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Flying With An Ear Infection Adults
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
Could be a problem: Really need to see an ENT to help understand this issue. ...Read more
How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must i run to the dr?
Depends: Some ear infections are viral ; self heal in a few days, some are caused by nasty pus creating germs that will eat away at the ear ; cause problems if untreated. A good dr will treat the later aggressively, and watch the first, which could become bacterial later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more
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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
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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