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How Can I Know If My Child Has An Ear Infection
You can't: Short answer: you can't. If they complain of pain, it is possible, but even that might be misleading. (it might be from something else and just feels like it is from their ear.) ear infections don't always need treated, either. Sometimes, you're actually better off waiting as it might do just fine without an antibiotic. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked; we'll talk about options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Examine the eardrum: The hallmark of an acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media, or aom) is sudden onset of pain in the ear, sometimes with a fever or stuffy nose. The pain tends to be worse during the night hours and while lying down. In babies, the first sign may be obviously worse sleep. Your doctor can examine the ear and tell you if your baby has the fluid and redness in the ear that signal an infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most ent's would prefer to have an angry active infection treated for a while to calm it down before putting in tubes. It is also quite difficult to do if the ear infection has produced a hole in the ear drum where the tube is supposed to go. All these issues are best analysed by the doc considering the procedure. Sometimes, the operation can proceed as scheduled. ...Read more
See a doctor: Only a physician can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics after taking your mother's medical history and examining her. ...Read more
Someone looks: While there are a number of symptoms associated with ear infections - rubbing/pulling at ears, poor sleep, fussiness, fever, etc. - there is really only one way to tell if the baby has an infection. That is to look in the middle ear with an otoscope and see if there is a red, bulging tm and cloudy fluid behind the ear drum. All other ways are just guessing and are not the accurate way of looking. ...Read more
Ear infection: Classic symptoms: ear pain or ear fullness, decreased or muffled hearing in one ear, drainage from ear canal, or exquisite tenderness of the ear to touch or tugging the ear. Ear infections are either middle ear (nontender to pulling) or external ear (very tender to pulling). ...Read more
I have hsv and I just got a could if I lick Someone ear can I give it to them says he got ear infection can that give that to him he has a fever?
Oral herpes: Oral herpes is not often transmitted unless there is an obvious cold sore outbreak. It can happen, but uncommonly. Also, saliva alone is not very likely to transmit, and so you are unlikely to infect someone by licking their ear (or licking anywhere else). But avoid intimate contact like kissing or giving someone oral sex whenever you're having an outbreak. ...Read more
Possible: Depending on where the pain is, it is very possible that an infection could be caused from a tooth. Sometimes a sinus infection can mimic a toothache, but a proper exam and radiograph would be needed to correctly diagnose and treat the source and cause of your infection. Keep smiling ! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 year son has an ear infection. They purged the ears but he doesn't seam to get better. What should I do? Thank you
Antibiotics: I am not sure what you mean by purging ears - cleaning? Tubes? If he has not been treated with antibiotics, it may time to do so. If he had one antibiotic that proved ineffective, then he may need another. There are resistant infections that require a more potent antibiotic than just regular first line choice such as amoxicillin. If antibiotic is ineffective, other causes should be explored (funga. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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