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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...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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Is it safe to fly if my child has a cold?

Is it safe to fly if my child has a cold?

Yes: If your child is old enough to tell you if anything hurts and he does not have a fever with a mild illness there really should be no problem with flying in most cases. If there are worsening symptoms he should be evaluated before your flight. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Flight: It is not unsafe to fly, but the changes in pressures during a flight may exacerbate your underlying problem -- check with your doctor before your flight. ...Read more

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Infection both ears. Is it ok for a child to fly commercial if already on antibiotics?

Infection both ears. Is it ok for a child to fly commercial if already on antibiotics?

Yes and no: It is ok to fly in my opinion. Some of my colleagues may disagree. The child probably will experience pain when the plane descends. In some cases the eardrum may rupture. Pus will come out which may be frightening, but the eardrum will usually heal spontaneously and quickly with no long term consequences. Chewing gum or drinking water on the descent will help equalize the pressure. ...Read more

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If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

Possibly: If the ear drum has ruptured from the ear infection - which is not uncommon.. Then yes you would see drainage from the ear. If there is a rupture (typically very small - pinpoint), it will heal within a week. The medication (i presume an antibiotic) did not cause the drainage. ...Read more

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If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?

If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?

Not rare: If there are tubes in place or if the ear drum ruptures then pus will drain out. This is not rare and not necessarially an ominous sign. ...Read more

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Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Not good idea: Sure you are talking about an inner ear infection? Anyway, not a good idea. See an ENT before considering doing so. ...Read more

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My son is 2 and was prescribed amoxicillin for an ear infection. Is it possible that the antibiotic is causing him to have nightmares?

My son is 2 and was prescribed amoxicillin for an ear infection. Is it possible that the antibiotic is causing him to have nightmares?

I've never seen it: I've never had it reported in > 3 decades of practice. On the other hand, the discomfort of an ear infection often leads to sleep issues that improve as the kid improves. Picture you trying to sleep if you have a tooth ache, you may be able to fall asleep if exhausted but will likely have difficulty settling most of the time. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Yes, but!: Flying will not affect an eye infection. However, if you have bacterial pink eye, you are very contagious. If the infection is bacterial, it should be treated soon, as it can become troublesome. Please seek professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not be able to hear from an ear that recently got over an ear infection?

Is it normal to not be able to hear from an ear that recently got over an ear infection?

Common: Quite commonly you may have a bit of hearing issues with an infected ear, particularly if there is fluid behind the eardrum. It should resolve within 10-21 days, sometimes sooner. ...Read more

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Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the perforation will usually heal over. ...Read more

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My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

See a doctor: Only a physician can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics after taking your mother's medical history and examining her. ...Read more

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Is it ok to travel by air with my baby who has outer ear infection?

Is it ok to travel by air with my baby who has outer ear infection?

Yes: An outer ear inection does not react to pressure changes. Safe to fly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go to the dentist if I have a ruptured ear drum?

Is it safe to go to the dentist if I have a ruptured ear drum?

Yes: Notify your dentist of your ruptured ear drum and he/she will take precautions so as to not injure it further. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo with an ear infection?

Is it safe to get a tattoo with an ear infection?

Tattoos: The United States food and drug administration (fda) does not regulate tattoos leaving the burden of tattoo safety and regulations up to individual cities and states. Some of the risks that come with getting a tattoo are infection at the site of the tattoo, allergic reaction to the tattoo dye, the spread of disease such as HIV and hepatitis c, granulomas and keloid formation. No tattoos! ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more