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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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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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'm scared my right ear is trying to develop a middle ear infection. Is it okay to use the drops in that ear?

'm scared my right ear is trying to develop a middle ear infection. Is it okay to use the drops in that ear?

Ear drops: If you think you might have a middle ear infection, drops will generally not be effective because they won't get through the ear drum unless you have a tube in your ear drum or a perforation of the ear drum. Neither of which would be expected or common for someone your age. Middle ear infections usually require oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had an ear infection in my right ear. Could it spread from ear to ear?

I had an ear infection in my right ear. Could it spread from ear to ear?

Not directly: The human body is not set up where a middle ear infection on one side can spread like skin infection to the other ear. However, the conditions that allow it to happen in one side may also effect the throat and the other side allowing both sides to become infected at or near the same time. ...Read more

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I have had a inner ear infection in my right ear since saturday. Can't hear and the ringing is driving me nuts. When does it go away?

I have had a inner ear infection in my right ear since saturday.  Can't hear and the ringing is driving me nuts.  When does it go away?

Urgent: You should see an ENT asap and get a hearing test. They need to find out what type of hearing loss you have. Depending on the type, you may need treatment right away....So don't delay. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear infection spread from my right ear to my left?

What to do if I have ear infection spread from my right ear to my left?

Take your antibiotic: You need to know if you have external otitis or middle ear otitis. For the first one you usually use ear drops and for the second you take systemic antibiotics. If it's external you apply the same drop in both ear and in the second one the systemic antibiotics effect both ear. ...Read more

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I believe i am getting an ear infection. Ive been getting one in my right ear quite often why would this be?

I believe i am getting an ear infection. Ive been getting one in my right ear quite often why would this be?

Ear infection: You don't indicate whether this is external ear canal or middle ear infection, which would be important. If you are having repetitive middle ear infections you would probably benefit from a visit to an ENT doctor. If this is external ear canal, you may be getting this from swimming and incomplete drying, you may be diabetic. See an ENT.. ...Read more

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I went to the Dr last week and he said there was a ton of fluid behind my right ear. Does this mean it's an ear infection? And if so what should I do

I went to the Dr last week and he said there was a ton of fluid behind my right ear. Does this mean it's an ear infection? And if so what should I do

Not usually: You can have fluid behind the eardrum without infection -- colds, allergies, and other things can cause this. It needs to be rechecked at some point to ensure it's resolving, but unless it does become infected, no treatment is necessary at this time. ...Read more

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. Dariush Saghafi
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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