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How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

To determine: type of ear infection - recommend medical evaluation. It isn't something that you would automatically be able to self diagnose by listing sx's. Take care ...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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How can I tell if I have a regular ear infection or labyrinthitis?

How can I tell if I have a regular ear infection or labyrinthitis?

Ear infection: I hope I am understanding your question correctly. When you say regular ear infection, i think you are saying otitis media or infection of the middle ear. This generally causes ear pain, sometimes ear drainage, hearing loss, fever. When someone has labyrinthitis, the infection is now involving the inner ear affecting the balance canals and the cochlea. This will usually cause severe dizziness. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell if I have an ear infection?

How would i be able to tell if I have an ear infection?

Ear Infection: You may have severe ear pain, but it may be caused by an ear infection, sinusitis, TMJ disease or any other cause. Please see your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if I have an ear infection?

Can you tell me how I could tell if I have an ear infection?

Examination: An ear infection may cause fullness in the ear, pain or decreased hearing in the ear. There may be a discharge form the ear canal. It may also cause swelling around the lymph nodes in the neck. There may be a fever or referred pain to another part of the head. ...Read more

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My inner ear hurts - how do I tell if I have an ear infection?

My inner ear hurts - how do I tell if I have an ear infection?

Probably middle ear : The inner ear (near the brain) is not likely the source of pain. It's probably external or middle ear. Infection of middle ear would always cause a significant drop in hearing with it. External infection would cause swelling of canal with pain and possible drainage. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell if u have an ear infection?

Pain: Ear canal infection results in pain and wetness/drainage from the ear. When it affects your middle ear, it produces pain, pressure and hearing loss. ...Read more

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How can a doctor tell if you have an ear infection or not?

Exam: The presence of puss filled fluid on the inside of an ear drum is visible confirmation of a middle ear infection.A patient may or may not have fever or localized pain. Their may be a history of a preceding upper respiratory infection.Outer canal infections caused by over hydration, fungi or bacteria are evident on exam but often have a normal looking ear drum. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

Infections: It is not easy to be sure if you have a sinus infection but some of the symptoms are stuffiness, pressure over your sinuses, head ache and a lengthy persistence of the symptoms. Ear infections often hurt and often cause a decrease in you hearing . To be sure and treat it properly go see you doctor. ...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 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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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