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Outer ear canal inchy 2 mos, no visible infection or wax per ent, no dx, no sign of skin issue, low anc, help plse.?

Outer ear canal inchy 2 mos, no visible infection or wax per ent, no dx, no sign of skin issue, low anc, help plse.?

Dermatitis: Probably a dermatitis of the ear canal skin. Usually this is aggravated by your using q-tips or otherwise trying to clean your ears. Try some over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream in the ear applied with a clean finger 4 times a day. Stay away from cleaning your ears as a rule. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I currently have some kind of outer ear infection. All my jaw and my ear bones are very painful. Also inflamated ear canal. I took ibuprohene but not helpful. Was wondering if 1mg dilaudid for pain and cyprofloxacin or corticosteroid drop would help?

I currently have some kind of outer ear infection. All my jaw and my ear bones are very painful. Also inflamated ear canal. I took ibuprohene but not helpful. Was wondering if 1mg dilaudid for pain and cyprofloxacin or corticosteroid drop would help?

Hard to say: It is clear you have made some assumptions about what is going on. Without a proper exam, it is hard to consider using a prescription at all, much less a controlled drug that might hide important symptoms. Drops only work in some ear conditions, not most. It is time to go to urgent care and have someone find out what is going on. ...Read more

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If debris is present in the ear canal even after using the ear drops,can the infection recur when cessation of medication?

If debris is present in the ear canal even after using the ear drops,can the infection recur when cessation of medication?

Don'tMicroDitchDig: It's possible, but I wouldn't go batty trying to dig it out. If , after a few showers, you think there's still some in there and that bothers you, you really should have someone look at it again with the proper equipment, like, say....a doctor or nurse or PA-and not you, or your car mechanic. Usually, whatever debris is left has been sterilized by the drops but, it could set-up another infection.. ...Read more

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How should I treat an ear canal infection (otitis externa)?

How should I treat an ear canal infection (otitis externa)?

See below: This type of ear infection is treated with prescription antibiotic ear drops. The otc swimmer's ear drops can help prevent swimmer's ear, but they are not effective treatment. ...Read more

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I have ear canal infection and swelling, what to do for treatment?

I have ear canal infection and swelling, what to do for treatment?

Call doctor: Call your physician to get an appointment to get your ear looked at, then appropriate medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Eustachian Tube: A clogged ear with no infection or fluid in the ear is usually the result of a poorly functioning eustachian tube. This is the connection from the middle ear to the nose, responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the ear.When clogged, the ear feels full or stuffy. ...Read more

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Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Let a doc look: The external ear canal shouldn't swell with a sinus infection. The little eustachian tube could get plugged with mucous, but you couldn't tell by looking--it's internal. ...Read more

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My 3 year old is on her 2nd set of pe tubes (t&a removed).Left tube is in the ear canal & is infectioned.Is it recommended/safe to replace this tube?

Ear tubes: If the tube has come out and infections return, it is reasonable to replace the tube. Consider adenoidectomy if it hasn't been done yet. Don't worry, your child will most likely grow out of this. ...Read more

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My mid ear canal infection was discovered after a flight home impaired part my hearing. Its now the 8th of 10 days im on biaxin (clarithromycin) w no improvement. Why?

My mid ear canal infection was discovered after a flight home impaired part my hearing. Its now the 8th of 10 days im on biaxin (clarithromycin) w no improvement. Why?

Seros otitis media: More than likely you have sterile fluid in the middle ear. This can last for some time. You are not equalizing the pressure on each side of the middle ear. The eustachian tube is not functioning well and equalizing the pressure. There are some exercises to help with this and some medications to help. Give it a bit of time and if not responding, see an ent. You may end up with a tube placed. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ear Canal Infection (Definition)

Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more