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What is the definition or description of: Children ear infections?

What is the definition or description of: Children ear infections?

Child ear infections: Ear infections in childhood include middle ear infection or otitis media and external ear infection or otitis externa. Otitis media occurs when the middle ear is infected by bacteria and/ or virus. via the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube connects the pharynx to the middle ear. In young children the tube is short and flat and does not drain well facilitating infection of the middle ear. ...Read more

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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What kind, of medicines can I take for an ear infection?

What kind, of medicines can I take for an ear infection?

Depends: How did you know you have an ear infection? If a doctor had seen you and made the diagnosis, you should follow his/her advice. If you have pain but have not seen the doctor yet, you don't know if it is a middle ear infection caused by bacteria or viruses, or an external ear infection. The treatment is different for each of those conditions. You need to see a doctor if you have not yet. ...Read more

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What medicine can help my ear infection?

What medicine can help my ear infection?

Depends on type: Middle ear infections can be viral and respond to time. They can be bacterial and respond to antibiotics. External otitis can be bacterial, fungal, or result from other inflammatory conditions each requiring different treatment. Best to see your doctor to determine the nature of your ear infection. ...Read more

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Why are young children prone to ear infections?

Why are young children prone to ear infections?

Several factors: Young children have less developed immune systems and the eustachian tube that allows fluid to drain from the middle ears is smaller and more horizontal, so it does not function as well. Young children also are exposed to other children with illnesses and are notorious for not having good hand hygiene and thus transmit illnesses more readily. ...Read more

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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds (upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Maturity: Ear infections are thought to result from a poorly functioning eustachain tube which connects the middle ear to the nose. As one ages the tube matures. It gets larger making it less likely to obstruct. It is this blockage that causes ear infections. In addition, it is probable that the immune systems matures, fighting the infections off more efficiently. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent ear infections in small children?

What can be done to prevent ear infections in small children?

Several: Washing hands often, keeping children away from other sick children, avoiding daycare or enrolling in daycare with 5 or fewer children, not exposing children to cigarette smoke, breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Why do ear infections only affect teens and, toddlers, and children?

Why do ear infections only affect teens and, toddlers, and children?

Not the case: Adults, all though less frequent can get ear infections. Ear infections are normally more common in toddlers and infants, simply because they may get more uris. ...Read more

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I just started taking antibotics today for my ear infection but the medicine isn't taking away the annoying itch and pain....

I just started taking antibotics today for my ear infection but the medicine isn't taking away the annoying itch and pain....

Need more time: Most infections don't start to improve with antibiotic treatment for at least 2 or 3 days. Separate medications directed at your specific and current symptoms may be required for comfort in the interim. ...Read more

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Why do some children get recurring ear infections?

Why do some children get recurring ear infections?

Predisposed: Regular otitis media is a sequential event. The fluid made by the middle ear walls is trapped in that space by impaired drainage thru the eustacian tube. Germs from the throat enter that space & cause infection. Smaller kids/kids with allergies or colds/kids with cleft palate etc are predisposed to recurrence because the drainage doesn't improve until the head grows big enough to improve the drain. ...Read more

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We are giving my 8 month old Ammoxicillin for an ear infection, and she has slept longer than normal. Is this normal for this medicine?

Nope: But it is normal for her to sleep a little longer after the infection, which probably caused significant discomfort and sleep deprivation. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with an ear infection on Friday, he has had two days of medicine but he cannot shake the fever. The last two nights it has been 1?

My son was diagnosed with an ear infection on Friday, he has had two days of medicine but he cannot shake the fever. The last two nights it has been 1?

Depends: If the med is Amoxil or Augmentin I would expect the fever down unless the germ is resistant. With Omnicef or Zithromax I have often seen it take an additional day or 2 for the fever to subside. It has to do with how fast the med starts working. Either way, a call to your doc for guidance would be where to start. ...Read more

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Why do my ear infections keep coming back even after I take medicine?

Chronic otitis: One possibility, if it is a middle ear infection, is poor function of the eustachain tube which drains the middle ear space into the back of the throat. Another is the presence of a resistant organism. For external otitis recurrence can be due to swimming, incomplete eradication of the bacteria, allergies, eczema in the ear canal, fungal infection, or cellulitis of the ear canal. ...Read more

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Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Vomiting in kids: Can be caused by ear infections. Acid reflux should be another consideration. ...Read more

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How to treat fungal ear infection that just won't go away. Docs in the medicine section, please please help!?

