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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

Most likely: The fluid can represent a middle ear infection which either caused a perforation of the ear drum to release pressure or oozing of fluid through the ear drum. This is particularly suspect if the baby recently has had an upper respiratory infection. Less likely, the fluid can be due to an external otitis (swimmer's ear) where water collects in the ear canal resulting in inflammation and pain. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I leave my inner ear infection untreated?

What does it mean if I leave my inner ear infection untreated?

Middle ear infection: An inner ear infection is very rare and can be very serious. However, you may be referring to otitis media, which is an infected collection of fluid behind the ear drum. If untreated, it will often resolve on its own. However, you can also have complications from it anywhere from simply rupturing the ear drum to more complex things like meningitis or mastoiditis. ...Read more

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Why might a baby get recurring ear infections?

Why might a baby get recurring ear infections?

Collection of issues: The middle ear requires drainage of a mucus created by its walls, the drain has tiny tube size initially that enlarges with age. Infants have recurrent illnesses, many of them in the respiratory tract as it builds its immune system. The tiny tubes block easily with colds, throat germs invade, ear infections occur. As the kid/head grows, this becomes less common. There are other factors. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby keeps getting ear infections?

Consider ENT consult: If your baby is having excessive ear infections, talk with your doctor about whether s/he needs to see a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist. Be sure to identify risk factors first before your go the route of considering seeing the surgeon about tubes. Be sure to avoid second-hand smoke exposure, prolonged pacifier use, and feeding the baby flat with a bottle. ...Read more

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My ears are hurting does that mean I have an ear infection.

My ears are hurting does that mean I have an ear infection.

It might: The common cause of ear pain is a stretch on the ear drum. This occurs as you land from an airplane trip when the air pressure changes. It can occur if the drum has infection in the tissue (myringitis) or there is pressure from an expanding infection in the middle ear. The eardrum also shares a nerve with the jaw, so some tooth problems could cause ear pain. To know for sure it must be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it ok to travel by air with my baby who has outer ear infection?

Is it ok to travel by air with my baby who has outer ear infection?

Yes: An outer ear inection does not react to pressure changes. Safe to fly. ...Read more

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If my family has a history of ear infections, will my baby get them, too?

If my family has a history of ear infections, will my baby get them, too?

Not necessarily: The immune system is very complex, so there are many variables that will affect whether your infant will get ear infections. Most ear infections occur in the setting of colds- so one thing you can control is limiting your infants exposure to people who are sick and by practicing good hand washing. ...Read more

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If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

Not typical: That description is not a normal finding on a child. It could be due to several reasons so it is best to have MD examine it. If there is pain, fever or discharge see MD asao ...Read more

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Could you tell me what homeopathic remedies would you use for a baby with an ear infection?

Could you tell me what homeopathic remedies would you use for a baby with an ear infection?

Motrin: There are no alternatives to treat ear "infections." We tend to be aggressive with treating ear infections here in the US... with antibiotics and tubes - not a bad thing. In Europe, ear infections are treated with Motrin/pain control. The problem with repeat infections is the effect on speech/language development. Put your fingers in your ears - this is what it sounds like with an ear infection. ...Read more

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My baby doesn’t seem sick, but if she keeps pulling on her ear, does she have an ear infection?

My baby doesn’t seem sick, but if she keeps pulling on her ear, does she have an ear infection?

Not necessarily: Babies / toddlers pull at their ears for many reasons, including ear infections. But unlike the sensory nerves on the outside of our bodies, the pain and sensory nerves on the inside (including the ear) are vague for location. The nerves that go to the ear also go to the teeth, the throat and tonsil area, among other places. The most common cause for ear-pulling is teething. If in doubt, see ped. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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