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Signs of an ear infection?

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

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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What are ear infection symptoms?

What are ear infection symptoms?

OM symptoms: Can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection (of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more

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How do you cure an ear infection?

How do you cure an ear infection?

Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Is a crackly ear an ear infection?

Not necessarily: I'd recommend getting it looked at if it hurts. An ear infection could be crackly, cut crackly doesn't mean ear infection. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection are what?

Symptoms of ear infection are what?

Pain: Pain is the primary symptom.

Drainage from the ear can suggest an external infection. ...Read more

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How will you control ear infection?

How will you control ear infection?

Antibiotics: If you are older than 2 y/o, some experts recommend watchful waiting, giving it a chance to naturally go away. If it does not symptomatically clear within several days, antibiotics usually are necessary and always recommended under 2. ...Read more

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How long does a ear infection last?

7-10 days: Ear infections (middle ear) can resolve on their own in 7-10 days. The non-infected fluid can persist for up to 3 months behind the ear drum. ...Read more

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Best way to treat an ear infection?

Best way to treat an ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus.
If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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What to take for ear infection otc?

What to take for ear infection otc?

Ear pain: There are otc ear pain drops that can numb ear pain. Tylenol/motrin helps as well. If ear pain not betteror associated with fever and other sytemic symptoms needs to seek medical helps as one may need prescription oral antbiotics. For otitis externa (infection of ear canal) prescription topical antibiotic with or wthout steroid is needed. ...Read more

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Ear infection that will not go away?

May not be an infection: If it is just pain around your ear it may not be an infection. If you are having pain and hearing loss then it may well be an infection. Most cases of ear pain that I see in adults is from the jaw joint and not the ear. If it is your jaw then you need a soft diet, anti-inflammatories, ice and a trip to your dentist. ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection last?

How long does an ear infection last?

Depends: Most ear infections can be caused by viruses but if your child has high fever and ear pain then bacteria can play a role. Ear infections caused by bacteria are usually treated for 7-10days with antibiotics. However, fluid behind the ear drum can last weeks to months once the ear infection is treated. ...Read more

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How long will an ear infection last?

How long will an ear infection last?

One week: Most ear infections will heal entirely on their own is 6-7 days. Studies found that taking an antibiotic may actually cause them to last longer than doing nothing. I developed a treatment that parents can do at home that usually resolves the ear infections very quickly. ...Read more

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What to do about this ear infection?

What to do about this ear infection?

Have it treated: If you have an ear infection, proper evaluation and treatment is advised. Comfort measures with Ibuprofen or a heating pad can provide some relief, but resolution needs more. ...Read more

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How can people get an ear infection?

How can people get an ear infection?

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. Viruses often start the process but bacteria can invade ; need treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ear infection?

What are the tests for ear infection?

Normally don't test: We normally don't test. You can determine an infection based on history and how the canal, and ear drum looks. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ear infection?

Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more

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What can I do about an ear infection?

What can I do about an ear infection?

Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is behind your ear drum, you need oral antibiotics. If you have chronic ear infections that persist despite antibiotics, you need surgery. The process of treatment begins with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What does an ear infection feel like?

Variable.: Sometimes nothing, sometimes pain, fever, loss of hearing, noise in the ear, cough is a common symptom. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause pain on head?

Yes: Ear infections can cause headaches, but they can also produce other complications. It is always best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do for an ear infection?

What should I do for an ear infection?

Ear infection: Talk to your pcp to examine & recommend appropriate antibiotic as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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How common is an e coli ear infection?

How common is an e coli ear infection?

Rare: If you are in good health otherwise, I would consider whether this might be a contaminant. ...Read more

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For how long does a ear infection last?

For how long does a ear infection last?

Varies alot: The symptoms that made you suspect an ear infection in the first place should clear up. Usually this means pain goes away. This usually happens within a couple of days. Then you should get your hearing back. This can take a little longer as it takes more time for the fluid from the infection to get cleared up and hearing to return to normal. Sometimes takes up to 8 weeks to get rid of fluid. ...Read more

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What do you treat a ear infection with?

What do you treat a ear infection with?

Treat ear infection: Depending on if this is an external ear infection or middle ear infection, or if there is active drainage from the year, a topical antibiotic or anti-fungal ear drop with or without the addition of an oral antibiotic may be needed.
I recommend you see your doctor or otolaryngologist (ENT) for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more