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Viral Ear Infection Symptoms In Adults
How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight
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
I've had viral ear infection for almost 3 months now. Got better but last week hav had more dizziness. Should I be worried? Will it ever go away?
Depends: Viral infections are known primarily as problems for the inner ear or the middle ear. Viruses attack the middle ear more often than the inner ear. Most viral infections of this space do not have any long term effect on hearing. Inner ear viral infections are rare, but can occur at any age, including prenatally. These can and do result in permanent hearing loss. ...Read more
I have a viral ear infection with fluid build up. I can't hear out of my right ear and it feels like it might burst! Anyway to relieve this pain?
Yes: Decongestants can be helpful to dry up some of the fluid production. Oral pain medication can be helpful to relieve the pain such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. Nasal sprays such as Flonase or nasocort can help with the congestion in your nose to help relieve pressure in the ear since the nasal and ear passages are all connected. ...Read more
I'm pretty sure I have a viral ear infection or something. Dizzy, drunk feeling, heart beats fast etc. How can I treat it or when will it go away?
Medical evaluation.: I actually would suggest prompt medical attention. The reason is that you feel drunk (mental status change?), feel dizzy (may be dehydrated or other) & have rapid heart rate (? Tachycardia due to dehydration?). This could be an ear infection, but I would err on the side of caution. Take care. ...Read more
Hello im 22 yrs old and I been to the doctors who told me I have a viral ear infection I feel dizzy, lightheaded and my head hurts.
7 y/o boy junky cough, congestion for about a month. Viral ear infection 2 weeks ago. Can a cold last a month or is there more going on? No fever.
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Was diagnosed with viral ear infection and give prescription for medrol (methylprednisolone). Does this make sense? I thought steroids depress the immune response. ..?
On fluconazole 150 mg 3x/week. Now diagnosed w/viral ear infection with prescription for Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak. Only weigh 90 lbs. Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose too high?
I think dose is: Proper, if a doctor prescribed it to you knowing your weight. ...Read more
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I was diagnosed with viral inner ear infection, is there anything I can do to help with dizziness etc?
I went to the doctor and he said I have a ear infection and a viral he put me on meds how long can a ear infection last on top of a viral?
Variable: Ear infxns are usually viral-->supportive care (for pain & fever) + fluids & rest are most important, plus watching for signs of bacteria possibly taking advantage of local immunocompromise to cause infection. Like most viral infxns, these will usually resolve in a week (or sometimes 2). If bacteria come in, you need antibiotics, which usually work within a week unless the bacteria are resistant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking phenrgan for viral inner ear infection. Does that help with dizziness or should I be taking something else? Other things do to help?
Could be useful.: Phenergan (promethazine) is an antihistamine-antinausea medication. Rx Antivert or otc Meclizine have also found to be effective for the vertigo associated with inner ear maladies. These are anti-motion sickness medications. Also available is otc dramamine or dimenhydrinate which may prove useful, too. However, please see your otolaryngologist if symptoms do not improve quickly. Beware of an acoustic neuroma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was diagnosed with viral inner ear infection and have had dizziness for several months. Some days worse than others. Will it ever go away?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes difficult: Your doctor has to gauge according to the history you provide, what the ear drum looks like, and whether the eardrum moves or not. If there's no fever, mild or no pain, the ear drum moves, and the patient has cold symptoms it's usually viral and antibiotics are inappropriate. If there's fever, pain, lack of movement of a very red eardrum, it's likely bacterial. ...Read more
Viral earache: A viral earache is not contagiousGet a more detailed answer ›
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