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Hi I had ear surgery jan14 I have been unwell since on and off but I have now had a ear infection labyrinths since 20 dec I'm now on 3rd meds mrsa?

Hi I had ear surgery jan14 I have been unwell since on and off but I have now had a ear infection labyrinths since 20 dec I'm now on 3rd meds mrsa?

Ear infection: Resistance is certainly a concern after the third infection. It would be prudent to have a culture of the fluid iif possible. I would discuss this with an ENT physician. ...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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I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?

I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?

See ENT: This could be a chronic otitis externa (outer ear infection) or otitis media (middle ear infection). Treatment can include local care with suctioning of the ear frequently. It will often require both oral and topical antibiotics. Sulfa based antibiotics and Clindamycin work well, but lab sensitivities are necessary from culture. Middle ear infections may require surgery in some cases. ...Read more

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I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work.?

I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work.?

Phlegm: It sounds like you still have sinus inflammation with mucous draining down into your throat. Try a nasal steroid like Flonase for maintenance therapy or an antihistamine like Claritin. If symptoms persist, oral antibiotics or low dose oral prednisone may help. An ENT consult may be needed. ...Read more

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What are ear infection symptoms?

What are ear infection symptoms?

OM symptoms: Can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications. ...Read more

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Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Not necessarily: I'd recommend getting it looked at if it hurts. An ear infection could be crackly, cut crackly doesn't mean ear infection. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection are what?

Symptoms of ear infection are what?

Pain: Pain is the primary symptom.

Drainage from the ear can suggest an external infection. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ear infection?

What are the tests for ear infection?

Normally don't test: We normally don't test. You can determine an infection based on history and how the canal, and ear drum looks. ...Read more

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What does an ear infection feel like?

Variable.: Sometimes nothing, sometimes pain, fever, loss of hearing, noise in the ear, cough is a common symptom. ...Read more

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What should I do for an ear infection?

What should I do for an ear infection?

Ear infection: Talk to your pcp to examine & recommend appropriate antibiotic as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an ear infection?

How to know if I have an ear infection?

Ear infection: Classic symptoms: ear pain or ear fullness, decreased or muffled hearing in one ear, drainage from ear canal, or exquisite tenderness of the ear to touch or tugging the ear. Ear infections are either middle ear (nontender to pulling) or external ear (very tender to pulling). ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an ear infection?

What sort of disorder is an ear infection?

Depends on location: Viruses can invade the ear nerve, impaining hearing; viruses or bacteria can inhabit the normally sterile middle ear space& mucous= otitis media;germs can invade the ear drum= myringitis/ lots of pain; skin bacteria & fungus can invade an over-hydrated outer canal & cause swimmers ear. Each affliction may be considered an ear infection & each is handled differently. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Similar to teething: The symptoms of an ear infection - otitis media - can be remarkably similar to those of teething, with all or some of these symptoms: irritability; poor sleep; diarrhea; tugging at ear (placing finger in ear, or even hitting ear); low-grade fever. The only way to tell them apart is careful examination of the ears. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have an ear infection?

Pain, fever: Ear pain with fever are most common signs of what people refer to as "an ear infection" aka "acute otitis media"

pain can be worse with laying down, sometimes with swallowing or eating

also common to have stuffy/runny nose, sometimes cough

otitis media is different from otitis externa (aka swimmer's ear), where it's more common to have pain when gently tugging or moving your ear.

See a doc. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat ear infection?

What happens if you don't treat ear infection?

Many things: The infection could clear by itself, about 25% do in 48 hours. If left alone the infection could result in permenant hearing loss, bone infection, brain abscess or thrombosis of a large vein in the brain called the lateral venous sinus (sort of a stroke)- just to name a few complications. ...Read more

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How would u know if you had an ear infection?

How would u know if you had an ear infection?

Pain: Usually pain or other signs of fluid behind your eardrum, like a blocked or plugged feeling or decreased hearing. An infection in the ear canal often has drainage and pain of the ear. Sometimes you can rupture your eardrum and have drainage as well. Then all the general symptoms such as fever, vomiting and other cold symptoms, runny nose and congestion. Be seen and all the best. ...Read more

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I might have an ear infection. What should I do?

I might have an ear infection. What should I do?

Rx the pain now: I would do what you can to deal with the discomfort now. Ibuprofen ; laying with a heating pad on that side of the head can help. Tomorrow try to get in with your pcp or an urgent care center. ...Read more

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Is showering when you have an ear infection okay?

Yes: With an inner or middle ear infection showering has no direct impact. If you have swimmers ear it would be good to avoid lots of water in the outer ear. Simply avoid showering directed into the ear or place cotton in the outer canal to deflect it. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell if u have an ear infection?

Pain: Ear canal infection results in pain and wetness/drainage from the ear. When it affects your middle ear, it produces pain, pressure and hearing loss. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


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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