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Doctor insights on: Flying With A Middle Ear Infection

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Please tell me if you can fly with a middle ear infection?

Please tell me if you can fly with a middle ear infection?

No.: There is pus in the middle ear, the eardrum is stretched tight. Pressure changes from flying may cause excruciating pain and potential rupture. Flight attendant patient told me they don't let her (nor pilots) work when they have ear or sinus infections. I caught a sinus infection on travel once, ear pain was unbearable, almost made a grown woman cry. ...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 I flush a middle ear infection?

Could I flush a middle ear infection?

No: These structures are not set up to permit such a treatment. The only point where the middle ear has an opening is buried in the back of your throat. ...Read more

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Best way to treat a middle ear infection?

Best way to treat a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus.
If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

Variable: The middle ear is the space behind the ear drum. Symptoms could include pain, pressure, hearing loss, drainage, dizziness, ringing noise. If suspected, get it checked out. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

Infection: An ear infection is when bacteria or viral bugs get into the spaces of your ear causing swelling and infection. This can affect hearing or cause pain. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a middle ear infection?

What can I do if I have a middle ear infection?

Several choices: Some of these are viral and subside in a few days. Some are bacterial and may self heal in 6-12 weeks, but would likely remain painful & could lead to complications. You could continue to self assess and self treat or have a health care provider confirm your suspicions and initiate treatment. ...Read more

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Could you have a middle ear infection without pain?

Maybe: Pain from a middle ear infection often comes from excessive pressure in the ear. If you have a hole in the eardrum you likely wouldn't have pain because the pressure can't build up, but you would likely have a significant amount of drainage from the ear in that case. With a cold you can have a noninfected effusion in the middle ear and these may not be painful (though you can have hearing loss). ...Read more

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Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Otitis media: When you have a "cold", which is a viral URI, there is swelling of the tissues in the back of the throat. This can create partial obstruction of the eustacian tube (from the middle ear to the lateral throat) and this can lead to ear infection. ...Read more

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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

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How many days csn it take to clear up a middle ear infection?

How many days csn it take to clear up a middle ear infection?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. If the infection ; muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed ; ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Confusing question: This is a completely treatable condition. Have it verified by a doctor and treated. Complete recovery is the standard outcome. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Ear infection: See your doctor for evaluation and treatment of your bilateral ear infection. Amoxicillen is usually the drug of choice. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from a middle ear infection? I've been prescribed meds and I follow up Friday but I need to relieve pain until then. : (

How can I relieve pain from a middle ear infection? I've been prescribed meds and I follow up Friday but I need to relieve pain until then. : (

Auralgan (benzocaine and antipyrine): If there is no perforation in the TM you can use Antipyrine-Benzocaine drops every 2-3 hrs for relief. You can also try motrin. Another treatment could be a cotton ball with olive oil in the ear. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a middle ear infection?

What are the treatments for a middle ear infection?

Ear infection: Treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) will depend on age. Adults may not take antibiotics if the earache disappears in a few days. Children less than 5 years old usually need antibiotics, especially younger than 2 years old. Over 5 years, treat the same as adults. Analgesic ear drops or oral equivalents can be used to ease the pain. ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection, being treated, but my ear keeps popping and paining me?

I have a middle ear infection, being treated, but my ear keeps popping and paining me?

Yes: Unfortunately that's your eustachian tube opening and closing. There are anesthetic ear drops that can be prescribed, or you can try a heated towel over your ear and see if that helps. Oral pain medicine like Motrin might also be helpful. ...Read more

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Will a middle ear infection affect my singing voice?

Usually not: Ear infections usually only affect the ear not the voice. Sometime though the same viral illness can affect more than one area of the body. That is why someone can have for example an ear infection runny nose and diarrhea. ...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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Can someone tell me how long will dizziness last for with a middle ear infection?

Can someone tell me how long will dizziness last for with a middle ear infection?

Varies: The dizziness might last for a week or so, but could last several weeks. It might be related to other factors besides the ear infection. Much more information is needed to best answer this. You should see your doctor and better assess this problem. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Will tinnitus that began with a middle ear infection eventually go away?

Will tinnitus that began with a middle ear infection eventually go away?

Yes it should but: There are many reasons for Tinnitus and you will need to followup with an ENT Tinnitus specialist if it does not. You need a decongestant now to let the swelling go down. Please discuss this with your physicians and seen an ENT physician if it does not clear ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could smoking weed make a middle ear infection worse?

Expert opinion please: could smoking weed make a middle ear infection worse?

Maybe: While we don't have as much research on marijuana, we do know that tobacco smoke interferes with the function of the little hairs that clear mucus from the ears, nose, windpipe and lungs. This is why those people are always coughing up junk.
Also, watch out for the lawman since, unless you have a prescription and are in one of certain states, you can get bigger troubles than an ear infection... ...Read more

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Does your ear start popping at the end of a flight with a middle ear infection?

Does your ear start popping at the end of a flight with a middle ear infection?

Ear should pop norml: As you ascend in a pressurized aircraft, some air is likely pushed out of your normal middle ear down your eustachian tube. As you descend & land, the reverse process tries to occur & you may yawn or chew & notice your ear popping. If you have a middle ear infection the fluid in the ear does not compress & you are not likely to have any noticeable popping. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Middle ear infection: A middle ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss but I have not come across any article linking it with loss of taste or smell. Just pose your question again to see if other doctors have seen that association. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Ear infection cannot: ...Cause loss of smell or taste - but ear infections are usually complications of nasal problems which obviously can. ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection, my ears are starting to pop a little. What does this mean?

Possibly improving: Your question suggests that you have been seen and diagnosed with a middle ear infection. If so, now that you have noticed some popping, you may be recovering. The popping could be air entering the middle ear space which was likely full of fluid. This may be a sign of improvement. ...Read more

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'm scared my right ear is trying to develop a middle ear infection. Is it okay to use the drops in that ear?

'm scared my right ear is trying to develop a middle ear infection. Is it okay to use the drops in that ear?

Ear drops: If you think you might have a middle ear infection, drops will generally not be effective because they won't get through the ear drum unless you have a tube in your ear drum or a perforation of the ear drum. Neither of which would be expected or common for someone your age. Middle ear infections usually require oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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With a middle ear infection how long does it take for the swelling on the side of my face to subside? Had it for 4 days now

It's not middle ear: Middle ear infections don't cause facial swelling. You may have an outer ear canal
infection called swimmers ear or external otitis. See an ENT doctor now. ...Read more

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I got a middle ear infection. Should I go to the docotors to get the ear drops? Or can I go to the pharmcy and get it myself?

Go to doctor: If you have a middle ear infection, which become less common as you approach adulthood, then ear drops will not resolve the infection. With a middle ear infection the problem is behind the ear drum and unless you have a hole the drops will not and usually should not get in there. There are drops to numb the ear drum otc but drops to treat external infections are rx only and need exam to tell. ...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