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Doctor insights on: What Organ System Does The Ear Belong To

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My 9 mo old grandson has small dimples on the top of his ear loves what could this indicate health or organ wise?

it sounds like you: Are describing fusion points where the precursor hillocks come together to form the external ears. These are not indicators for anything. ...Read more

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One Dr said vancomycin capsules for cdiff don't cause hearing/ pain in ear because it's not absorbed in system. Why does the pharmacy sheet say it can?

One Dr said vancomycin capsules for cdiff don't cause hearing/ pain in ear because it's not absorbed in system. Why does the pharmacy sheet say it can?

Clostridium dificile: Oral vancomycin is essentially the same product as what the administer IV so the drug fact sheet refers to this. You doctor is exactly right, its not absorbed and does not cause any hearing issues or ear pain. ...Read more

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How long does it take the immune system to respond to an ear infection?

How long does it take the immune system to respond to an ear infection?

Respond or cured ?: If you mean in the middle ear, that varies. Once there is any fever or pain there are local chemical factors released that are part of the immune response. Viral agents would likely be cleared within a week, while bacteria could be walled off & cleared in 8-12 weeks. However, sometimes these become chronic, can erode bone or form an abscess. ...Read more

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I use ear wax removal systems for my ears. Do you have any precautions or concerns with those?

Ear wax removal: As long as your ear is not occluded with hard, compacted wax (cerumen) ear wax removal systems can be quite beneficial to clear wax from ear canals. You may however, need the assistance of a otolaryngologist to clean your ears with specialty instruments for best results. Some primary practitioners are able to irrigate the ears. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus *lead* to deafness, or damage your ear or neurological system? The cause-effect wording is intentional.

Can tinnitus *lead* to deafness, or damage your ear or neurological system? The cause-effect wording is intentional.

Tinnitus : It's completely opposite of what you suggest. Tinnitus is a sign or symptom often associated with hearing loss. Tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, nor does it damage your hearing or neurologic system. ...Read more

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Could the bad state of my teeth & gums cause music playing in my ears, same song on Hammond Organ over & over & over! HELP!

Could the bad state of my teeth & gums cause music playing in my ears, same song on Hammond Organ over & over & over! HELP!

Um, no: There is no direct correlation between the extensive dental treatment that you need and the perceived melodies you are experiencing. I suggest you visit a local dentist for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Extremely unlikely: Even though theoretically, severe and chronic ear infection involving bone erosion leading to brain involvement, I have yet heard of one. As for acute ear infection, the risk is likely zero. ...Read more

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I'm a teacher and I have had 5-6 ear/ sinus infections since oct. Only one antibiotic works and its hard on my system. What can I do ?

I'm a teacher and I have had 5-6 ear/ sinus infections since oct. Only one antibiotic works and its hard on my system. What can I do ?

Sinus infections: Find out what you are allergic to and treat that. An ENT doctor can help you. They can also see if you have an anatomical abnormality which predisposes you to an infection. Good luck ! ...Read more

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How can the immune system effect my childs risk for recurrent sinus and ear infections

How can the immune system effect my childs risk for recurrent sinus and ear infections

Vaccines are key: The immune system can create protective antibodies after infections (igg) that help prevent re-infection. Vaccines are artificial infections that safely create igg. Strep. Pneumoniae is a bacteria that is responsible for up to 1/2 of all sinus and ear infections, the pneumococcal vaccine pcv-13 and pcv-23 can reduce the risk for s.Pneumo infections. Vaccinate your children. ...Read more

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Hard of hearing from 2-3years.Doctor says is due to weakening of nerve to brain system not ear and using AID will make him habitual and further loss.

Hard of hearing from 2-3years.Doctor says is due to weakening of nerve to brain system not ear and using AID will make him habitual and further loss.

Hearing aid adjust: Hearing aids can potentially cause further nerve damage if the volume setting is too high. Should be professionally adjusted. As far as habituation goes , One may depend on them to hear but the hearing aids themselves don't CAUSE one to depend on them just like glasses don't cause worsening vision. ...Read more

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How can I boost my 8 month old immune system before the winter comes is there a medication or certain foods ican give he catches throat&ear infec alot?

How can I boost my 8 month old immune system before the winter comes is there a medication or certain foods ican give he catches throat&ear infec alot?

Immune boosting: No. There is no magical formula to improve immune function. Young children are more susceptible to infection because they have not been exposed to many of the common pathogens present in the community and it takes time for them to build up the prerequisite antibodies to reduce the frequency of future attacks. There are some babies with immune deficiency but this must be detected by pediatriiacian. ...Read more

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Was rx'd z pack 250 for sinus w/ear infection. After 5 days no improvement. Was then rx'd augmentum 875. Safe to take with z pack still in my system?

Sinustis.: Zithromax is not a good medicine for sinus infection. Bugs causing this type of infections are resistant to this medicine. This medicine may cause arrhythmias and other heart problems.Recent guideline stresses upon not to use it for infections which can be treated with other antibiotics. Augmenting is an excellent choice. You can take it safely. ...Read more

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I am 25 now. I have not good digestive system(no pain but fairly loose stool), etchy ear, fairly blocked nose(more at nights). Is there any connection?

I am 25 now. I have not good digestive system(no pain but fairly loose stool), etchy ear, fairly blocked nose(more at nights). Is there any connection?

Yes indeed: All those symptoms are due to poor diet. I usually suspect sugar as the villain because that automatically needs more vitamin b to process it. It may go further than that by providing a pleasure signal to the brain. ...Read more

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Sinus infection with ear dysfunction. Not on antibiotics due to prior cdiff. Can I take flu shot while on nasacort. Low immune system.age 61.

Sinus infection with ear dysfunction. Not on antibiotics due to prior cdiff. Can I take flu shot while on nasacort. Low immune system.age 61.

Should not matter: It should not matter whether a person is using Nasacort or not. Such a person should get the annual flu shot, if there is no other reason why he should not get the shot. Nasacort usage does not change one's decision about a flu shot. ...Read more

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2 weeks after flu shot, tender and swollen occipital lymph nodes on right side of head and behind ear - possibly be immune system reaction or virus?

2 weeks after flu shot, tender and swollen occipital lymph nodes on right side of head and behind ear  - possibly be immune system reaction or virus?

Look elsewhere: This is very unlikely to be attributable to the flu shot. Since it is so localized have your scalp and ear examined. Thinking outside the box, sometimes knots in the muscles can be mistaken for lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone 4MG Dospak 21s were prescribed for double ear infection for a period of 6 days. Is my immune system lowered with this small dosage?

Methylprednisolone 4MG Dospak 21s were prescribed for double ear infection for a period of 6 days. Is my immune system lowered with this small dosage?

Unlikely: It takes a much higher dose of cortisone for a much longer duration to impact the immune system clinically although steroid has been found to cause increased breakdown of immunoglobulins. ...Read more