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What Can I Do For An Ear Infection
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
Get it treated: You need to get it treated. The traditional method is antibiotics, but if you can get the inner ear to drain, then it will resolve on its own in most cases. This can be done with decongestants/nasal sprays that will reduce obstruction/inflammation surrounding the tube that connects the middle ear to the nose. If it is truly infected, it's worth getting a doctor to check it out. ...Read more
Ear causing tear :(: Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin if you are in pain and only if you can take those medications. You should also seek prompt medical attention as you may need antibiotics and to assure there is not another cause for the ear discomfort. You should also note there are different types of ear infections...Inner, middle and outer to use layman terms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Ear Infections: If you mean external ear infection, then the best way to avoid one is to keep your ears dry while bathing and swimming. Also don't use q-tips or other devices to clean ear canals. Middle ear infections can't be prevented per se. They can occur during or after a cold, or during flare up of allergies. They can occur for no clear reason. In general, the better your overall health, the lower the risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Check with an ENT: Tina, have you seen an ear/nose/throat (otolaryngologist) specialist yet? Would recommend you do so. There are many reasons for chronic ear infections. Could be due to allergies, microbial infections, or perhaps a yet undiagnosed problem with the structure of the ear, to name a few. The specialist should be able to get to the bottom of things. Get an appointment, and hang in there! ...Read more
See an ENT: If you are having chronic era infections, you should consider seeing a specialist. Go see an ent. ...Read more
Inner ear infections: Anatomically ear is divided into external ear, middle ear( consisting of ossicles), inner ear ( consisting of cochlea, vestibular apparatus) when you are asking about inner ear I am assuming you are asking about the middle ear ( infections may be bacterial or fungal most often) . These infections can be cured with antibiotics, or antifungals- rarely surgery. ...Read more
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
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
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