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What's to be expected? Might using earbuds cause cancer or some ear infection?

What's to be expected? Might using earbuds cause cancer or some ear infection?

Deafness: Damage to hearing is more likely from using headphones and related devices. Infection may occur if the device causes irritation to the lining of the ear canal. Cancer is not likely. ...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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Could ear infection cause vomitting?

Absolutely!: Very common to have it upset the middle ear equilibrium and cause nausea, vomiting or unsteadiness. ...Read more

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What causes you to hear differently if you have an ear infection?

What causes you to hear differently if you have an ear infection?

Fluid: Most ear infections are caused from fluid in the middle ear. The fluid causes difficulty in hearing. It's a little like trying to hear under water. ...Read more

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What bacteria causes an ear infection?

What bacteria causes an ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections can be caused by any number of bacteria. However, the three most common causes of inner ear infections (otitis media) are: Streptococcus Pneumoniae; hemophilus influenzae (non-typeable); and moraxella catarrhalis. Infections of the outer ear and ear canal (otitis externa) can be from other bacteria. See your doctor if you believe you have an ear infection. ...Read more

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What exactly causes ear infections to form?

What exactly causes ear infections to form?

Eustachian Tube: Ear infections often form as a result of fluid from a cold being backed up in to the middle ear and becoming infected from germs it carries with it form the oral cavity (mouth). Other times it can be seeded from bacteria in the blood settling there... ...Read more

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What germs cause ear infections?

What germs cause ear infections?

Bacteria: The 3 most common bacteria to cause middle ear infections (otitis media) are streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae and moraxella catarrhalis. Otitis media can also be a viral infection. Swimmer's ear or otitis externa is mostly from pseudomonas aeruginosa. Other swimmer's ear germs include staph aureus, enterobacter aerogenes, proteus mirabilis, klebsiella pneumoniae and fungi. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause pain on head?

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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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

It definitely can: A variety of conditions can cause an earache and toothache, and the two symptoms are often related. In the case of a toothache, you can have referred pain to the ear and vice versa. See your dentist first to rule out tooth pain. ...Read more

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What can cause an ear infection usually?

What can cause an ear infection usually?

Middle ear infxn: It is typically caused by blockage of the eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the nose, trapping fluid and germs in the middle ear which start to get infected. Many times they are caused by viruses, occasionally bacteria, and rarely fungus. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an ear infection?

What are the causes of an ear infection?

Depends on location: Viruses can invade the ear nerve, impaining hearing; viruses or bacteria can inhabit the normally sterile middle ear space& mucous= otitis media;germs can invade the ear drum= myringitis/ lots of pain; skin bacteria & fungus can invade an over-hydrated outer canal & cause swimmers ear. Each affliction may be considered an ear infection & each is handled differently. ...Read more

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What could cause a severe ear infection?

What could cause a severe ear infection?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Can wind really cause or worsen an ear infection?

Can wind really cause or worsen an ear infection?

Wind & ear infection: Wind will not cause or worsen an ear infection. But exposure to cold wind can make your ear pain worse when you have an ear infection. ...Read more

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Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes?

Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes?

Some possibilities: An ear infection on the inside of the eardrum is a "middle ear" infection, and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. An ear infection on the outside of the eardrum is an "outer ear" infection or "swimmer's ear", which is caused by moisture in the outer ear canal that allows skin germs to grow and multiply in the skin. ...Read more

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Ear infection cause hives?

Ear infection cause hives?

Uncommon: There are reports of hives occurring during infections with strep throat and viruses especially in children. An ear infection from a virus could potentially trigger hives, but more likely explanations would be the antibiotics used to treat infections, or other medications like Aspirin or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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What are the causes of ear infections?

What are the causes of ear infections?

Ears are connected..: ...To the nose on the inside, with a tunnel called the eustacian tube. Anything that happens in the nose, can affect the ear. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Certainly can: An ear infection certainly can cause dizziness, though it is not the only possible cause. Dizziness, or vertigo, can occur from various conditions, so details about when it happens (at rest, right after getting up from sitting, with activity, etc.) can help make the diagnosis. I would definitely see a physician if you are having a vertigo or think you have an ear infection. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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What causes an ear infection to stop throbbing?

Pain meds: Nonsteroidal medications like Aspirin or Ibuprofen will likely help with throbbing ear pain. See a doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What could be cause my to constantly be getting ear infections?

What could be cause my to constantly be getting ear infections?

Otitis: Frequent ear infections can be caused by smoking, allergies, structural anomalies of the middle ear and eustachian tube, enlargement of the tonsils, frequent throat infections and perhaps immunoglobulin a deficiency. ...Read more

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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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Could wearing ear plugs cause an ear infection?

External otitis: Wearing ear plugs for long periods of time can lead to inflammation of the external ear canal skin. The ear plugs will not cause a middle ear infection. If an external ear infection occurs, simple remedies like vosol (acetic acid and propylene glycol) otic with hydro-cortisone (vosol (acetic acid and propylene glycol) (acetic acid and propylene glycol) is like vinegar) are helpful. Simply stopping the use of the ear plugs for an extended period of time would also help. ...Read more

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What causes ear infections? Can you prevent them?

What causes ear infections? Can you prevent them?

Middle ear infection: Generally occur when the eustachian tube (structure that prevents fluid accumulation in the middle ear space) becomes dysfunctional from things like inflammation. Preventing nasal congestion with various nasal sprays or decongestants can help, as well as allergy control. ...Read more

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What is the cause of ear infections and ear aches?

What is the cause of ear infections and ear aches?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause anxiety issues?

Can an ear infection cause anxiety issues?

Ear pain from infect: Please know that pain in general (in this case most likely due to the ear proper) does set one up for a generalized state of discomfort, and in a given indivudual, possible generation of anxiety, stemming from the infectious process or inflammatory process in the ear proper. The anxious state should dissapate with resolution of the primary otological problem. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Depends on variables: The inner ear nerve is contained well within the strongest bone in the body away from direct contact with fluids or germs. However, a viral infection can travel to the nerve and cause permanent hearing loss. The middle ear is subject to various viral or bacterial infections, with transient reduction unless chronic and untreated. The outer ear canal can swell with swimmers ear, with transient effect. ...Read more

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Can I take penicillin for an ear infection caused by earrings?

Why?: The best way to have the ear heal where the earring was placed is to remove the earring, clean the area and place some otc antibiotic cream like neosprin. Keep the area clean and it will heal. If you are referring to an internal ear infection see your ent. ...Read more

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What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

Head size: The primary factor leading to recurrent middle ear disease in infants is their head size and its impact on the drainage of the middle ear. The middle ear space has a narrow and shortened tube that drains mucous into the throat. It easily plugs, allows fluid backup and throat germs get into the ear. As the kid gets bigger, drainage improves and the risk declines. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?

What to do if I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?

Yes: Inner ear infections often cause associated symptoms of dizziness, ear ringing, headaches, vertigo, nausea. True inner ear infections are a serious matter and not to be fiddled around with. You need to see an ENT (ear -nose-throat) doctor or infectious disease doctor if your primary care doctor is not comfortable treating this. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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