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How Does An Ear Infection Start
Depends: Most ear infections can be caused by viruses but if your child has high fever and ear pain then bacteria can play a role. Ear infections caused by bacteria are usually treated for 7-10days with antibiotics. However, fluid behind the ear drum can last weeks to months once the ear infection is treated. ...Read more
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
Depends on type: A middle ear infection will usually feel better after 48 to 72 hours on an oral antibiotic, but it is important to complete the course of antibiotics prescribed. An external ear infection (swimmer's ear) will also feel better after 48-72 hours, but is treated with antibiotic drops. Meanwhile, for either, use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain. ...Read more
Not typically: Middle ear infections don't typically hurt the outside of the ear, known as the pinna. External ear infections, or otitis externa might hurt the pinna. ...Read more
Does an ear infection cause ear thermometers to show higher temperature compared to the rectal temperature?
Similar timing!: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating sinus congestion may help overall discomfort and pain from that pressure. ...Read more
Ear infections commonly come with colds, which can have stuffy/runny nose and make it hard for you to breathe through your nose.
However, if you have a tendency for asthma and/or allergies, both of these can also occur with ear infections and both can affect breathing.
If you are having problems breathing, see a doctor. ...Read more
Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube. Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent. (tubes). ...Read more
How long does an ear infection last and/or does it go away on its own? My left ear/left side of my face has been hurting for at least two weeks.
Does an ear infection cause a runny nose and chesty cough trying to get mucus off the chest? Chest clear, throat fine.
No--however: This pattern of symptoms/problems are often linked to a triggering virus. The virus moves into the airway and structures of the head and causes an accumulation of fluid behind the eardrum. Germs invade the ear through the drainage tube to the throat (Eustachian tube) causing a bacterial middle ear infection as a secondary event. The extra symptoms result from viral irritation to the airways. ...Read more
Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more
Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is behind your ear drum, you need oral antibiotics. If you have chronic ear infections that persist despite antibiotics, you need surgery. The process of treatment begins with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more
Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...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
Treat the infection: Infection of the outer ear canal (otitis externa), typically is itchy or painful, discharge from the ear often; treatment ear drops with an antibiotic and some topical cortisone. An inner ear infection (otitis media) generally is more painful and is pus trapped behind the eardrum (often coming from a sinus infection) and requires an oral antibiotic. If it is truly an infection, rx requires a doc. ...Read more
Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more
In most cases it should be fine... But:
if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming.
If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting.
If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more
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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