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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 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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If you have an ear infection, can you get a tattoo still?

If you have an ear infection, can you get a tattoo still?

Probably: It should not have any specific effect on tattooing. ...Read more

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Can you geta tattoo with an ear infection?

No problem: The procedure should not interfere with your ear infection or recovery under treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. What med is best for curing an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. What med is best for curing an ear infection?

It depends: Most ear infections are viral and don't need antibiotic therapy. Ibuprofen & acetaminophen may be taken for pain and a nasal decongestant may help reduce congestion and associated ear pain. If the pain lasts more than 2-3 days, it's best to have your ears checked by a doctor, who would advise to continue supportive therapy or Rx antibiotics, depending on your ear exam. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and I'm allergic to penicillin, is there something I can take that is OTC to get rid of the ear infection.

Yes and no: If you do nothing at all it may self heal over 6-8 weeks. It may also abscess, erode your mastoid bone in your skull and end up needing surgical repair. There are a collection of other antibiotics that can clear an ear infection, but no herbals/otc meds that I know of. ...Read more

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I constantly get water in my right ear, it can stay blocked for up to 4hrs, my glands are swollen on my right side, do I have an ear infection?

I constantly get water in my right ear, it can stay blocked for up to 4hrs, my glands are swollen on my right side, do I have an ear infection?

Swimmer's Ear: This is swimmer's ear, also known as external otitis. It is a true skin infection usually caused by a fungus or bacteria which grows in warm, moist environments like wet ear canals. Shake or drain the water out or dry it with alcohol/vinegar mixture 1/2 each. 5 drops in ear canal. Never scratch with small objects or q- tips. Don't use these drops if you have a hole in your eardrum. ...Read more

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Do I have an ear infection? I get irritation, itchiness and a feeling of blockness. I also get discomfort listening to headphones in short periods.

Do I have an ear infection? I get irritation, itchiness and a feeling of blockness. I also get discomfort listening to headphones in short periods.

Q-tip usage?: The most common cause of itchiness of the ear canal is dryness. Compulsive cleaning of the ear canals with q-tips is the most common cause of dryness of the ear canals. It is a misconception that the ears must be cleaned. Cerumen or wax is normal and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Wax always migrates from deep in the canal to the opening of ear canal.
Don't push the wax back. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and want to take a bath and wash my hair. That may get water in my ear...what do I do?

I have an ear infection and want to take a bath and wash my hair. That may get water in my ear...what do I do?

If you have a middle: ear infection then you are fine to shower normally. If you have an outer ear infection (like swimmer's ear) then you should avoid getting water in your ear and can use an ear plug or cotton ball while you are showering. ...Read more

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Is it safe to perform the Valsalva maneuver while I have an ear infection? (plugging my nose and blowing to pop my ears). The discomfort is really bad, but I don't want to try it if it could make the pain worse or cause damage.

Is it safe to perform the Valsalva maneuver while I have an ear infection? (plugging my nose and blowing to pop my ears). The discomfort is really bad, but I don't want to try it if it could make the pain worse or cause damage.

Valsalva maybe: If you have negative pressure in the middle ear space, gentle Valsalva might provide relief. If you have positive pressure, could make it worse. How do you know you have an ear infection? I'd discuss with someone who has examined your ears and seem your ear drums. ...Read more

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Do I have an ear infection or something else I have been having these pains in my ear and the pain goes down to my throat and it feels like water is in them. It goes in and out as if I am 35, 000 feet in the air on a plane. When I blow my nose I get this

Do I have an ear infection or something else I have been having these pains in my ear and the pain goes down to my throat and it feels like water is in them. It goes in and out as if I am 35, 000 feet in the air on a plane. When I blow my nose I get this

Get medical exam: This is not something you should try to self-treat. When you have these symptoms, it's apparent you need a medical exam to determine the cause of what sounds like it could be an infection. Call your physician or np soon. ...Read more

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How can people get an ear infection?

How can people get an ear infection?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Viruses often start the process but bacteria can invade ; need treatment. ...Read more

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How can I get relief of an ear infection?

How can I get relief of an ear infection?

