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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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 your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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What are the symptoms of otitis media?

What are the symptoms of otitis media?

Earache FeverDischar: The symptoms are
Pain in the ear
Fever
Ear Discharge
Hearing Loss
Irritability in infants ...Read more

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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 a shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use acetaminophen or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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I'm ear pain with discharge take treatment not improved diagnosis? Fungal otitis media please need treatment

I'm 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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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 to help flush the 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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 Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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 Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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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, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Do I need to report otitis media as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Goes away: Otitis media usually goes away after being treated. In some very young children it can be a chronic medical condition. Unless there is something unusual about your otitis media you do not need to report it as a long term health condition. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 55 yrs old. My doctor is treating me for otitis media. This episode is the 3rd. I noticed a lump in the neck. I'm worried! What do I have?

Hi, I'm 55 yrs old. My doctor is treating me for otitis media. This episode is the 3rd. I noticed a lump in the neck. I'm worried! What do I have?

Possibly............: Without examining you, it is difficult to know what this lump is, but I suspect that it is a swollen lymph node which has (properly) reacted to the infection. To be certain, your physician should evaluate this. ...Read more

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Otitis media (Tip)

Did you know that white vinegar can help with mild infections of the external ear canal? ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Is there a treatment for chronic otitis media?

Is there a treatment for chronic otitis media?

Myringotomy tubes: Myringomtomy tubes are tiny tubes placed surgically in the ear drum to prevent recollection of fluid in the middle ear space, thus reducing the need for oral antibiotics. Most varieties will fall out on their own after a few months to a couple of years, but other types are intended to be permanent. ...Read more

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For how long will it take for azithromycin to cure otitis media?

For how long will it take for azithromycin to cure otitis media?

Otitis: Azithromycin can be used for ear infections. But some are infected with bacteria that are resistant and need other antibiotics. But if it is sensitive it can resolve sometimes in a week to ten days. ...Read more

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Otitis media (Tip)

Smoke increase risk, vaccines prevent infection. One happy baby ...See more

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How can I get rid of otitis media?

How can I get rid of otitis media?

Comfort measures: 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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Which antiseptic drug are used for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Which antiseptic drug are used for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Not needed: In general, fluid behind the ear drum by itself doesn't need an "antiseptic" or antibiotic. If the fluid is infected that is a different story and antibiotics can be helpful. If fluid formed because of a nasal or sinus infection then again an antibiotic can help. Most antibiotics in common use such as amoxil, augmentin, ceftin, (cefuroxime) Bactrim etc... Are helpful. ...Read more

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Otitis media (Tip)

See your doctor if you have ear pain. Do not put things into your ear to relieve the pain without md. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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