otitis media

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<b>Otitis media is also known as <a href="#topics/Middle-ear-infection">Middle ear infection</a></b>. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, difficulty hearing, or fever.
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What is otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear

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Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous & cause infection.
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Is otitis media painful?

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Often otitis media is painful due to the pressure build up in the middle ear from the infection.
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What is acute otitis media?

Middle ear infection

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"Acute" = recent onset. "Otitis" = ear infection. "Media" = the middle ear space, the space behind the ear drum but before the inner ear area. (Inner ear are is the area that effects balance.) Acute otitis media is the common term docs use for a middle ear infection which is often a complication form a cold, smoke exposure, allergies - anything that can cause congestion in the upper airways.
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What the heck is otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear

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Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor &amp; another wall composed by the skull &amp; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous &amp; cause infection.
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When can I fly after otitis media?

Flying with OM

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You should be able to fly with otitis media (OM), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear(s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear(s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear(s) take Claritin and Sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and Afrin the day before and on day of your flight.
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How can I get rid of otitis media?

Comfort measures

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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
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Can you tell me about otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear

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Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor &amp; another wall composed by the skull &amp; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous &amp; cause infection.
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Can recurring otitis media be cured?

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I wonder if infant experiences simply a recurring or frequent ear infection or if infant carries a persistent middle ear effusion between the bouts of infection. The latter is often the case requiring tympanostomy "tubes."
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Could otitis media cause meningitis?

Possible but...

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Very rare in developed countries.
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For how long does otitis media last?

Depends

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Uncomplicated can clear up in days. However, can last for weeks to months and never completely clear.
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