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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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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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What causes otitis media?

What causes otitis media?

Otitis media: The middle ear space should contain air but it may become filled with fluid (mucus), which typically occurs during a cold.The mucus may then become infected by germs (bacteria or viruses). This may then lead to otitis media. ...Read more

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What the heck is otitis media?

What the heck is otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about otitis media?

Can you tell me about otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection. ...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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For how long does otitis media last?

Depends: Uncomplicated can clear up in days. However, can last for weeks to months and never completely clear. ...Read more

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Otitis media is characterised by what?

PainDrainageHearingL: Otitis media usually presents with pain in the affected ear may or may not be associated with hearing loss and sometimes fever.And can also present with purulent drainage ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me more about otitis media?

Can you tell me more about otitis media?

Middle ear infection: This is typically a bacterial infection of the middle ear, not the outer ear(canal) or inner ear. It usually is triggered by a viral upper respiratory infection or allergies. Treatment involves decongestants, mucus thinners (guaifenesin), sometimes nasal or oral steroids, and usually antibiotics. ...Read more

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Home remedies for otitis media dangerous?

Home remedies for otitis media dangerous?

Some might: Many episodes of OM are viral and self heal with no intervention. Some bacterial ear infections would self heal over months like before antibiotics. Some are triggered by aggressive bacteria and can lead to perforated ear drums, chronic infection, mastoiditis, and long term health implications. The danger of any self treatment is delay of proper diagnosis,treatment & potential for complications. ...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 are some home remedies for otitis media?

What are some home remedies for otitis media?

Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. ...Read more

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What are symptoms and tests for otitis media?

What are symptoms and tests for  otitis media?

Ear pain , otoscopy: Symptoms include ear pain, fever, and hearing loss. Tests for otitis media include physical exam with an otoscope. A hearing test may help as well. ...Read more

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How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes of otitis media?

Viruses and bacteria: Most ear infections are caused by viruses. Most bacterial infections are caused by pneumococcus and haemophilus strains. Many bacterial ear infections will follow a cold or other respiratory infection. Often there is a lack of proper drainage from the middle ear into the throat. This drainage problem contributes to children having more ear infections than teens and adults. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do , if I have otitis media?

Some debate: I would recommend seeing a doctor to establish the diagnosis. Then you may benefit from antibiotics, as well as other medicines to help the underlying cause. Don't recommend ignoring it. ...Read more

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Otitis Media (Definition)

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