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Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?

Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?

Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the canal is more likely otitis externa and it can have a discharge. Bacterial ear infxn needs to be treated with abx which will require a trip to a doctor. Externa can be serious in patients with diabetes or immunosuppression. Drainage for 3 days should be treated seriously. Likely you'll get a rx for abx drops +/- pills and perhaps a wik in the canal if bad. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo

What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo

Otitis media: Pop your ears on a regular basis 30 or 40 times a day. This is about all you can do. If your doctor gave you a decongestant then take it. You can try pseudo-fed as well. Good luck and feel better! ...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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I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

No, but....: A middle ear infection will not cause cough and chest congestion. However, the same virus that caused the middle ear infection in the first place may also have caused lower respiratory tract infection/symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you get a middle ear fungal infection after serous otitis media has cleared out? And how long is safe to let it set as my ENT appointment is march

Can you get a middle ear fungal infection after serous otitis media has cleared out? And how long is safe to let it set as my ENT appointment is march

Yes: With serous otitis, clear fluid in the middle ear space has not drained properly and pressure causes the eardrum to bulge. After drainage, fluid left can become infected. Fungal infections are unusual. If you are concerned, see you ENT asap. If you cannot see him/her within next 48-72 hours, see a primary care doctor. If fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, extreme ear/head/jaw pain go to emergency dept. ...Read more

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How should I clean my ear if I have otitis media?

How should I clean my ear if I have otitis media?

Do not: A middle ear infection is an infection behind the ear drum. Therefore, cleaning the ear canal would do absolutely nothing. Furthermore, you should not be cleaning out your ear canal as you may injure the skin and cause another problem. A middle ear infection (otitis media) may be viral or bacterial. Otitis media, if that is truly the diagnosis, has nothing to do with the ear canal. ...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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Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead ?

Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead ?

Pain threshold: Sometimes otitis develops slowly and people do not feel pain. But otitis is inflammation and fluid behind the ear drum and cause mechanical obstruction of the eardrums natural movement...And this can lead to the ringing on the ears. ...Read more

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Can recurring otitis media be cured by ear tubes?

Can recurring otitis media be cured by ear tubes?

Not cured.: Recurrent otitis media implies chronic issues with the eustachian tube. In these cases, particularly if there is hearing loss +/- chronic middle ear fluid, ventilating tubes (ear tubes) may be recommended. Tubes bypass a dysfunctional eustachian tube and allow better air exchange in and out of the middle ear, which is implicated in recurrent ear infections. ...Read more

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Could otitis media (ear infection) go without being treated?

Could otitis media (ear infection) go without being treated?

Like before 1940 ?: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube.Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent.( tubes). ...Read more

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How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

Ear causing tear :(: The ringing in the ear during, after this infection can last awhile...And wax and wane as it slowly improves over time. Sometimes the ringing can last for awhile. I recommend seeing your doctor or an ENT physician. Do not despair. ...Read more

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I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

Tinnitus and Otitis: Yes. Generally the ringing in the ears will subside once the otitis abates and the fluid is absorbed. Tinnitus is very annoying, so let's hope it disappears sooner than later! ...Read more

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I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

Likely improving: Eustachian tube allows middle ear mucous to drain into the throat & air to circulate behind the ear drum.As the infection begins to clear, you will often have periods when the tube opens for a period letting air in (popping) or periods where it is still full of fluid or closed.I see the feature as a sign things are improving. ...Read more

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I had otitis media for 1 year. Did not finish antibiotic. My left ear is dry and painful when cleaning. What do I do?I think it impacted.

I had otitis media for 1 year. Did not finish antibiotic. My left ear is dry and painful when cleaning. What do I do?I think it impacted.

Chronic otitis : Otitis of long standing speaks for the possibility of a cholesteatoma see an ENT physician for a full examination. ...Read more

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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It ...Read more