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Doctor insights on: What Does Bulging Soft Spot In Infant Mean With Ear Infection

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Dr. Shalini Sethi Dr. Sethi
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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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


Dr. Boyce Hornberger Dr. Hornberger
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
33 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

No: An infant typically will be irritable with possibly a preceding or current upper respiratory infection. there may it may not be fever. The inflammation is in the middle ear and tympanic membrane and this should not cause a red ear.

Dr. Albert Melaragno Dr. Melaragno
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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4yo diagnosed w HFMD 1/20, still has it. How long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?

4yo diagnosed w HFMD 1/20, still has it. How long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?

Unusual: But sometimes the virus can take 2-3 weeks to clear and now he has a secondary infection set up by HFMD. Don't worry about the baby, as the ear infection is not contagious. Also the HFMD is probably not contagious at this point. Still would have 4 yo avoid touching baby until all mouth lesions are healed

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Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

Examination.: The only way to be sure a child has an ear infection is to look at the eardrum. See a doc and have this done, if your child is sick, please.

Dr. Ronda Alexander Dr. Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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Are there any good ways to prevent ear infections in my infant?

Are there any good ways to prevent ear infections in my infant?

Options: While you can't totally control whether your baby gets any ear infections, we do know some risk factors that tend to increase them: being exposed to cigarette smoke, bottlefeeding in a laid-down position and attending daycare are among them. Seek your pediatrician's advice about other lifestyle choices you can make to keep your baby healthy overall.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

Head size: The primary factor leading to recurrent middle ear disease in infants is their head size and its impact on the drainage of the middle ear. The middle ear space has a narrow and shortened tube that drains mucous into the throat. It easily plugs, allows fluid backup and throat germs get into the ear. As the kid gets bigger, drainage improves and the risk declines.

Dr. Pamela Lindor Dr. Lindor
Pediatrics
28 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

Prevention: The factors which seem to protect children most from getting ear infections are breastfeeding, not being in daycare, and avoidance of cigarette smoke in the environment. It is also recommended that babies do not feed lying flat on their backs. There is some evidence this may increase the rate of ear infections.

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Several: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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After hrs doc diagnosed 2yold w double ear infection said ears injected and red but no buldge/puss. Did she diagnose to early?  ifec w/out bulge/puss?

After hrs doc diagnosed 2yold w double ear infection said ears injected and red but no buldge/puss. Did she diagnose to early?  ifec w/out bulge/puss?

Well, bulging/pus. .: If the eustachian tubes are still functioning/allowing some drainage, bulging or pus may not be evident on exam, only redness. Bulging means there is pressure building up and pushes on the drum, which causes pain/discomfort, hence pulling/poking ears by the child. Many children will only have redness and fever. So, can't tell if too early. Redness of drum n fever suggest infection good luck..

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Dr. Sari Nabulsi Dr. Nabulsi
Pediatrics
years in practice
Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology
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Spot where I check my pulse on right side of neck hurts when I touch it. Sometimes movement hurts this area of the neck too. And small ear infection.

Spot where I check my pulse on right side of neck hurts when I touch it. Sometimes movement hurts this area of the neck too. And small ear infection.

Neck pain: The most common reason is spasm of the muscles of the neck due to injury or sleeping the wrong way. It should not be anything to worry about

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?

Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?

Not necesarily: If it does, it would have anyway. Most middle ear infections build up of mucous and pus behind the ear drum. If it ruptures, it often does the first day in aggressive infections. If stable, it actually does not allow pressure effects of altitude to do anything.

Dr. Anastasia Williams Dr. Williams
Pediatrics
years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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At what age can my infants ears go under water during a bath without a high risk of getting an ear infection? The father had ear infections as a baby.

At what age can my infants ears go under water during a bath without a high risk of getting an ear infection? The father had ear infections as a baby.

No Restriction: Babies can get ear infections with nasal congestion, a cold, allergies or when around smoking. Water entering the ears from the outside does not cause ear infections unless there is a hole in the ear drum. Healthy babies can safely get water in their ears with no problems. In fact, this may help soften wax in a baby ears, as we do not recommend the use of q-tips. So no worries! Hope this helps.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks

Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks

Didn't they treat?: If you have seen a doctor and these things were described, it seems likely that further testing and suggestions for treatment would have been offered. If not, see your family doctor. This could be strep throat, infectious mononucleosis, or half a dozen other illnesses.

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Lisa Roberts Dr. Roberts
Pediatrics
19 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Does an ear discharge mean my baby has an ear infection?

Does an ear discharge mean my baby has an ear infection?

No, could be wax: Not all ear discharge is considered abnormal. Ear wax may drain out of the ear canal and is generally not associated with any pain or discomfort. In a child who has been sick with a cold and severe ear pain, ear drainage could be due to a ruptured ear drum from a middle ear infection. Also if your child has ear tubes, infected drainage may be due to an ear infection as well.

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Dr. Russell Faust Dr. Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

Not necessarily: 2 conditions can result in "fluid" draining from a baby's ear (s): the first is an infection in the ear canal ("otitis externa"); the second is an infection behind the ear drum ("otitis media") that has come through the ear drum and is draining. Some baby's simply accumulate some small amount of bath water in ear canal. If the fluid is not clear, or if the fluid smells bad, get to your doctor.

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Dr. Shalini Sethi Dr. Sethi
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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My oldest got constant ear infections as a baby; does that mean my newborn will as well?

My oldest got constant ear infections as a baby; does that mean my newborn will as well?

Yes: Maybe no, but more likely yes. Ear infections "run in families" because what makes a child likely to get ear infections include inherited traits such as: size & shape of the eustachian tube that drains the ear, size of tonsils & adenoids that affect the hole at the end of the eustachian tube, and how the immune system reacts to smoke/viruses/allergens. Sibs also live in a similar environment!

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Dr. Shalini Sethi Dr. Sethi
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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Can Co-Amoxiclav cure ear infection for a 15months old baby?

Can Co-Amoxiclav cure ear infection for a 15months old baby?

Yes: Co amoxiclav taken in right doses and for right duration can cure ear infections.

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


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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