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Medicine For Frequent Ear Infections
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
Many causes!: Ear infections can be caused by viral colds or spread from infections in the eyes or sinuses. Also associated with second-hand smoke exposure. Some children are much more prone to frequent infections than others. This can be a result of inherited ear anatomy or differences in immune function. Most often, children grow out of the frequent ear infections with time. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more
Allergy/Smoking/inf: Frequent ear infections can be due to enlarged adenoids, swollen/blocked eustacian tubes often caused by allergy and smoking., and repeated exposure to infections at home or at work or in case young children in school.And in some cases partially treated infections may keep coming back other rare causes may be immunity problems when it will be associated with other infections. ...Read more
Yes: Make sure that you are avoiding any smoke exposure as this is a risk factor for ear infections. Also, babies who drink milk laying down rather than upright may be at higher risk. Prolonged pacifier use may be linked to ear infections. And lastly, daycare attendance or exposure to many other sick children with upper respiratory infections in the first couple of years of life may increase the risk. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Exam: please close your computer and make an appointment for a medical exam. ...Read more
I have been getting frequent ear infections due to sinus problems. What's the best way to prevent these if your tubes don't drain right?
Sticky snot: Most cases due non allergic rhinitis. Nose is filter- think all pollution in air- molds, dust. Dust mite poop, viruses. Nose produces mucous to capture particles. But w enuf irritation, environmental dryness, snot thickens. Best consult family doc or ent. There are nasal corticosteroid . All drainage goes over tubes middle ear. Otc_ neil med nasal wash and saline sprays to clear nasal passages. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My daughter has has frequent ear infections in the past but hasn't had any in the last few months. Our GP and an ENT recommended inserting grommets. Since she hasn't had an ear infection over the last few months, is this still necessary?
Talk to your doc: Risk factors for ear infections include daycare, bottle feeding, bottle propping, smoke exposure, just to name a few. If there is nothing in your child's history or environment that can be changed (such as being in daycare or being bottle fed) then your child might need tubes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is chiropractic care appropriate for a 5 and 2 year old? Can it help to resolve frequent ear infections in the older child? What are risk/benefits?
No: Chiropractic is not usually recommended for young children and can not treat infections. Young children are growing and developing and may be seriously injured by manipulations designed for adults. Most chiropractors do not have specialized training in pediatrics. I would recommend seeing your pediatrician and getting appropriate treatment for the ear infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing frequent ear infections, fever (better by: rest) (worsened by: exercise or physical activity) (severity: moderate) and chills. ...
ENT Specialist: Because this appears to be a recurrent issue - suggest you consider consulting with an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist. ...Read more
Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole
I had tubes put in my ears when I was 4 due to frequent ear infections. Issue was fixed after that. When I was 14 I got an ear infection and the doctor said my right tube was still in. He took it out and soon after I felt a pressure imbalance. Now my ear
ENT: Have another ENT assessment, to determine whether you still need tubes. Having a tube in place for so long will often lead to a perforation or hole in the ear drum that doesn't heal. In your case your Eustachian tube may not be functioning making it difficult for your middle ear to breathe or ventilate.All the best. ...Read more
I am experiencing ear pressure, hearing loss (side: one side only) and frequent ear infections. The following also describe me: Hearing difficulties and Irritability. What should I do?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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