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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 I have an infection in kidneys. Now it hurts in my back. I have an artificial shoulder. Should I seek help?

I think I have an infection in kidneys. Now it hurts in my back. I have an artificial shoulder. Should I seek help?

YES..ASAP!!!!!: You need to see a doctor and get on antibiotics immediately! if your prosthetic joint becomes infected, that is a major problem. You could be left with a non-functional joint or even an amputation. Infection is also bad for your kidneys. A kidney infection could lead to sepsis, which is infection in the blood, and death. This is not something to take lightly. Please seek treatment now! ...Read more

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I am experiencing sinus pain, and crackling of the sinus, I think that I might have a sinus infection should I see my doctor?

I am experiencing  sinus pain,  and crackling of the sinus, I think that I might have a sinus infection should I see my doctor?

Yes: better see your doctor for assessment, you may very well have nasal passages and possibly sinuses disease, and need Rx medications, meanwhile use saline nasal washes and pain killers till you see your doctor, best wishes ...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 just got back from vacation. I think I have swimmers ear. I feel a sharp pain & it is clogged. Should I see someone? I can feel fluid in it.

I just got back from vacation. I think I have swimmers ear. I feel a sharp pain & it is clogged. Should I see someone? 
I can feel fluid in it.

Swimmer's ear: To prevent swimmer's ear, use a capful of rubbing alcohol poured into ear with head turned towards that side and wait for a few minutes until no bubbling sensations or noises, then allow the alcohol to drain out onto a towel with your head upright. This is a good method to get the water out. If that doesn't work, then a doctor's visit for treatment of swimmer's ear is the next step. ...Read more

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I'm having lower back pains and i feel pressure whenever I have to use the restroom. I got tested for a uti. It said i didn't have it what could it be?

I'm having lower back pains and i feel pressure whenever I have to use the restroom. I got tested for a uti. It said i didn't have it what could it be?

back pains: Several possibilities. E.G. You may have a pelvic infection or a std if you have had unprotected sex. Call your doctor for an appt. For a pelvic exam and check up for your symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I have a sinus infection. Now I can't hear out of one ear. Could it be an ear infection? Should I go to the doctor?

I think I have a sinus infection. Now I can't hear out of one ear. Could it be an ear infection? Should I go to the doctor?

Wait/go your call: Some of these begin viral and end up bacterial. Both could self heal when your immune system kicks I but that could take months. To sort out whether prescription meds are needed and what those would be you need to see your doc. ...Read more

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I would like to know why when I swallow I have a pain in my right ear. I also have a sore throat.

I would like to know why when I swallow I have a pain in my right ear. I also have a sore throat.

Congestion: you most likely have a congestion and upper respiratery infection the swelling in your inflammed throat blocked partially or completely the tube that connect ear to throat and help to equalize the pressure see a doctor will evaluate you and treat you ...Read more

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Hello, I have been having ear pain since I woke up. It is in the left ear and its a very sharp pain. I dont know if i should get checked out or now.

Hello, I have been having ear pain since I woke up. It is in the left ear and its a very sharp pain.  I dont know if i should get checked out or now.

If: it doesn't go away within 24-48 hours, you can't hear out of the ear, or you can no longer tolerate the pain, see your doctor. Try tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for the pain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Right now I have bronchitis again and i think I am getting a sinus infection with it because I have very green mucus is it common? Should i see a doc

Right now I have bronchitis again and i think I am getting a sinus infection with it because I have very green mucus  is it common? Should i see a doc

Timing: Sinusitis is about both symptoms and how long you've had the symptoms. Many common colds can have colored drainage, but if the symptoms have been around for more than 7 days or are getting worse after 5 days , then you may be developing sinusitis. If you are really uncomfortable, see your doctor. 80% of sinusitis will get better without antibiotics. ...Read more

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Everytime I burp I have a very sharp pain in my inner ear. When I swallow hard it also hurts my ear. I'm wondering what could be causing it? I also want to know if it could be a serious ear infection, I get them often back to back but I've never had a bur

Everytime I burp I have a very sharp pain in my inner ear. When I swallow hard it also hurts my ear. I'm wondering what could be causing it? I also want to know if it could be a serious ear infection, I get them often back to back but I've never had a bur

Ear pain: it sounds like you may have inner ear pressure. pressure can be caused by fluid development behind the tympanic membrane (ear drum) and this could be early signs of otitis media (inner ear infection). Get evaluated since you have a history of inner ear infections. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from extreme ear pain since last night. I suspect that it is due to the cold that i got. I also have tonsillitis. Any help?

I have been suffering from extreme ear pain since last night. I suspect that it is due to the cold that i got. I also have tonsillitis. Any help?

Ear pain: Throat pain from a tonsillitis can refer pain up to the ear. If you also have hearing loss, you might have an ear infection. A cold can lead to both. If it persists, follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have got middle ear infection. I am on antibiotics but i still experience severe pain. What can I do?

I have got middle ear infection. I am on antibiotics but i still experience severe pain. What can I do?

Pain meds: Usually over the counter pain medications are useful for middle ear pain (acetaminophen or ibuprofen). Things usually clear up after a few days. In rare cases rupture of the ear drum will occur and help relieve the pain. Sometimes warm heat to the ear helps. ...Read more

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I feel a sharp pain in my vagina and i feel like I have to pee but I don't have to. Could it be a UTI? If it is, should I go to my gynecologist?

I feel a sharp pain in my vagina and i feel like I have to pee but I don't have to. Could it be a UTI? If it is, should I go to my gynecologist?

Yes: may be associated with burning also, can be quite uncomfortable, go to gyn before long weekend. She'll probably take a culture of your urine. ...Read more

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Hello. I have been having testicular pain in the right testical for around a month. I think I may also have a tooth infection. Could this be the cause?

Highly unlikely: Testicular pain is always a cause for concern, particularly in a young male with no previous medical history. You would need to do a self testicular examination and if the right testes feels lumpy or abnormally hard at certain places, then you would know that there is a problem. Tumor, epidydimitis and testicular torsion are three things that would need proper diagnosis and treatment ASAP. ...Read more

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I thought i had a bladder infection but now I have terrible chills and a headache. What could that be from?

I thought i had a bladder infection but now I have terrible chills and a headache.  What could that be from?

Should see someone: This could be a developing infection going into your kidney. You need to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible ...Read more

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I have what i thought to be a boil in my pelvic region (feels deep and hard) i have tried lancing to no avail...i am unsure of what it could be?

I have what i thought to be a boil in my pelvic region (feels deep and hard) i have tried lancing to no avail...i am unsure of what it could be?

Please see your doc: Without actually seeing it, you may very well have a small abscess that may need to be properly treated, possibly even drained. I do not recommend trying to lance it yourself, as there may be loculations that need to be explored and you could infect yourself or injure yourself further. Please see your doctor right away so it can get taken care of. (sorry, I can't find a pic of the pelvis and boil) ...Read more

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I have severe and constant pain in my uterus area. Feels like I am giving birth but I am not pregnant. What should I do? What could it possibly be?

Pain: Lower abdomen cramping can be caused by any structures in the area... The bowel also lives there... Go and see your doc for an exam to check for an abnormality with either. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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


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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 ...Read more