, you can get pain and damage your ear canal if you lean on them for a long time. If you have to use ear plugs to sleep use soft foam ear plugs. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Red?: What does he/she mean "red"? No diagnosis? Might be a TMJ disorder. I'd have an oral surgeon look at you. If TMJ, see a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

Rarely needs surgery: True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy). This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out! ...Read more

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5 month old has cough and stuffy nose, keeps pulling on and off the bottle. She's sleeping so so at night? Ear infection? Or just part of cold?

5 month old has cough and stuffy nose, keeps pulling on and off the bottle. She's sleeping so so at night? Ear infection? Or just part of cold?

5 month old: It could be any of the above that you mentioned. If you are concerned, please make an appointment with your pediatrician for an evaluation. The only way to diagnose an ear infection is to have a physician look in the ears with an otoscope. ...Read more

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1yr. Old cries, snores, stops breathing while sleeping. Purposefully Bangs head a lot (in good moods). & had several ear infections. Related?

1yr. Old cries, snores, stops breathing while sleeping. Purposefully Bangs head a lot (in good moods). & had several ear infections. Related?

Discuss this: With your pediatrician and possibly ENT. Possible upper airway obstruction/malformation. A sleep study may be required or at least a CT scan to determine airway volume and patency. Any swallowing issues? ...Read more

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What could cause dizziness, lack of sleep, some confusion, very anxious, migrains. Had inner ear infection loss of hearing yrs ago. Feeling frustrated?

What could cause dizziness, lack of sleep, some confusion, very anxious, migrains. Had inner ear infection loss of hearing yrs ago. Feeling frustrated?

Multiple Symptoms: It is important to see your doctor to assess your medical conditions, then consult a mental health professional who can help you with your anxiety and how to reduce your overall tension levels. Try to use the anti anxiety app for daily supportive help. My best. ...Read more

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2 year old with 102 fever for 2 days. Sleeping and eating fine. Had a sore throat 2 weeks ago. H/O chronic ear infection but no complaints of pain.

2 year old with 102 fever for 2 days. Sleeping and eating fine. Had a sore throat 2 weeks ago. H/O chronic ear infection but no complaints of pain.

Fever again: Ahhhhh, different picture now. With the history of chronic ear infection, his ears need to be looked at before assuming the fever is caused by a virus. Make an appointment today. ...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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3mo old baby taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for ear infection. She fell asleep before her last dose of the day. Administered medicine as soon as she woke up. Is this o?

3mo old baby taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for ear infection. She fell asleep before her last dose of the day. Administered medicine as soon as she woke up. Is this o?

Yes: There is flexibility on the dosing of this med by mouth. You can work around sleep intervals. You try to keep it within an hour or two of expected. ...Read more

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What should I do for an ear infection?

What should I do for an ear infection?

Ear infection: Talk to your pcp to examine & recommend appropriate antibiotic as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an ear infection?

Ear infection: Classic symptoms: ear pain or ear fullness, decreased or muffled hearing in one ear, drainage from ear canal, or exquisite tenderness of the ear to touch or tugging the ear. Ear infections are either middle ear (nontender to pulling) or external ear (very tender to pulling). ...Read more

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How to determine if I have an ear infection?

How to determine if I have an ear infection?

Pain, fever: Ear pain with fever are most common signs of what people refer to as "an ear infection" aka "acute otitis media"

pain can be worse with laying down, sometimes with swallowing or eating

also common to have stuffy/runny nose, sometimes cough

otitis media is different from otitis externa (aka swimmer's ear), where it's more common to have pain when gently tugging or moving your ear.

See a doc. ...Read more

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I might have an ear infection. What should I do?

I might have an ear infection. What should I do?

Rx the pain now: I would do what you can to deal with the discomfort now. Ibuprofen ; laying with a heating pad on that side of the head can help. Tomorrow try to get in with your pcp or an urgent care center. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think I have an ear infection, help please?

I'm starting to think I have an ear infection, help please?

Ear infection?: First you need to know if it is a real ear infection. This requires professional to examine the ear. If the infection is in the external ear canal it may respond to topical drops depending on the severity of the infection. If it is in the middle ear it may be viral and will resolve in time; if bacterial may need antibiotics. If severe and in the inner ear may need drainage/antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could I use doxy-cycl for ear infection?

Could I use doxy-cycl for ear infection?

Ear infection: The organisms that typically cause ear infections would not, for the most part, respond to Doxycycline. If you suspect you have an ear infection, best to see your provider. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent an ear infection?

What can I do to prevent an ear infection?

Ear Infections: If you mean external ear infection, then the best way to avoid one is to keep your ears dry while bathing and swimming. Also don't use q-tips or other devices to clean ear canals.
Middle ear infections can't be prevented per se. They can occur during or after a cold, or during flare up of allergies. They can occur for no clear reason. In general, the better your overall health, the lower the risk. ...Read more

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How should I treat my ear infection at home?

See a doctor: These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

Inner ear infections: Anatomically ear is divided into external ear, middle ear (consisting of ossicles), inner ear (consisting of cochlea, vestibular apparatus) when you are asking about inner ear I am assuming you are asking about the middle ear (infections may be bacterial or fungal most often). These infections can be cured with antibiotics, or antifungals- rarely surgery. ...Read more

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I think my 9 year old son has an ear infection?

? your question is?: To best use the public Healthtap site, you submit background info and ask a related question. We do not provide diagnosis and treatment. There is an affiliated site, Healthtap prime where you can arrange for a paid doctor consultation. Check the site for details. Ear infections require an exam for proper treatment. If you believe your kid has a treatable problem, arrange for him to be evaluated. ...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