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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Overview)

Otitis media is also known as Middle ear infection. 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.


Dr. Gregory McCarty
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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

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Overview)

Otitis media is also known as Middle ear infection. 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.


Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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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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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

Smoke increase risk, vaccines prevent infection.One happy baby ...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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Dr. Olayinka Adedayo
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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Treating an Ear Infection (Tip)

Treating an Ear Infection

When do you discuss about tubes in the ears ? How will it affect his speech? ...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
3x day
Dr. Frank Warren
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Nudrat Nauman
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


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