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Is otitis media painful?

Is otitis media painful?

Yes: Often otitis media is painful due to the pressure build up in the middle ear from the infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


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Can recurring otitis media be cured?

Yes: 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.". ...Read more

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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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What is acute otitis media?

What is acute otitis media?

Middle ear infection: "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. ...Read more

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When can I fly after otitis media?

Flying with OM: 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 (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight. ...Read more

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Acute otitis media, how long does it last?

Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine. ...Read more

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What to do for severe pain with otitis media?

Take Pain Meds: You can take over the counter Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain till you see your doctor or get a prescription for stronger pain reliever from your doctor like codeine or something else As long as you are being treated with appropriate antibiotics the pain will get better as treatment becomes effective ...Read more

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What are the tests for otitis media with effusion?

What are the tests for otitis media with effusion?

See below: Ear examination with an otoscope. And some people will perform tympanometry. This produces a graph that can aid in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the otitis media pathogenesis?

I want to know what's the otitis media pathogenesis?

Many possibilities: These can include a variety of respiratory viruses and bacteria that normally inhabit the throat. Pneumoccus, hemophillis influenza types, moxilla species, etc. These are often just opportunist germs that enter the space to take advantage of the fluid build up. A predisposing factor is the trapping of middle ear fluid behind a poorly draining eustachian tube. ...Read more

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I have chronic otitis media in toddlers, what to do?

See an ENT: If the child is having ear infections back to back for more than 2 months, or not clearing up in between antibiotics, it may be time for an ear, nose, and throat consultation. A change of antibiotics might be needed, or if that doesn't clear the infection, he may need pe tubes to allow the fluid to drain properly. Talk with your doctor to find out if this is needed. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the causative agent of otitis media?

Please help! what is the causative agent of otitis media?

Many possibilities: These can include a variety of respiratory viruses and bacteria that normally inhabit the throat. Pneumoccus, hemophillis influenza types, moxilla species, etc. These are often just opportunist germs that enter the space to take advantage of the fluid build up. A predisposing factor is the trapping of middle ear fluid behind a poorly draining eustachian tube. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the etiologic agent of otitis media?

Many possibilities: These can include a variety of respiratory viruses and bacteria that normally inhabit the throat. Pneumoccus, hemophillis influenza types, moxilla species, etc. These are often just opportunist germs that enter the space to take advantage of the fluid build up. A predisposing factor is the trapping of middle ear fluid behind a poorly draining eustachian tube. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to fix acute otitis media ?

Please explain if it is possible to fix acute 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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What is the difference between acute and chronic otitis media?

What is the difference between acute and chronic otitis media?

Acute vs. Chronic: Acute otitis media is an acute illness with findings of inflammation of the mucosa of the middle ear as well as middle ear fluid. Chronic otitis media is diagnosed when there is a tympanic membrane perforation in the setting of chronic or recurrent ear infections, i.e. chronic purulent ear drainage despite appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...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

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Need doctors who are knowledgeable about otitis media, where do I go?

Pretty much...: ...Most pediatricians, and all ENT specialists, are highly experienced in otitis media care; it is very common in children, and not too rare in adults. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Definition)

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Mastoiditis (Definition)

An infection that affects the mastoid bone, ...Read more