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Doctor insights on: Viral Ear Infection Symptoms In Adults

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How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight

How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight

Z-PAC virus: How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight. ANS: A Z-PAC does nothing for a virus ear infection. Only if if is bacterial. ...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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How common is it for a viral ear infection to cause hearing loss that becomes permident?

How common is it for a viral ear infection to cause hearing loss that becomes permident?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Viral URI: You might try a decongestant and irrigation of the sinuses with a saline solution using a Neti-pot which your friendly pharmacist will be happy to sell you. If this persists go back and see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'f you have viral inner ear infection, will flying make it worse?

I'f you have viral inner ear infection, will flying make it worse?

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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Is acetaxolsmide prescribed for viral inner ear infection?

Is acetaxolsmide prescribed for viral inner ear infection?

Please read: Acetazolamide, sold under the trade name diamox, (acetazolamide) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor that is used to treat glaucoma, epileptic seizures, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), altitude sickness, cystinuria, periodic paralysis, central sleep apnea and dural ectasia. ...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?

Time: This should improve over time but it may take a few days, sometimes even a couple of weeks. Medications for motion sickness may help as well. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Taking phenrgan for viral inner ear infection. Does that help with dizziness or should I be taking something else? Other things do to help?

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

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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?

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?

Yes it will: Yes it will one day go away. The virus infection has effected your inner ear which controls the equilibrium and as time passes you will regain your equilibrium if it is only due to the viral infection. ...Read more

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Can a ear infection viral or bacteria clear up on it's own?

Can a ear infection viral or bacteria clear up on it's own?

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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How does one tell if an ear infection is viral or bacterial?

How does one tell if an ear infection is viral or bacterial?

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

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How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

7 to 10 days: Most viral infections last 7 to 10 days. A middle ear effusion or fluid in the ear may persist much longer. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Likely viral...: 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

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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?

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?

Confusion: 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

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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

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

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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.?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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: Hello,
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

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What are the common symptoms of a ear infection in adults?

What are the common symptoms of a ear infection in adults?

Hearing lost: The most common symptoms of adult middle ear infection is hearing lost in the affected ear. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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