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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds ( upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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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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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

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What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

Multiple: Just to name a few: attending daycare, exposure to tobacco smoke, cleft palate, positive family history, ciliary dysfunction, immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections worse for children and the elderly

Are bacterial infections worse for children and the elderly

Yes, at extreme ages: Very young patients and very old patients both have trouble fighting off infections, for various reasons. That means their doctors prefer to do more tests, do tests sooner, and get treatment started earlier, so that infections have less of a chance to "take hold and spread". ...Read more

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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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Why are young children prone to ear infections?

Why are young children prone to ear infections?

several factors: Young children have less developed immune systems and the eustachian tube that allows fluid to drain from the middle ears is smaller and more horizontal, so it does not function as well. Young children also are exposed to other children with illnesses and are notorious for not having good hand hygiene and thus transmit illnesses more readily. ...Read more

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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Yes it can: Need to plug your ear on the perforated side till seen by ENT, to decide whether surgery is needed to graft the drum, wax plugs sre available, different treatment options and at times antibiotic ear drops adminstered prophylactically, ENT evaluation and follow up are needed ...Read more

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What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many: If you are getting recurrent infection, it could be due to not treating it completely, nasal allergy can also give recurrent ear infection, or it could be due to anatomical abnormality of your ear canal. ...Read more

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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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Urinary frequent accidents and "potty pain" due to infection in elders?

Urinary frequent accidents and "potty pain" due to infection in elders?

Treat the infection: If an elderly person is having accidents and pain with urination get them treated right away. Some elderly people need to be on daily antibiotics to keep infections away. ...Read more

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Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Do ear infections  cause a smell in ears?

Ear infections smell: If you have a fungal or (rare) pseudomonas external ear infection or a middle ear infection with draining of pus into the canal, the material may cause a smell to emanate from the ear. I would have a local ENT look in your ear and possibly clean out your ear(s). You may need to be on antibiotic or antifungal drops. ...Read more

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Do tubes in ears treat recurring ear infections?

Do tubes in ears treat recurring ear infections?

Myringotomy tubes: do not 'treat' ear infections per se, but prevent fluid from building up in the middle ear space where infections occur. In this sense, they are more preventative and reduce the number of infections that require treatment with oral antibiotics, prevent hearing loss and support speech development. ...Read more

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Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Can be: The elderly, due to diminished immune function, can react more severely to all infections, including e. Coli infections. This is also true with colds, flu's, influenza, etc. When the elderly (or very young) get sick, be more diligent in getting them to the doctor. ...Read more

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Are urinary tract infections in adults very contagious?

Are urinary tract infections in adults very contagious?

No: They are not contagious unless the UTI is tuberculosis or a parasite both of which are extremely rare in the US. ...Read more

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Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead ?

Pain threshold: Sometimes otitis develops slowly and people do not feel pain. But otitis is inflammation and fluid behind the ear drum and cause mechanical obstruction of the eardrums natural movement...And this can lead to the ringing on the ears. ...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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Ear Infection (Definition)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more