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What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

Depends: If evaluated by a dr. And a history and physical exam is performed with a visual inspection of you ears, a diagnosis can be forthcoming regarding whether it is viral or bacterial. Bacterial would require antibiotics, whereas a viral infection would require more supportive care of the symptoms (nsaids, ant-pyretics, etc.). ...Read more

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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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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more

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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

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Do outer ear infections spread to the middle ear?

Not typically: If the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is intact, it serves as a barrier that protects the middle ear from organisms which may enter the external ear canal. If the tympanic membrane is perforated (e.g. From trauma) or surgically opened (e.g. For ear tubes), then there is a direct route for passage of infectious organisms from the outer ear into the middle ear space. ...Read more

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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more

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Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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Is it typical for young children to have recurring moisture buildup in the ear behind the eardrum?

Is it typical for young children to have recurring moisture buildup in the ear behind the eardrum?

Yes: The middle ear makes fluid in everyone. If the eustachian tube is blocked, the fluid builds up. In babies and young children, the area where the eustachian tube opens in the back of the nose is narrow and can get inflamed easily by nasal sinus problems or adenoid enlargement, hence the increased incident of ear infections and fluid in children. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

30 ? : There are some children who will never have an ear infection. Some will have a whole bunch. The exact incidence is not important. By age 2, you'll know what the story is. Being around smokers, being in daycare, having allergies, will all predispose to ear infections. The more exposure to irritants and viruses, the more likely. Good nutrition, treating allergies, avoiding smoke exposure, helps. ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Isn't there: Those with inner ear issues do not by their diagnosis, need any middle fluid to be present.Inner ear disorders reflect an attack of the ear nerve, that usually comes through the bloodstream. Someone with inner ear disease can have incidental middle ear fluid and that may be visible. ...Read more

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Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection?  And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection.It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Clindamycin for ear infection? Wi it work? And is a swollen gland under the jaw by the ear part of the ear infection

Clindamycin for ear infection? Wi it work? And is a swollen gland under the jaw by the ear part of the ear infection

Yes for some inf: ear infections can be caused by several different organisms.Some of them are treated with clindamycin but that is not a first line antibiotic.It is generally used for resistant/chronic infections. ...Read more

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What is a sinus plate in the context of middle ear infections?

Sorry: I am not sure what you mean by a sinus plate. Could you be more specific? I can reassure you that a middle ear infection does not cause sinusitis. It is true however at age 31 that a viral infection in the nose and back of the nose can lead to a simultaneous infection in the paranasal sinuses and the middle ear. But middle ear infections always start in the back of the nose. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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