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What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

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

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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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

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Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Check first: Contact the doctor who prescribed the current treatment and explain the change in your condition. The ER is always "open," but being seen by the same doctor who treated the original condition is usually more helpful. ...Read more

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Middle ear infection can I shower?

Middle ear infection can I shower?

Yes: I see no reason to alter your regular routine if you have a middle ear infection.Water from the shower will not interfere with your recovery. ...Read more

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Could i flush a middle ear infection?

Could i flush a middle ear infection?

No: These structures are not set up to permit such a treatment. The only point where the middle ear has an opening is buried in the back of your throat. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a middle ear infection?

What can I do if I have a middle ear infection?

See below: You can try controlling the pain for 3 days. Most ear infections will resolve on their own in that time frame. After 3 days, if you still have symptoms, you will need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Otitis media: When you have a "cold", which is a viral URI, there is swelling of the tissues in the back of the throat. This can create partial obstruction of the eustacian tube (from the middle ear to the lateral throat) and this can lead to ear infection. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Confusing question: This is a completely treatable condition.Have it verified by a doctor and treated.Complete recovery is the standard outcome. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Ear infection: See your doctor for evaluation and treatment of your bilateral ear infection. Amoxicillen is usually the drug of choice. ...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. Payam Mehranpour
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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