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How Long Does Fatigue Associated With Acute Otitis Media Last
Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine. ...Read more
What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold I had last week, I went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge
You: You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. ...Read more
OTITIS MEDIA is-: Middle ear infection. Bacteria enters from upper respiratory tract/nose thru the eustacian tube. As middle ear is a close empty cavity, bacteria grows easily. Treatment is antibiotic for about 10 days which is a prescription med. For relief of pain, take Ibuprofen as per weight. Keep nose clean, drink enough water. Make appointment with your primary care doc. For an exam and treatment. ...Read more
OTITIS MEDIA- CAUSES:
Bacteria: strep pneumoniae (came down from 50% to 34% due to pcv vaccine); hemophilus influenzae (nontypable); moraxella catarrhalis; staphylococcus aureus; group a strep; mycoplasma (rarely).
Viruses: rsv; influenza; adenoviurses.
Fungal: less common, seen in immuno-compromized persons, e.g. Candida, aspergilla. ...Read more
Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help. Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help. However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. Infants should see their doc. ...Read more
Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks
?? Dangerous??: I would consider it unusual and a nuisance but not dangerous. If it led to a perforated ear drum, those do take much longer to heal and may require surgery. Adults who get acute otitis generally did so as kids, and many have allergic and or sinus issues that predispose to the problem. I can't buy a cancer or immune defect as a significant factor. ...Read more
Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?
Middle ear infection:
"acute" = recent onset.
"otitis" = ear infection.
"media" = the middle ear space, the space behind the ear drum but before the inner ear area. (inner ear are is the area that effects balance.)
acute otitis media is the common term docs use for a middle ear infection which is often a complication form a cold, smoke exposure, allergies - anything that can cause congestion in the upper airways. ...Read more
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval. If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more
What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo
Otitis media: Pop your ears on a regular basis 30 or 40 times a day. This is about all you can do. If your doctor gave you a decongestant then take it. You can try pseudo-fed as well. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more
Comgestion: You should see your doctor for treatment with an appropriate antibiotic, if necessary. There are other combinations of rx like nasal decongestant sprays, oral decongestants, nasal steroids, mucolytics like guaifenesin, ; sometimes oral steroids are necessary to alleviate sinus and eustachian tube congestion. You may need to see an ENT md to help. ...Read more
I have acute otitis media as well as eustachian tube dysfunction and have noticed a painful swollen area behind my ear...Is this normal? What can help
Possible lymph node: If it a small pea to marble sized lump, it is likely a lymph node that has become swollen in response to the infection. Motrin should help and it should resolve as the infection resolves. If the whole area is swollen, you should see your doctor as this may represent a very rare, but possibly dangerous complication of an ear infection - mastoiditis. ...Read more
Depends: If evaluated by a dr. And a history and physical exam is performed with a visual inspection of you ears, a diagnosis can be forthcoming regarding whether it is viral or bacterial. Bacterial would require antibiotics, whereas a viral infection would require more supportive care of the symptoms (nsaids, ant-pyretics, etc.). ...Read more
Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked. ...Read more
How long does ringing in ears last after serous otitis media has cleared? I still have ringing after almost all of the fluid is gone, a little worried
Timnitis: It does not seem to be the case. Either serous otitis not resolved completely or some other pathology. See a ENT specialist. ...Read more
Acute vs. Chronic: Acute otitis media is an acute illness with findings of inflammation of the mucosa of the middle ear as well as middle ear fluid. Chronic otitis media is diagnosed when there is a tympanic membrane perforation in the setting of chronic or recurrent ear infections, i.e. chronic purulent ear drainage despite appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?
See Your Doctor: Fluid behind the eardrum can persist for 6 to 12 weeks in many patients; is usually self-limited. A watchful waiting approach is all that is necessary for most. Nasal Steroid sprays may be beneficial in speeding up the process in some cases. If resolution does not occur, then referral to an ENT specialist for drainage and tube placement may be necessary. See your doctor for follow-up and treatment plan. ...Read more
7-10 days: Most cases of otitis media resolve with antibiotics within 7-10 days, but fluid may last up to 1 month. Hearing loss usually accompanies this diagnosis, so if your hearing is down in the affected ear, your diagnosis is probably accurate. Try decongestants and popping your ears to clear the fluid faster and finish your antibiotics. ...Read more
Depends on the adult: Most infections resolve in 10 days. Sometimes fluid behind the eardrum can last a few weeks. Chiropractic and craniosacral therapy can help clear that. ...Read more
Do I need to report otitis media as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?
Went to doctors and have had otitis media with effusion for 2 weeks and going. How long can it take for ears to not feel full and fluid to drain?
2-4 weeks: After appropriate treatment is the general time frame for resolution. ...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
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