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I think that I have a ear infection due to pain. Am I right?

I think that I have a ear infection due to pain.  Am I right?

Maybe: Ear pain is one of the criteria needed to make a diagnosis of an ear infection. The pain is often continual and moderately severe, unlike the ear pain associated with congestion, which is not as severe, intermittent and the affected person often describes muffled sounds and a popping sensation in the ear. The only only way to definitively make the diagnosis is for a medical professional to look. ...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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I think that I have a ear infection in my right ear? Do I need drops or pills?

I think that I have a ear infection in my right ear? Do I need drops or pills?

Needs examination: Ear infections of the ear cana are usually treated with ear drops. Ear infections behind the ear drum usually require oral antibiotics. Need examination to determine type of infection if present. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection been on meds for 5 days and my lower back started to hurt . what do think this could be?

I have a ear infection been on meds  for 5 days and my lower back started to hurt . what do think this could be?

Likely unrelated: .I don't see a connection between the two, other than when one is feeling sick, sometimes the body feels achy all over, and it seems to esp. hit the lower back. Alternatively, some antibiotics can cause diarrhea or gas pains, and that can occasionally cause referred pain to the back. ...Read more

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Do I have a ear infection if I have swimmers' ear?

Do I have a ear infection if I have swimmers' ear?

See physician: Swimmer's ear is usually a bacterial infection of the skin of the ear canal. It is usually painful and is treated with antibiotic ear drops and cleaning of the ear canal. Early treatment is easier than when the ear canal skin is swollen. ...Read more

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Numb feeling on face went to ERnwas told I have a ear infection ?

Numb feeling on face went to ERnwas told I have a ear infection ?

Numbness on face: That story implies that your fifth cranial nerve is contributing to your problem. Maybe some swelling on that side of your face. Maybe a Bell's palsy. If your own doc can't help see a good neurologist. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection I have some amoxicillin from 09 is it ok to take?

What kind: There are a number of issues that can produce ear pain that require no abx,including tooth issues,fluid, neuritis,etc. You can certainly assume you have a middle ear infection and take 6+ yr old, out of date meds.It is unlikely to injure you,But the strength of the med is likely poor, and if you really need it,no problem. These sometimes self heal (unless its a different problem). ...Read more

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What to do if I have a ear infection and feeling quite dizzy. Is there anything i can do not to feel dizzy ?

What to do if I have a ear infection and feeling quite dizzy. Is there anything i can do not to feel dizzy ?

Treat ear infection.: When ear has an infection your balance and dizziness are affected. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. Go to doctor get it treated. Dizziness medication can mask the symptoms of dizziness, but will not solve the problem. Infection clears, dizziness is expected to clear too. Meclizine (OTC for dizziness). ...Read more

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I have a ear infection in only one ear but pressure sometimes goes from that ear to the non infected ear is that normal?

I have a ear infection in only one ear but pressure sometimes goes from that ear to the non infected ear is that normal?

Eustachian tube issu: The pressure you likely feel relates to poor function in your Eustachian tubes during this process. The tube drains middle ear mucous and allows air to enter during normal function. To have the infection,tube swelling trapped mucous which became infected from throat germs. Yawning can sometimes help reopen the tube and allow pressure to equalize in the good ear.In time all should heal. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection on my left ear it's like a big pimple I had it for a year now so what's the best way to get it healed?

I have a ear infection on my left ear it's like a big pimple I had it for a year now so what's the best way to get it healed?

See Doctor: The fact that the 'ear infection' has been there for 1 year, the 'pimple' should be seen by your doctor to determine what it is. A 'pimple' that long probably is something else especially if it is not painful. Get yourself examined before a treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and he said I have a ear infection and a viral he put me on meds how long can a ear infection last on top of a viral?

I went to the doctor and he said I have a ear infection and a viral he put me on meds how long can a ear infection last on top of a viral?

Variable: Ear infxns are usually viral-->supportive care (for pain & fever) + fluids & rest are most important, plus watching for signs of bacteria possibly taking advantage of local immunocompromise to cause infection. Like most viral infxns, these will usually resolve in a week (or sometimes 2). If bacteria come in, you need antibiotics, which usually work within a week unless the bacteria are resistant. ...Read more

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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. Shari Jackson
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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