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Middle Ear Infection
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: It may take 48 to 72 hours for full benefit. ...Read more
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
Can you take phenylephrine hydrochloride or pseudoephedrine hydrochloride whilst taking amoxicillin ? I'm being treated for a middle ear infection.
Yes: These decongestants work well for some and generally will not interfere with your other treatment. ...Read more
Ear infection: Treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) will depend on age. Adults may not take antibiotics if the earache disappears in a few days. Children less than 5 years old usually need antibiotics, especially younger than 2 years old. Over 5 years, treat the same as adults. Analgesic ear drops or oral equivalents can be used to ease the pain. ...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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