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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

Dr. Cynthia Bergmann
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Infection Of The Uterus (Definition)

Endometritis is an infection in the uterus. It can be caused by many different types of bacteria. It usually presents with lower abdominal pain, abnormal foul smelling discharge, and fever. It can occur following pregnancy and is often seen in women who had a prolonged period of time of ruptured membranes prior to delivery. It is also seen in women remote from ...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?

Talk to your doc: 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

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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?

Rare but can happen: It is rare but it can happen. Sometimes with an ear infection the pus inside the middle ear causes the drum to thin in certain places. The pressure can become so great that the drum bursts. Before antibiotics this bursting was actually a good thing because the pus would drain and the ear improve. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
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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

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I had on and off ear pressure for two months and my dr examined my ear and saw no infection and eardrum okay. Could it be cholesteatoma or ear tumor??

I had on and off ear pressure for two months and my dr examined my ear and saw no infection and eardrum okay. Could it be cholesteatoma or ear tumor??

No: it can still be your external ear or middle ear and Eustachian tube dysfunction, can be related to nasal congestion too, if continues or really bothersome, visit your ENT specialist, good luck ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum from an ear infection. Should i follow up with my pcp or an ent?

I was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum from an ear infection. Should i follow up with my pcp or an ent?

Go to ENT.: It would be best to go to your ent. Your pcp may send to to the ENT anyway. I see that you are also on antibiotic so you are covered for now , at least. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if I have eardrum popped and had an infection after that?

What happens if I have eardrum popped and had an infection after that?

Rupture?: By popped do you mean rupture. An acute infection can cause the eardrum to rupture. This can be painful and is followed by drainage of the pus from the ear, which can then decrease the pain as the pressure is released. Happily, most of these heal on their own. If it doesn't, then you may need surgery to repair the hole. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent this after having repeated infections and abcess behind eardrum as a child?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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What can be done to prevent this after having repeated infections and abcess behind eardrum as a child?

See below: I am assuming the index case has been under the care of ENT specialist. Referral to infectious disease specialist to find out whether he/she has an immunodeficiency would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I have 2 perforated eardrums and my specialist says they won't heal on own and surgery is a risk of holes comin back my concern is infection n Fowleri?

I have 2 perforated eardrums and my specialist says they won't heal on own and surgery is a risk of holes comin back my concern is infection n Fowleri?

Very unlikely: Naeglaria fowleri is an amoeba that can cause certain rare and often deadly brain infections. This is contracted by contaminated water entering the nose. Water contamination through perforated eardrums can cause infection (draining ear), but this is typically with common bacteria like pseudomonas and is usually easily treated with antibiotic ear drops. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old's eardrum ruptured 8 days ago because of an infection. How long will it take for her hearing to improve? When should we be concerned?

My 3 yr old's eardrum ruptured 8 days ago because of an infection. How long will it take for her hearing to improve? When should we be concerned?

Ruptured ear drum: Your child should be under the care of an ear, nose and throat specialist. He can determine the proper steps for your child to regain her hearing. ...Read more

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I was at the doctor this morning hearing that my eardrum in pulling in. Can it be of my tooth that broke and that I have infection in my tooth?

I was at the doctor this morning hearing that my eardrum in pulling in. Can it be of my tooth that broke and that I have infection in my tooth?

Eustachian tube: dysfunction is most likely cause of a retracted ear drum. Eustachian tube dysfunction can be caused by infection or allergies. Did you ask the doctor about the possible cause and/or discuss the problem with your tooth? Is the infection in your tooth begin treated? ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be the only symptom. ...Read more

Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
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Fungal Nail Infection (Definition)

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