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Otitis Interna Signs
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
Otitis interna?: Otitis "interna" is not a standard medical term. The most common ear infections are "otitis externa" (swimmer's ear), or "otitis media" the common ear infection of children. An "internal" ear infection would apply to the inner ear structures, of which the most common infection is a viral process involving the 8th nerve which causes vertigo ("labyrinthitis"), mostly resolves on its own. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Amoxicillin is still recommended as the first line antibiotic. There are others for treatment failure or patients with allergies. Also pain control. In older patients, pain control alone maybe tried for 3 days with antibiotics prescribed if the infection does not resolve on its own. ...Read more
Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?
I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?
No pain, you hear: The symptoms that made you suspect an ear infection in the first place should clear up. Usually this means pain goes away. This usually happens within a couple of days. Then you should get your normal hearing back. This can take a little longer as it takes more time for the fluid from the infection to get cleared up and hearing to return to normal. ...Read more
Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks
??Dangerous ??: I would consider it unusual and a nuisance but not dangerous. If it led to a perforated ear drum, those do take much longer to heal and may require surgery. Adults who get acute otitis generally did so as kids, and many have allergic and or sinus issues that predispose to the problem. I can't buy a cancer or immune defect as a significant factor. ...Read more
Severe Ear Ache!: Malignant otitis media is a term for a severe ear infection, manifested by intense pain --sometimes externa, due to swimmer's ear; or often a middle ear infection. If swimmer's ear, antibiotic drops plus oral antibiotics are needed. If only a severe middle ear infection then only oral antibiotics with pain management. Make sure to follow up to be certain of appropriate treatment! ...Read more
Viral illness: "labyrinthitis" typically refers to an acute inner ear condition associated with vertigo and often secondary nausea and/or vomiting. The most severe symptoms last 1-3 days but dysequilibrium may persist for several additional weeks. It is thought to be associated with a viral illness. ...Read more
Dizziness: Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear, which controls balance. It is often caused by a virus and is typically self-limiting. You'll be dizzy for a few days but it should get better soon. With any sudden onset of dizziness, you need to see your doctor right away to make sure it's not something more serious. ...Read more
Time: Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of your balance centers. It is usually self limited and improves with time. We treat the symptoms so the patients find relief until the inflammation goes away which is usually several days. If the vertigo does not go away it needs to be reevaluated as there might be another scenario. Any hearing loss needs to be evaluated immediately! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers