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Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Yes: To have pain with an ear infection the infected material must build up pressure on the ear drum causing it to stretch or cause direct irritation to the drum itself. Some kids or adults will have an infection that doesn't do either. ...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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Is showering when you have an ear infection okay?

Is showering when you have an ear infection okay?

Yes: With an inner or middle ear infection showering has no direct impact. If you have swimmers ear it would be good to avoid lots of water in the outer ear .Simply avoid showering directed into the ear or place cotton in the outer canal to deflect it. ...Read more

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How can you know when you have an ear infection!?

How can you know when you have an ear infection!?

It hurts: A lot! fluid behind the ear can be uncomfortable and decrease hearing...An infection is painful. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if you have an ear infection?

Pain/hearing loss: If your question is in regards to an infection of your middle ear, the symptoms of an acute infection is pain combined with hearing loss. If you get a perforation of your ear drum with this, it produces ear drainage. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an ear infection and what can I take for the pain?

How do you know if you have an ear infection and what can I take for the pain?

Dr must look: Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) might help the pain. But other things can cause the ear to hurt than an infection in the ear and that is why it is important to have it looked at. Be well. ...Read more

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Can you have an ear infection without fluid in your ear?

Can you have an ear infection without fluid in your ear?

Only swimmers ear: A true inner ear infection requires fluid accumulated behind the eardrum (usually due to the negative eustachian tube pressure from a cold). A swimmers ear is an outer ear infection due to swimming and involves the outer ear canal. The two entities are entirely different and require different treatments ...Read more

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Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the perforation will usually heal over. ...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 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. Katharine Cox
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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