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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
Yes, likely: Ear pain on descent is often a problem for people with active ear infections. Talk to your doctor about suggestions to minimize the pain. ...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 more
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 more
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 more
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 ›
If my 3 year year old gets an ear infection from a prior bronchial infection, does that automatically mean it was bacterial? Could it have been viral?
Ear infection: No, it does not automatically mean it was bacterial. 70% of ear infections are viral. Even with a presumed bacterial infection elsewhere, that does not guarantee that the ear infection is the same, although the odds do go up. ...Read more
My son has been on abx for 5 days for an ear infection. Now he has a fever again from a cold. Possible to have viral and bacterial infx at same time?
Sure, quite possible.
I wouldn't rush to a doctor again unless he isn't able to tolerate food, unable to urinate or looking quite ill (lethargic etc). Sometimes the fever can wax and wane until it fully resolves. This is common after both a bacterial or viral infection. ...Read more
My question is about my son who has been sufering from ligjtheadedness and confusion for a few weeks. He did a course of anti virals for an inner ear infection. He has juts started a repeat course. We have had extensive tests done still no change?
Is extremely concerning in a young man or child.
The tests should include brain scanning and a thorough neurologic exam by a specialist, as well as metabolic tests such as chemical tests for diabetes and other imbalances. Don't let this be passed off as an infection. There really are no antivirals for inner ear infection, btw. And antibacterials would not help an inner ear infection. ...Read more
I had a viral infection one week ago. Vomitting and achey limbs. Blocked ears. I have an ear infection now and my hearing is sensitive and muffled? Why
Eardrum less mobile: When there is an infection in the middle ear, fluid builds up and the eardrum cannot move as well. It is the vibration of the eardrum that enables us to hear. The fluid in the middle ear decreases the ability of the eardrum to vibrate causing hearing to be sensitive and muffled. ...Read more
My 2 yohas had fever for 9 days. He started with croup, congestion doc said viral. 3 days later ear infection&sinusitis on antbi x 3 day still fever.?
Have child seen: The child has had a viral croup - and then a secondary ear infection treated with antibiotics - continuing fever cld be a viral infection or antibiotic was not appropriate. As fever is there even after 9 days suggests he shd be seen again. After evaluation and if it is appropriate all drugs can be stopped and the child observed before deciding on the next course of action. ...Read more
My mom was dx with an ear infection which they are sure is viral. She has developed a slight eye droop and mouth droop on the right side.?
In the 9 months since my son was born he has had a GI bug, 3 viral infections, 3 ear infections and we are now battling thrush. Is he seriously ill?
Doubt it: The average kid will lose his mothers protective antibodies at 3 months. They then have an average of 5 respiratory illnesses and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr until age 5.Kids with significant immune problems have chronic thrush from birth and are hospitalized with a bone infection or blood infection by 4 months of age. Ear infections accompany uri's. Discuss with your doc, I see this in normal kids ...Read more
3 yr old taking CEFDINIR 4 ear infection (4 days now) suddenly is running low grade fever tonite - medication side effect or new viral infection?
Low grade fever:
This could be your little girls liquid I take over the course of the day. If she takes in little, then during an infection, her temp may spike. We also have different times our body temp rises normally too. You'll be he king hers more often because she is ill. I'd recommend acetaminophen, encourage her liquids and call your Doctor if it persists or worsens. Good Luck ...Read more
Hearing lost: The most common symptoms of adult middle ear infection is hearing lost in the affected ear. ...Read more
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