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Prednisone Inflamed Ear
Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more
Hearing loss (with middle ear effusion in right ear), enlarged firm mastoid node on same side for 10 months, nose chronically blocked. Possible cause?
Can inflamed tonsils be linked with ear infections? I had inflamed tonsils before the ear infections started.
Took a 10 day antibiotic for sinus infection and clogged ears Antibiotic done but ears still clogged/popping very painful w/sinus pressure ?
Get checked: Hard to see whats going on in the ears without a proper exam. Please see your doctor as soon as possible ...Read more
2 dislocated TMJ disk+bone spur. Inflammation cause hearing loss left ear. Very painful. Possible infection? Taking perc+mscontin now. Will Vicoprofen (hydrocodone and ibuprofen) help?
Vicoprophen: We generally don't see much infection in the tmj. Capsulitis and retrodiscitis are common with arthritic joints which your statement describes. An antiinflammatory like ibuprophen will help and that is one of the ingredients of vicoprophen....Codeine being the other. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Right side only: tonsil very swollen, burns, neck pain, ear pain w/ ringing. Dr said it's not ear infection or strep (quick culture). Tonsillitis?
Maybe: Naming the infection gets a little fuzzy (tonsilitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis). Most are viral infections that have typical 7-10 day span. Important to rule out strep (moreso for children) because it is treatable and may have serious effects if not treated. Any inflammation in this tight area can cause lymphoid/tonsil swelling, ear discomfort, soreness. Worst case may be abscess under the tissue ...Read more
Ear pain/pressure/dizzy x 5weeks. Ent gave ear drops (eardrums slight inflamed)/abx. No relief. Suggestions?Thanks
Try decongestant: Your symptoms may be due to eustachian tube dysfunction, where the tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat are blocked so pressure builds up in the middle ear. Decongestants like sudafed can help relieve the symptoms (as long as there is no reason you can't take decongestants such as uncontrolled high blood pressure). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Resolved painful swelling of outer ear canal (from swimming) w drops, oral antibi & steroids, still have fluid in middle ear. Can decongestants help?
Slowly: Decongestants are appropriate, alone or with new generation antihistamines. However, nothing helps dramatically and it can take some time to fully recover. Smoking is a direct negative factor by irritating the throat opening of eustachian tube. Increased fluids are also appropriate. There are adults, very infrequently, with tubes when problem persists with nothing helping. ...Read more
Yes.: Any infection can cause the tonsils and adenoid tissue to enlarge. This should resolve in the next few weeks but could take several months for the tonsils to return to normal size. The other possibility is that enlarged adenoids (associated with the enlarged tonsils) caused the middle ear fluid and resulting ear infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Decreased hearing, middle ear effusion in right ear only, enlarged mastoid lymph node for 10 months. No history of ear infection. What could cause?
See ENT: Whatever is happening , I don't like what I hear. See ENT ASAP ...Read more
Eustachian tube dysf: Can predispose to infection ears. Throat by extension not unreasonable result. ...Read more
Mastoiditis: Pain behind the ear associated with ear infections can be due to an inflamed lymph node. A more concerning scenario is mastoiditis, an infection of a bony part of the skull. This is usually accompanied by fever, tenderness and displacement of the pinna (pushed forward) and requires immediate medical intervention. ...Read more
I'm taking otodex for ear infection. Ear now feels swollen and lymph nodes are swollen. Is this normal?
Yes, it does: together with other measures, ENT doctor evaluation and follow up till controlled or cured is important, best wishes ...Read more