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Is it common to have ear inflammation with strep?

Is it common to have ear inflammation with strep?

No: Strep pyogenes or b-hemolytic streptococcus is not a common cause of acute ear infections today. Before the use of antibiotics it was a serious disease leaving a large perforation in the ear drum. However, if a culture of pus from the ear canal demonstrates this bacterial organism it can be treated with a penicillin derivative. Culture needs to be made before treatment is started. ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Sharp intermittent ear pain .... Dr said saw inflammation when checked .. What can this mean ?

Sharp intermittent ear pain .... Dr said saw inflammation when checked .. What can this mean ?

IRRITATION: inflammation is different than infection inflammation is irritation that could go away by itself. is different from infection which needs antibiotic to go away. ...Read more

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Inner ear and jaw inflammation, what do I do?

Dental visit: Start with a dental visit and xrays to eliminate wisdom teeth problems, then to ENT if no results. ...Read more

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How can inflammation of inner ear caused by sinuses be treated and how long does it last?

How can inflammation of inner ear caused by sinuses be treated and how long does it last?

Depends: The answer depends on the severity of the infection and the bacteria or virus causing it. If truly with an accompanying inner ear issue, an antihistamine or decongestant medication, even one such as "antivert" (meclizine) may help with symptoms of dizziness, etc. And once treated with antibx if needed and meds as above, you should get better in a few days. If not, then see ENT dr. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cracking sound in the ear. goes away only temporarily with anti inflammation drugs or betahistine(betaserc). with moderate balance problem. any idea?

Cracking sound in the ear. goes away only temporarily with anti inflammation drugs or  betahistine(betaserc). with moderate balance problem. any idea?

TMJ: Cracking sound that clears with anti-inlammatory meds may be Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Try using an ACE bandage as a loose sling to support the jaw, take the weight off. You can also use mirror biofeedback, see my book, Stressed? Anxiety? Your Cure is in the Mirror. ...Read more

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Will predinsone get rid of inflammation of inner ear?

Will predinsone get rid of inflammation of inner ear?

Possibly: Depends on the cause of the inflammation. Prednisone is a strong anti inflammatory, but won't treat an infection alone. ...Read more

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How does inflammation of the ear happen!? And could they be causing tension headaches

How does inflammation of the ear happen!? And could they be causing tension headaches

Complicated: Inflammation of the ear is too vague. If your ear is inflamed for any significant time you should see an ent to best evaluate the cause. Tension headaches are commonand many things can induce them, including stress (about your ear) or pain. But you alsobeed to be certain that tension headaches are indeed what you have ...Read more

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I feel slight pain in my ear/eardrum, after my eardrum broke + inflammation. Is it normal?

I feel slight pain in my ear/eardrum, after my eardrum broke + inflammation. Is it normal?

Yes and No: It is certainly normal to have slight pain with a ruptured ear drum but we need to no the size of the perforation and what caused it. If the rupture followed infection you need to be seen by an ENT doctor to determine the size of the perforation and the hearing loss and to determine if surgery is required. A small tear, less than 2-3 mm. May heal itself. Keep the ear dry. ...Read more

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Got vertigo about 2 weeks ago from inner ear inflammation. How long can it take for vertigo to go away? I'm better than 1 week ago & balance is better

Got vertigo about 2 weeks ago from inner ear inflammation. How long can it take for vertigo to go away? I'm better than 1 week ago & balance is better

Two weeks: Irritation of the balance system will result in vertigo, nausea, even vomiting with balance problems. The system needs time to recover and re-regulate. This usually takes about 10 days to two weeks. Medications may make recovery faster, but some make it slower and cause persistent symptoms. Rest and good health habits improve rate of recovery. ...Read more

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Could you get an inner ear inflammation from an environmental allergy?

Could you get an inner ear inflammation from an environmental allergy?

Not Likely: Seasonal allergies present with symptoms including congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). Ear symptoms often include a feeling of fullness or pressure. Actual inflammation of ears is not likely related ...Read more

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I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture. I appear to get water behind my eardrum. Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture.  I appear to get water behind my eardrum.  Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

Ear Irritation: Greetings, has a doctor told you that you have fluid behind your eardrum? It may feel like water is behind but it could be pressure changes you are sensing. Outer ear infection toons are often called swimmers ear because they are linked to water exposure. The only way to know for sure if a hole exists is to see your ENT doctor. Use a hair dryer on low and aim into your ear to dry moisture daily. ...Read more

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Hi, I went to the doctor because my ear was hurting and a lot of wax was coming out and it's stinks but the doctor said its not inflammation and it's been happening for over a month now what do you think it is?

Hi, I went to the doctor because my ear was hurting and a lot of wax was coming out and it's stinks  but the doctor said its not inflammation and it's been happening for over a month now what do you think it is?

Otitis externa: This could be due to some impacted cerumen up against the ear drum, or there could be an infection of the external ear canal that could require antibacterial,antiyeast, corticosteroid ear drops. An otolaryngologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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An ER doc gave me benzocaine/antipyrine ear drops yesterday. He said there was no inflammation or obstruction. Still have pain over 24 hours later.

An ER doc gave me benzocaine/antipyrine ear drops yesterday. He said there was no inflammation or obstruction. Still have pain over 24 hours later.

You need: a more "expert" evaluation by an EAR NOSE THROAT Specialist..the drops the ER Doc gave you are a local ANESTHETIC meant to "numb" the pain not TREAT the possible REASONS for the pain! IN NYC a number of sources of such expertise are available.EG 993 Park Avenue ENT Practise! Hope this helps! Dr Z Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Inflammation inner ear giving 6 day 4mg medrol dose pack took 4 of 6 first day and stopped bad side effects will i be ok stopping early been28 hours?

Inflammation inner ear giving 6 day 4mg medrol dose pack took 4 of 6 first day and stopped bad side effects will i be ok stopping early been28 hours?

Call doctor: High dose of steroid may induce side effects (insomnia, GI upset, anxiety etc). The question is whether without it you may end up with permanent damages. Thus you need to contact the doctor to tell him about the side effects and see if there may be alternatives. ...Read more

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Can nodes swell due to inflammation only or does it have to be from infection or cancer?Can feel 1 in front of ear.Have 2 bumps in hairline.Don't hurt

Can nodes swell due to inflammation only or does it have to be from infection or cancer?Can feel 1 in front of ear.Have 2 bumps in hairline.Don't hurt

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Cancer at your age would be unusual, but not impossible. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure. ...Read more

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Mum suffering from diziness, ear pain(long term, not persistant,like electricity).No inflammation.No ear discharge.

Mum suffering from diziness, ear pain(long term, not persistant,like electricity).No inflammation.No ear discharge.

Dizziness: One of the most common causes for dizziness is "Vestibular" Issues caused by some 'inner-ear' dysfunction. Have your mum see the Doctor for her dizziness, so she can be diagnosed and treated. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more