Treat the infection: Infection of the outer ear canal (otitis externa), typically is itchy or painful, discharge from the ear often; treatment ear drops with an antibiotic and some topical cortisone. An inner ear infection (otitis media) generally is more painful and is pus trapped behind the eardrum (often coming from a sinus infection) and requires an oral antibiotic. If it is truly an infection, rx requires a doc. ...Read more

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How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

Earache: Any of the analgesics (acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen) can be taken orally. Your doctor can prescribe ear drops for pain. Warm commpress to the outer ear may help too. ...Read more

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How does someone get a head and ear infection?

How does someone get a head and ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections and sinus infections typically arise after someone catches a cold. The URI spreads and affects the persons ears and sinuses. Also may lead to pneumonia as well. Ear infections are not contagious, the cold that initiated the ear infection is contagious. ...Read more

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Why is it that I always get an ear infection after I shower?

Why is it that I always get an ear infection after I shower?

Water in ear.: If you are getting an external ear canal infections (otitis externa, also known as swimmer's ear), it is because water is getting trapped in your ear canal, making a good place for bacteria and fungus to grow. Excess ear wax can predispose to water trapping, as can allowing the water to flow directly into your ear. You can ask your doctor if you have a lot of wax and re-direct the water flow. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep getting ear infection constantly why do I get them?

What to do if I keep getting ear infection constantly why do I get them?

Ear infection: It depends on why type of infection you have. External ear infections are commonly caused by excessive swimming or over aggressive q-tip use. Middle ear infections can be from sinus problems, viral infections or even a perforation of the ear drum. Some people are predisposed to get them, however. See an ENT for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Beginning to get an ear infection, how might I prevent it from developing?

Beginning to get an ear infection, how might I prevent it from developing?

Ear drops: Only if you have an outer ear infection, also know as swimmer's ear. Then you must keep it dry or it will get worse. Antibiotic ear drops can help clear the infection sooner. ...Read more

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I have a severe ear infection and using ciprodex but it seems to not get better?

Only works if...: Ciprodex can only work for an ear infection if it is an outer ear infection (in the ear canal), if your eardrum perforated, or if you have ear tubes in. Otherwise the topical drops can't penetrate into the area of the infection if it's in the middle ear. Even with those things, you may need an oral antibiotic as well. Call your doc back and ask. ...Read more

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Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Maybe: If the infecting agent is aggressive and the host (you) is vulnerable, the ear infection could spread to the meninges. This is usually through hematogenous spread (through the blood stream) rather than through neighboring invasion. Rarely, if the infection is ignored, it can spread to the mastoid air sacs, thence to the venous sinuses in the brain, and thus cerebritis. ...Read more

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Does my child need to get a shot for repeated ear infections?

Does my child need to get a shot for repeated ear infections?

No: Your child may need a tube placed in the eardrum. The tympanostomy tube can help drain fluid that's present due to an infection. ...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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What are good ways to get rid of inner ear infection?

Ear infection: An inner ear infection, or labyrinthitis, is usually caused by a virus which should resolve on it's own. However, in severe cases, the pt could be treated with steroids and antiviral medications. Medications are available to treat the symptoms of an inner ear infection so you should see your doctor to discuss available options. Good luck! ...Read more

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Wondering if it's normal for teens to get ear infections?

Wondering if it's normal for teens to get ear infections?

Some do some don't: I see more outer ear infections (swimming related) in teens than middle ear disease, but both do occur. Some are more susceptible than others. ...Read more

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Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Otitis media: When you have a "cold", which is a viral URI, there is swelling of the tissues in the back of the throat. This can create partial obstruction of the eustacian tube (from the middle ear to the lateral throat) and this can lead to ear infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive if you have this dizziness that caused by ear infection?

Is it safe to drive if you have this dizziness that caused by ear infection?

No, do NOT drive: Your thinking processes and reaction times will be much slower and "clouded". No driving or operating machinery where a lapse in judgement could prove disastrous. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Have a pleasent trip: The middle ear fluid that is part of your ear infection/eustachian dysfunction will actually protect you from the regular cycle of middle ear discomfort with landing. The pressurization of the aircraft is not high enough to cause any change in the middle ear fluid or pressure therein. Of the many issues involved in today's air travel, this should be a pleasent surprise. ...Read more

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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


Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more