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Doctor insights on: Herbal Treatment For Frequent Ear Infections

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Help! what can be causing frequent ear infections?

Help! what can be causing frequent ear infections?

Allergy/Smoking/inf: Frequent ear infections can be due to enlarged adenoids, swollen/blocked eustacian tubes often caused by allergy and smoking., and repeated exposure to infections at home or at work or in case young children in school.And in some cases partially treated infections may keep coming back other rare causes may be immunity problems when it will be associated with other infections. ...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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Please tell me can frequent ear infections be hereditary?

Please tell me can frequent ear infections be hereditary?

Not really: Ear infections are caused by bacteria. However, some families probably have a tendency to have eustacian tube dysfunction, which makes fluid in the middle ear space more common, providing a better place for bacteria to grow. ...Read more

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I have been getting frequent ear infections due to sinus problems. What's the best way to prevent these if your tubes don't drain right?

I have been getting frequent ear infections due to sinus problems. What's the best way to prevent these if your tubes don't drain right?

Otitis; sinusitis: What tubes do you mean? Tympanostomy tubes to drain fluid from middle ear, or the eustachian tubes? For t-tubes, consult with pcp/ent. Eustachian tubes may be inflammed & swollen shut; so antiinflammatory NSAID should help as well as decongestant (not antihistamine) like sudafed.. Avoid smoking or 2nd-hand smoke, allergens. Ent may have other options for opening eustachian tubes. ...Read more

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My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

Yes: Make sure that you are avoiding any smoke exposure as this is a risk factor for ear infections. Also, babies who drink milk laying down rather than upright may be at higher risk. Prolonged pacifier use may be linked to ear infections. And lastly, daycare attendance or exposure to many other sick children with upper respiratory infections in the first couple of years of life may increase the risk. ...Read more

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My 9 month old girl gets frequent ear infections, what do I do to prevent them from coming?

Talk to your doc: Risk factors for ear infections include daycare, bottle feeding, bottle propping, smoke exposure, just to name a few. If there is nothing in your child's history or environment that can be changed (such as being in daycare or being bottle fed) then your child might need tubes. ...Read more

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Is chiropractic care appropriate for a 5 and 2 year old? Can it help to resolve frequent ear infections in the older child? What are risk/benefits?

Is chiropractic care appropriate for a 5 and 2 year old? Can it help to resolve frequent ear infections in the older child? What are risk/benefits?

No: Chiropractic is not usually recommended for young children and can not treat infections. Young children are growing and developing and may be seriously injured by manipulations designed for adults. Most chiropractors do not have specialized training in pediatrics. I would recommend seeing your pediatrician and getting appropriate treatment for the ear infections. ...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

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 frequent ear infections?

What could cause frequent ear infections?

Many causes!: Ear infections can be caused by viral colds or spread from infections in the eyes or sinuses. Also associated with second-hand smoke exposure. Some children are much more prone to frequent infections than others. This can be a result of inherited ear anatomy or differences in immune function. Most often, children grow out of the frequent ear infections with time. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What could be a cause of frequent ear infections?

What could be a cause of frequent ear infections?

Ear infections: You may also be getting frequent colds or sinus infections that may precipitating ear infections. You may need antibiotics or if you have serous otitis media you may need to have tubes placed. You may have cholesteotoma.See your ENT doctor. ...Read more

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

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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Frequent ear infections get more painful as i grow older, aren't they supposed to get better?

Frequent ear infections get more painful as i grow older, aren't they supposed to get better?

Ear Infections Worse: Typically they do get less frequent as you get older. If they are becoming more common, then you may have something else, like ear canal (not middle ear) infections. It sounds like you should be evaluated by an ENT doc. ...Read more

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My daughter has has frequent ear infections in the past but hasn't had any in the last few months. Our GP and an ENT recommended inserting grommets. Since she hasn't had an ear infection over the last few months, is this still necessary?

My daughter has has frequent ear infections in the past but hasn't had any in the last few months. Our GP and an ENT recommended inserting grommets. Since she hasn't had an ear infection over the last few months, is this still necessary?

Depends: The need for tubes will vary with the frequency and intensity of symptoms when ear infections occur. If she is growing out of this tendency it might be avoided. It is not uncommon for kids to stop in late spring or summer, but in the fall, URI's become common & they may return. You can hold the procedure until you see if this will be the case. Head growth is the best aid for recurrent infections. ...Read more

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I had tubes put in my ears when I was 4 due to frequent ear infections. Issue was fixed after that. When I was 14 I got an ear infection and the doctor said my right tube was still in. He took it out and soon after I felt a pressure imbalance. Now my ear

I had tubes put in my ears when I was 4 due to frequent ear infections. Issue was fixed after that. When I was 14 I got an ear infection and the doctor said my right tube was still in. He took it out and soon after I felt a pressure imbalance. Now my ear

ENT: Have another ENT assessment, to determine whether you still need tubes. Having a tube in place for so long will often lead to a perforation or hole in the ear drum that doesn't heal. In your case your Eustachian tube may not be functioning making it difficult for your middle ear to breathe or ventilate.All the best. ...Read more

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I have ear infection, now can't hear from the ear, what to do for treatment?

Should self heal: A transient loss of hearing of about 50% is common during ear infection due to fluid debris in the ear space.As this heals over weeks, the hearing usually returns to prior levels. ...Read more

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Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will i get meningitis from this ear infection if i hadn't have treated it?

Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will i get meningitis from this ear infection if i hadn't have treated it?

Unlikely....: ...But possible. It is more likely, if the infection spreads beyond your ear, that it will go into the mastoid bone located right behind your ear. Even this, though, won't happen most of the time. Ear infections are treated to reduce pain and protect hearing. ...Read more

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Difference between an ear infection treatment and ototoxicity?

Difference between an ear infection treatment and ototoxicity?

Definition : Ototoxicity refers to medicine or other treatments or measures causing damage to the ear inadvertently. Ear infection treatment is designed to help the ear causing improvement in symptoms of infection or pain. We say that certain medicines that treat cancer or certain antibiotics may be ototoxic. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Infection (Definition)

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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