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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...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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Will all ear infections eventually get better over time? I have a history of swimmers ear infections, but only in one ear.

Will all ear infections eventually get better over time? I have a history of swimmers ear infections, but only in one ear.

Better to treat.: Swimmer's ear is also known as acute external otitis or otitis externa. The most common cause of this infection is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming favoring bacterial growth. Usually you can treat swimmer's ear with eardrops. Prompt treatment can help prevent complications and more-serious infections. ...Read more

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How long should middle ear infection last?

How long should middle ear infection last?

Etiology: Almost all middle ear infections result from a viral infection in the back of the nose. This, in turn causes swelling of the tube that connects the back of the nose to the middle ear space. The virus should be eliminated in about 7 to 10 days. However, at your age of 44, a bacterial superinfection may require an antibiotic and may last for many weeks. See an ENT doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can frontal sinus infection take weeks of antibiotics until it clears up?

Can frontal sinus infection take weeks of antibiotics until it clears up?

No: If 2 appropriate antibiotics with steroids do not clear any sinusitis, whether frontal or other sinuses, bacteria are probably not the problem. Lay people only focus on antibiotic treatment and they do not understand that mechanical blockage of the sinuses cause inflammation. Therefore, if several good antibiotics over a course of a month are not successful, you may need a drainage procedure. ...Read more

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How long would middle ear infection normally last ?

See below: Most cases of otitis media in children will resolve without antibiotic treatment if they are older than 2 years, if they do not have moderate to severe ear pain and do not have fever over 102.2f. If antibiotics are used in more severe cases the children improve after 2-3 days. Fluid will frequently persist in the middle ear for a month or longer after resolution of the acute infection. ...Read more

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Ear ringing all the time home builder

Ear ringing all the time home builder

There : There are several conditions that can cause this. Ear ringing is called "tinnitus". If you have been around really loud sounds, this can cause ear ringing for a time period. Certain medications can cause ear ringing. If Aspirin is overused and taken in large quantities, it can cause ear ringing, and can cause serious toxicity. Inner ear conditions such as meniere's disease can cause ear ringing and this disease is a serious problem. If tinnitus persists then the patient should be seen by their physician or an ENT (ears, nose, throat) physician for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Ringing in my ears for 2 days. Doc said its middle ear & throat infection. Given antibiotics & drops. scared its permanent. How long if its temporary?

Ringing in my ears for 2 days. Doc said its middle ear & throat infection. Given antibiotics & drops. scared its permanent. How long if its temporary?

Tinnitus: If this does not clear in about a week you will need to be evaluated by an ENT doctor, but this is not uncommon in association with a common cold. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Lump behind ear, numbness in neck. Is it from an ear infection? I don't get ear infections.

See physician: Lump behind ear with numbness in neck is unlikely from ear infection without a history of previous ear infection. Should have this examined in near future. ...Read more

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What causes hole in ear drum child 11. What's recovery time after surgery?

What causes hole in ear drum child 11. What's recovery time after surgery?

Eardrum issues: A hole in the eardrum is usually , in a child, due to an infection that caused the eardrum to "burst" which alleviates the pain and allows the pus behind the drum to drain. Children have "tubes" put in their ears surgically to do the same thing- i.e. allow drainage. the recovery time after surgery is minimal- its day surgery and they are fine ...Read more

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Have to take eardrops for swimmers ear the ear drops take a long time to go down?

Have to take eardrops for swimmers ear the ear drops take a long time to go down?

May need a wick: If your ear is not feeling better and you are having trouble getting the drops in properly, you may need one or both of the following: 1. There may be a lot of debris (moist dead skin cells, fungus, etc) that needs to be cleaned out of the ear canal (typically by an ENT). or 2. You may need a wick: a small sponge placed in the ear canal to absorb drops and "wick" them deep where they need to go. ...Read more

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When will hearing resume after ear infection in adults?

Rule of thumb: 70% resolve fluid behind the eardrum within 30 days, 80% within 60, and 90% within 90 days. As the main reason behind hearing loss with ear infection is fluid behind the eardrum, use this as a guide. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have a middle ear infection after an inner ear infection?

Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection can spread to inner ear. Most likely you had a middle ear infection which when treated has residual fluid behind the ear drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 3-4 months then see ent. ...Read more

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Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?

Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?

Takes time: The fluid is trapped in the middle ear space and must exit through the Eustachian tube. This can take up to 3 weeks or so in a routine middle ear infection. Nothing you take or do is likely to speed this up.Antihistamines may actually slow the process. ...Read more

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Right ear perforated due to ear infection. 5th day of antibiotics, now left ear is muffled. Could this end up perforating? Or could it be linked?

Linked: A person who develops a middle ear infection usually has a predisposing factor like a cold or allergies. What leads to fluid buildup & infection and infection on one side can often do so on both.The muffling is usually the fluid buildup & perforation uncommon. See your doc. ...Read more

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Looked in baby's ear and ear drum is red on one ear he is teething and runny nose could it b ear infection or pressure?4 weeks ago on antibiotics

Looked in baby's ear and ear drum is red on one ear he is teething and runny nose could it b ear infection or pressure?4 weeks ago on antibiotics

Red doesn't diagnose: Red is but one thing we look at when visualizing an ear drum. Red alone does not an ear infection make. An ear drum can be red if child has fever, is crying, holding breath, etc. We also look at landmarks, how the light reflexes, whether the ear drum moves, whether there is fluid behind the drum. All the things together make the diagnosis. If you are concerned, best to have doc look to diagnose. ...Read more

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Isn't it unusual to to have 10 ear infections after ear tube surgery?

Isn't it unusual to to have 10 ear infections after ear tube surgery?

No: No it s not normal. Some patients however do have this problem and it is frequently due to what is referred to as a "biofilm". The tube is a foreign body and in some cases bacteria will form a light film on the tube resulting in recurrent infections. The treatment is frequently removal of the tube. ...Read more

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How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

7 to 10 days: Most viral infections last 7 to 10 days. A middle ear effusion or fluid in the ear may persist much longer. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Ear infection. On antibiotics 2 days. Now sx of the other ear being infected. Is that possible ?

Ear infection.  On antibiotics 2 days. Now sx of the other ear being infected.   Is that possible ?

Maybe: Assuming middle ear infection, rather than outer (swimmer's ear): First, I'd give the antibiotics 3-4 more days before being too concerned. It's possible that the bacteria causing ear infection is resistant to the med or dose you are taking. Understand though, that ear pain/pressure is caused by trapped fluid behind ear drum, and regardless of antibiotics, must drain. Add guaifenesin + lots of H2O ...Read more

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Ear infection that lasts over 2 weeks, what to do?

Ear infection that lasts over 2 weeks, what to do?

Ear infection: An ear infection lasting more than 2 weeks either may need more time to clear the infection or prompt the need for follow up with a doctor to determine if oral antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more