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How To Tell If You Have An Inner Ear Infection
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
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
Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?
Otitis media?: Part 1: inflammation and fluid collecting behind the ear drum (this is actually is the "middle ear" area) is "otitis media". This usually happens when one has a cold or respiratory infection (many times caused by viruses) where the eustacian tube, the opening that allows for fluid to drain from the middle ear into the throat, is closed up (or else an infection travel into the middle ear). ...Read more
Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection which is usually painful can spread to inner ear. Otitis media may not have pain and only manifest with fluid behind drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 1-2 months then see ENT especially if only 1 ear. ...Read more
I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so I can sleep and lay back?
Types Ear infection: 3 types of ear infections: outer, middle &inner. Inner ear infection involves the balance system and people get very dizzy. Outer ear infection involves the outer ear and ear canal. It can be very painful. There is usually swelling and drainage of the ear. Middle ear involves the ear drum and middle ear space. There is pain, muffled hearing etc. For pain: advil, (ibuprofen) or tylenol+warm compress. ...Read more
Could I have an inner ear infection if I get pain in my lower jaw when biting down? The pain occurs between the ear and jaw.
Jaw pain: 30 year old male with pain in his jaw/ear. It is probably a referred pain and may be because of a tooth abscess or temperomandibular joint dysfunction. It is many times associated with the cervical spine (neck). Can also be an indication of grinding of teeth at night. You may consider going to a dentist or chiropractor. ...Read more
Is it possible to have an inner ear infection and the pain only be a mild burning sensation in ear and neck? Going on 5 days and the pain is the same.
Sure: Certain low grade infections, including viruses the body may be trying to fight off, may produce mild symptoms that last for several days. ...Read more
I'm pretty sure I have an inner ear infection, I have cipro (ciprofloxacin) drops that are 2 years old, will they still work?
Hard to say: Definitions matter to us, and an inner ear infection involves the ear nerve, is generally viral and has no treatment. A middle ear infection (the common type) does not respond to drops unless you have a hole or tube in your ear drum. Outer canal infections (swimmers ear) can sometimes respond to drops unless there is too much debris in the way. The date on the drug matters less than what you have. ...Read more
I think I have an inner ear infection. When I move my head I get dizzy light headed. Can I dr this at home? Or need antibotics. Antivert (meclizine) maybe?
Trial of antivert (meclizine): Try Antivert (meclizine) and if not resolving see your doctor. ...Read more
Why do I feel like I have vertigo? It feels like I have sea legs. Or im descending in a airplane. I don't really get dizzy, but could this mean I have an inner ear infection?
Could be, but. ..: Your symptoms do suggest inner ear as a likely generator of your symptoms, but many different causes exist, ranging from benign crystals in the inner ear to migraines to infections, with strokes or tumors being very rare but would be considered and checked out by your dr. You should start by seeing your doctor who will ask additional questions and order tests if needed to figure it out. ...Read more
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Depends what you mean by 'inner' ear infection. A middle ear infection usually drains down the Eustachian tube into the back of throat or drains through a ruptured ear drum due to pressure, and hole in drum then usually heals.
A real 'inner' ear infection is called 'labrynthitis' or 'vestibular neuritis' and is usually inflammatory or post-viral rather than infectious, so resolves usually. ...Read more
Inner ear infections: Anatomically ear is divided into external ear, middle ear (consisting of ossicles), inner ear (consisting of cochlea, vestibular apparatus) when you are asking about inner ear I am assuming you are asking about the middle ear (infections may be bacterial or fungal most often). These infections can be cured with antibiotics, or antifungals- rarely surgery. ...Read more
Not long.: If the ear infection is treated with an antibiotic, which is usually but not always the case, it should improve in 1-3 days. If it hasn't, call your doctor, since it may be necessary to look again. And determine if the antibiotic should be changed. There are circumstances in which a doctor may choose watchful waiting rather than an antibiotic, then the ear should be rechecked within several days. ...Read more
Otitis media?: Do you mean an infection behind the eardrum, often called otitis media? A true "inner ear" infection is rare and serious. It involves the labyrinth/cochlea which is the sensory organ that transduces sound into electrical signals transmitted to your brain. Otitis media will often resolve quickly with antibiotics. ...Read more
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Inner?: Most ear infections are not inner ear but middle and external. Symptoms are from laberynthitis like vertigo, nausea, loss of balance, headache, tinnitus etc. Most common is a viral infection. Treatment can be antivert, phenergan, (promethazine) ativan, steroids, antiviral etc. You need to see a physician soon during the acute phase. ...Read more
Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more
Sure: An inner ear infection can also cause inflammation of the semi-circular canals (the parts of the inner ear that sense your position in space). Once these get irritated, you can get dizzy. This can also affect how well you sleep. Rest, move slowly and return to see your physician if things are not improving in the next 2-3 days. Feel better! ...Read more
The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...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