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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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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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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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Im 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?

Im 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.

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 have ear infection and not treated for 3 months, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection and not treated for 3 months, what to do for treatment?

Chronic OM: After 3 months, your infection is considered chronic and more difficult to treat. Your primary care provider should be able to provide some treatment options to you, or refer you to an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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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