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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Ear infection: Depends on what part of the ear is infected. Usually fullness and pressure type pain. At times pulsating. The tympanic membrane is dull or irritated and may be bulging. Hearing is reduced and there may be dizzyness. May or may not be fever. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an adult ear infection?

What's most likely signs of an adult ear infection?

Fever/pain/hearing: 1) ear pain 2) fever 3) muffled hearing 4) ear drainage. ...Read more

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Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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And difference in signs and symptoms of ear infection in adults?

And difference in signs and symptoms of ear infection in adults?

Discomfort, drainage: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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What are the signs of sinus infection in a child?

What are the signs of sinus infection in a child?

Many Variables: There are many variables.But chronic nasal congestion and cough with no improvement for 10-14 days may be a sign.Headaches, dizziness and fatigue with these symptoms are clues. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

30 ? : There are some children who will never have an ear infection. Some will have a whole bunch. The exact incidence is not important. By age 2, you'll know what the story is. Being around smokers, being in daycare, having allergies, will all predispose to ear infections. The more exposure to irritants and viruses, the more likely. Good nutrition, treating allergies, avoiding smoke exposure, helps. ...Read more

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Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

No: An infant typically will be irritable with possibly a preceding or current upper respiratory infection. there may it may not be fever. The inflammation is in the middle ear and tympanic membrane and this should not cause a red ear. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

Depends: If evaluated by a dr. And a history and physical exam is performed with a visual inspection of you ears, a diagnosis can be forthcoming regarding whether it is viral or bacterial. Bacterial would require antibiotics, whereas a viral infection would require more supportive care of the symptoms (nsaids, ant-pyretics, etc.). ...Read more

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Signs of an ear infection ?

Ear Infection Signs: Ear infection symptoms include pain, hearing loss, and fever. Usually, these symptoms follow an upper respiratory infection, especially the common cold, in young children. Adults experience ear infections infrequently, but often may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

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Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Extremely unlikely: Even though theoretically, severe and chronic ear infection involving bone erosion leading to brain involvement, I have yet heard of one. As for acute ear infection, the risk is likely zero. ...Read more

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Can a viral infection cause WBC of 24000 and fever of 104.5 in an infant?

Can a viral infection cause WBC of 24000 and fever of 104.5 in an infant?

Probably not: A viral infection can cause a high fever but a high white blood count is very indicative of a bacterial infection. Viral infections generally don't cause high white blood counts. ...Read more

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Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection?  And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection.It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Ear Infection (Definition)

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