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How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

7 to 10 days: Most viral infections last 7 to 10 days. A middle ear effusion or fluid in the ear may persist much longer. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...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 are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

Variable: The middle ear is the space behind the ear drum. Symptoms could include pain, pressure, hearing loss, drainage, dizziness, ringing noise. If suspected, get it checked out. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

Not all middle ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics; many are caused by viruses. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What causes middle ear infection?

What causes middle ear infection?

Bacterial and viral : Ear infections are more common in children due to their anatomy and predisposition for upper respiratory infections. When the eustachian tube fails to maintain a neutral pressure relative to the outside world, the middle ear can accumulate fluid, siphon bacteria from the upper respiratory tract into the middle ear and an infection results. Eustachian tube swelling is often initiated with a virus. ...Read more

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Diagnose middle ear infection by 2 doctors went to 3rd doctor cause slight numbness in tongue, 3rd doc say this is from ear infection, would u agree?

Yes. I agree: It is possible to have a sensation of numbness while experiencing an ear infection based on the a nerve that determines taste, which passes through the middle ear on its pathway to the tongue. If the middle ear gets infected, this nerve may get affected causing strange sensations on the tongue. Also possible is a metallic like taste. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

Uncommon in adults! acetaminophen for pain. Infection needs abx if rupture, pain immediately better. ...See more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
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I have a middle ear infection, my ears are starting to pop a little. What does this mean?

I have a middle ear infection, my ears are starting to pop a little. What does this mean?

Possibly improving: Your question suggests that you have been seen and diagnosed with a middle ear infection. If so, now that you have noticed some popping, you may be recovering. The popping could be air entering the middle ear space which was likely full of fluid. This may be a sign of improvement. ...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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. James Chapman
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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