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How common is an ear infection with the common cold?

How common is an ear infection with the common cold?

It depends: It really depends on many factors. It is more common in children because of the anatomic "immaturity" of the eustachian tube... More flat vs vertical and less likely to open when swallowing. Further, in children the adenoid promotes bacterial growth that can propagate an ear infection via the eustachian tube. ...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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Bacterial infection/common cold? How do you know? I go to the dr's tomorrow for my cold and ears. Been sick for week now. No fever at all thru cold

Bacterial infection/common cold? How do you know? I go to the dr's tomorrow for my cold and ears. Been sick for week now. No fever at all thru cold

Culture: Culturing any nasal discharge &/or throat swabs will help identify if it is bacterial as well as a strep screen and gram stain. If all negative usually viral, . ...Read more

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What could I do to cure a cold and ear infection ?

What could I do to cure a cold and ear infection ?

Ear Infection: See your primary care physician to determine your actual diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why do I end up getting an ear infection everytime I catch a cold?

Why do I end up getting an ear infection everytime I catch a cold?

Maybe you don't: You may not always have an ear infection. You may just have clogged eustachian tubes, which makes you feel like your ears are infected. This is common with colds, and can often be treated with decongestants. ...Read more

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What is ear infection and fever have in common?

What is ear infection and fever have in common?

Same time: Ear infection can cause fever. Fever does not cause ear infections. Fever is a symptom of infection, including ear infection. ...Read more

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What to do if i need a natural cure inner ear infection due to a cold?

What to do if i need a natural cure inner ear infection due to a cold?

Vertigo: Adequate sleep and rest, walking excercise (use a cane or walking stick if needed) 15 minutes/day. You can also take otc cold medication for cold symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you have an ear infection without fluid in the ear? Ear hurting for a week and I don't have a cold.

Can you have an ear infection without fluid in the ear?  Ear hurting for a week and I don't have a cold.

Yes, you can have an: inflamed eardrum without fluid behind the eardrum, which could signify infection. You also could have ear pain from a swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, which is an infection of the ear canal from water being in the canal and making a good environment for bacteria or fungus to grow. Those are quite painful and are treated with prescription ear drops. Please see your doctor for diagnosis. ...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. Mark Ingerman
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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