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Frequent ear infections get more painful as I grow older, aren't they supposed to get better?

Frequent ear infections get more painful as I grow older, aren't they supposed to get better?

Ear Infections Worse: Typically they do get less frequent as you get older. If they are becoming more common, then you may have something else, like ear canal (not middle ear) infections. It sounds like you should be evaluated by an ENT doc. ...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 could cause frequent ear infections?

What could cause frequent ear infections?

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

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What could be a cause of frequent ear infections?

What could be a cause of frequent ear infections?

Ear infections: You may also be getting frequent colds or sinus infections that may precipitating ear infections. You may need antibiotics or if you have serous otitis media you may need to have tubes placed. You may have cholesteotoma. See your ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Help! What can be causing frequent ear infections?

Help! What can be causing frequent ear infections?

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

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Please tell me can frequent ear infections be hereditary?

Please tell me can frequent ear infections be hereditary?

Not really: Ear infections are caused by bacteria.

However, some families probably have a tendency to have eustacian tube dysfunction, which makes fluid in the middle ear space more common, providing a better place for bacteria to grow. ...Read more

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What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

Multiple: Just to name a few: attending daycare, exposure to tobacco smoke, cleft palate, positive family history, ciliary dysfunction, immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

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 more

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I am experiencing frequent ear infections and sinus pain.

I am experiencing frequent ear infections and sinus pain.

Understood.: Please resubmit with a specific, clear question. ...Read more

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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 more

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My 9 month old girl gets frequent ear infections, what do I do to prevent them from coming?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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

Yes it can: Need to plug your ear on the perforated side till seen by ENT, to decide whether surgery is needed to graft the drum, wax plugs sre available, different treatment options and at times antibiotic ear drops adminstered prophylactically, ENT evaluation and follow up are needed ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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?

Ear infections: Stop smoking, limit alcohol intake, protect nose from particulate matter. Avoid those with URIs. Get audiogram. Consider having ventilation tube inserted, Office procedure ...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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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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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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7 mo baby has rash after amoxicillin for ear infection. Is it ok the stop the medicine so she doesn't have a worse reaction? Had 5 of 10 day meds.

7 mo baby has rash after amoxicillin for ear infection. Is it ok the stop the medicine so she doesn't have a worse reaction? Had 5 of 10 day meds.

Would normally stop: Would normally stop the med and call your doctor on monday morning - may not be true allergy, but could definitely worsen. Do followup with the baby's doctor. ...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?

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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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 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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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)

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 ...Read more