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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Overview)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It commonly occurs in childhood.


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What's the safest way to treat otitis media?

What's the safest way to treat otitis media?

Symptomatic Therapy: Most ear infections are viral infections and, depending on the age group and certain other factors, often can be managed without antibiotics or other specific therapy as they are self limiting. These usually require only symptomatic therapy such as Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen for pain. Occasionally they are bacterial and require antibiotic treatment.

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Overview)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It commonly occurs in childhood.


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How long does otitis media usually last?

How long does otitis media usually last?

Infection controlled: Otitis media is infection of the middle ear and it needs to be under the care of a physician. It is not somethng to ignore.

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Otitis media (Tip)

To prevent middle ear infection in infants, do not prop bottles during feeding. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Otitis media (Tip)

Don't stick q-tips in the ear, it can cause damage to the ear drum. ...See more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
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Im ear pain with discharge take treatment not improved diagnosis? Fungal otitis media please need treatment

Im ear pain with discharge take treatment not improved diagnosis? Fungal otitis media please need treatment

Outer ear infection: It sounds like you may be suffering from a chronic outer ear infection. This can be caused by bacteria or fungus. If this has been going on for some time, you ought to be seen by an ENT physician for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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Is otoscopy is only way to diagnose otitis media???or clinicaly we can diagnose it?if yes thn how???

Is otoscopy is only way to diagnose otitis media???or clinicaly we can diagnose it?if yes thn how???

Yes: The doctor has to look at the tympanic membrane or eardrum to diagnose an otitis media or middle ear infection. One can experience certain symptoms like pain in the ear, pressure, hearing issues or fever. But definite DX is made by otoscopy.

Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
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Otitis media (Tip)

Breast feed infants for at least 6 months to help prevent early episodes of ear infection. ...See more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What are symptoms and tests for otitis media?

What are symptoms and tests for  otitis media?

Ear pain , otoscopy: Symptoms include ear pain, fever, and hearing loss. Tests for otitis media include physical exam with an otoscope. A hearing test may help as well.

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Please let me know if there is a holistic cure for otitis media?

Probably: Much of treatment for pain and inflammation is non pharmaceutical ( positive thinking, exercise, relaxation, heat, massage, etc). And the infection may resolve without abx. But if getting worse abandon the unproven methods and go with what has been shown to work Check the website : http://nccih.nih.org to see what really works and what is bogus.

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Otitis media (Tip)

Not all middle ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics; many are caused by viruses. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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I was wondering what are the causes of otitis media?

I was wondering what are the causes of otitis media?

Viruses and bacteria: Most ear infections are caused by viruses. Most bacterial infections are caused by pneumococcus and haemophilus strains. Many bacterial ear infections will follow a cold or other respiratory infection. Often there is a lack of proper drainage from the middle ear into the throat. This drainage problem contributes to children having more ear infections than teens and adults.

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What exactly does "pulmonary hypertension secondary to otitis media" mean?

Meaningless: Those two conditions have nothing to do with each other. They can both exist in te same person but one does not cause the other with any kind of regularity.

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Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
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Otitis media (Tip)

Middle ear infections do not need antibiotics. Do practice good hand washing ...See more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. An infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more