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I had perforated eardrums due to infection in november. They seemed to heal normally. However, i've been having tinnitus for a month. Related?

I had perforated eardrums due to infection in november. They seemed to heal normally. However, i've been having tinnitus for a month. Related?

Perhaps: Diamox (acetazolamide) can sometimes cause ringing in the ears too. Its a weak carbonic anhydrase inhibitor that affects the production of spinal fluid surrounding the inner ear and brain. Ask your doctor to have a look at you. ...Read more

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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


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Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Yes but...: Any ear infection can theoretically spread to the brain and result in meningitis or brain abscess and with a worst case scenario result in death. But, this is really unusual. In 20+ years of practice I have seen less than a handful of ear infections that have spread to the brain and none of those patients died. ...Read more

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Prednisone was prescribed for ruptured eardrum caused by infection. What are possible side effects from taking prednisone?

Prednisone was prescribed for ruptured eardrum caused by infection. What are possible side effects from taking prednisone?

Minor stuff: Most people on short courses if steroids don't have many side effects and there are no long term effects to worry about. For use of less than 2 weeks here's what generally happens 1. Increased appetite 2. Heartburn 3. Possible trouble sleeping (usually mild) 4. Hot flashes or a flushed feeling if you are a diabetic it can increase blood sugar. ...Read more

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My 33 year-old daughter has huge holes in both eardrums due to childhood infections. Dr wants to 'scarify' her eardrums. Ever hear of it being done?

My 33 year-old daughter has huge holes in both eardrums due to childhood infections. Dr wants to 'scarify'  her eardrums. Ever hear of it being done?

Tympanoplasty: Tympanoplasty with or without ossicular chain reconstruction. Is a commonly done procedure by otologists ( a specialized field of ENT, the regular ENT physicians rarely do them ) so find an otologist who does these procedures often ...Read more

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I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

Possible: Long before there were antibiotics ear infections commonly resolved with the ear drum bursting and the healing. In acute ear infection, withain and hearing loss, treatment with oral antibiotics, usually clears infection before ear drum would perforate or burst. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

Drainage: A ruptured ear drum due to otitis media will cause a bloody or purulent discharge. Ear infection without drainage can result in fluid trapped in middle ear and hearing lost. ...Read more

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Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Several: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more