How to treat fungal ear infection that just won't go away. Docs in the medicine section, please please help!?

Fungal ear infection: Fungal ear infection usually affects the outer ear canal. You can try using vinegar drops. Or ear drops which are a combo of a steroid and vinegar. Try keeping the canal dry and if necessary have your ENT specialist clean out any debris in the ear ...Read more

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My 10 mo old has 102.4 fever with medicine goes to 101 since last night. There are no other obvious symptoms Just fever. Could it be ear infection?

My 10 mo old has 102.4 fever with medicine goes to 101 since last night. There are no other obvious symptoms Just fever. Could it be ear infection?

Hard to say: There are a lot of reasons why your baby has a fever. You do not say that he is cranky or pulling on his ears, so there are no symptoms to suggest an ear infection. It would be best to have your pediatrician evaluate the baby to identify the cause of the fever--if possible ...Read more

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3mo old baby taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for ear infection. She fell asleep before her last dose of the day. Administered medicine as soon as she woke up. Is this o?

3mo old baby taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for ear infection. She fell asleep before her last dose of the day. Administered medicine as soon as she woke up. Is this o?

Yes: There is flexibility on the dosing of this med by mouth. You can work around sleep intervals. You try to keep it within an hour or two of expected. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

Be careful: Be careful with not treating ear infections in kids by seeing a doctor. There are some theories about psychiatric disorders coming from strep infections in children that were not treated or not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can I take for an ear infection?

None: A middle ear infection, if bacterial, requires antibiotics. Many middle ear infections accompanying a viral illness are viral; and should resolve with the resolution of the virus. You can safely wait it out if this is the case but ear pain lasting more than a few days or worsening or accompanied by high fever requires a doctor to examine and treat. ...Read more

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Which specifically is the medicine that you would take for an inner ear infection?

Which specifically is the medicine that you would take for an inner ear infection?

Inner?: Most ear infections are not inner ear but middle and external. Symptoms are from laberynthitis like vertigo, nausea, loss of balance, headache, tinnitus etc. Most common is a viral infection. Treatment can be antivert, phenergan, (promethazine) ativan, steroids, antiviral etc. You need to see a physician soon during the acute phase. ...Read more

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I've got an internal ear infection. Are there any antibotics or some kind of medicine to make it go away?

I've got an internal ear infection. Are there any antibotics or some kind of medicine to make it go away?

Define "inner ear": Most use the term inner ear to indicate the ear nerve, which can suffer from viral infections. There is no regular treatment. The middle ear that suffers from bacterial and viral infections responds to a variety of antibiotics when necessary. Evaluation by a primary care provider is needed to select the specific cause and treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if ear tubes are necessary in children who get many ear infections?

Can you tell me if ear tubes are necessary in children who get many ear infections?

Some are some not: In general an infant with 5 or more in a year or one that will not clear after 90 days will benefit from tube placement. Other factors can increase or decrease the need. Growth in head size will eventually reduce the frequency of infections but that is slow and steady. Each kid must be assessed individually. ...Read more

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Hi I am taking metronidazole for an infection. I also have an ear infection do I need additional drugs?

Amoxicillin usually: Amoxicillin is usually the first line choice in otitis media. If you had a culture, maybe this prompted the treatment choice by your physician. I would suggest discussing this further. ...Read more

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What are the over-the-counter medicines or old remedies that could possible get rid of an earache/ear infection?

What are the over-the-counter medicines or old remedies that could possible get rid of an earache/ear infection?

Why home remedy?: Why a home remedy? If you don't know how to cure this pain, you most likely are unsure of the actual cause. Suggest you see an ENT to diagnose the cause and offer a cure. Better than leaving it alone or searching for a home remedy. Just get seen and get it fixed. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Golenbock
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Children Ear Infections (Definition)

Ear infections in childhood include middle ear infection or otitis media and external ear infection or otitis externa. Otitis media occurs when the middle ear is infected by bacteria and/ or virus. Via the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube connects the pharynx to the middle ear. In young children the tube is short and flat and does not drain well facilitating infection ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
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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