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When can I fly after otitis media?

When can I fly after otitis media?

Flying with OM: You should be able to fly with otitis media (om), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear(s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear(s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear(s) take Claritin and sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and afrin (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. An infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


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Can I fly with an otitis media ear infection?

I would not: Otitis media, a middle ear infection, can cause significant pain when you go up or down in an aircraft. See your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Help about some questions regarding to my acute otitis media while flying?

Help about some questions regarding to my acute otitis media while flying?

Ok: Might be painful but it also depends on how long you have been on antibiotics. You may not experience discomfort. Take tyelenol or Ibuprofen to help alleviate pain. ...Read more

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What is otitis media?

What is otitis media?

Middle ear infection: Otitis Media is the term used for infection in the middle ear ...Read more

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Is otitis media painful?

Is otitis media painful?

Yes: Often otitis media is painful due to the pressure build up in the middle ear from the infection. ...Read more

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What causes otitis media?

Otitis media: The middle ear space should contain air but it may become filled with fluid (mucus), which typically occurs during a cold.The mucus may then become infected by germs (bacteria or viruses). This may then lead to otitis media. ...Read more

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What the heck is otitis media?

What the heck is otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about otitis media?

Can you tell me about otitis media?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection. ...Read more

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Can recurring otitis media be cured?

Yes: I wonder if infant experiences simply a recurring or frequent ear infection or if infant carries a persistent middle ear effusion between the bouts of infection. The latter is often the case requiring tympanostomy "tubes.". ...Read more

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For how long does otitis media last?

Depends: Uncomplicated can clear up in days. However, can last for weeks to months and never completely clear. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of otitis media?

Earache FeverDischar: The symptoms are
Pain in the ear
Fever
Ear Discharge
Hearing Loss
Irritability in infants ...Read more

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Otitis media is characterised by what?

PainDrainageHearingL: Otitis media usually presents with pain in the affected ear may or may not be associated with hearing loss and sometimes fever.And can also present with purulent drainage ...Read more

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Could recurring otitis media be cured ?

Could recurring otitis media be cured ?

Recurrent otitis: Talk to a ear doctor about tympanostomy tubes to help you. ...Read more

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How long does otitis media usually last?

How long does otitis media usually last?

Infection controlled: Otitis media is infection of the middle ear and it needs to be under the care of a physician. It is not somethng to ignore. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about otitis media?

Can you tell me more about otitis media?

Middle ear infection: This is typically a bacterial infection of the middle ear, not the outer ear(canal) or inner ear. It usually is triggered by a viral upper respiratory infection or allergies. Treatment involves decongestants, mucus thinners (guaifenesin), sometimes nasal or oral steroids, and usually antibiotics. ...Read more

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Home remedies for otitis media dangerous?

Home remedies for otitis media dangerous?

Some might: Many episodes of OM are viral and self heal with no intervention. Some bacterial ear infections would self heal over months like before antibiotics. Some are triggered by aggressive bacteria and can lead to perforated ear drums, chronic infection, mastoiditis, and long term health implications. The danger of any self treatment is delay of proper diagnosis,treatment & potential for complications. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat otitis media?

What's the safest way to treat otitis media?

Symptomatic Therapy: Most ear infections are viral infections and, depending on the age group and certain other factors, often can be managed without antibiotics or other specific therapy as they are self limiting. These usually require only symptomatic therapy such as Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen for pain. Occasionally they are bacterial and require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for otitis media?

What are some home remedies for otitis media?

Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. ...Read more

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What are symptoms and tests for otitis media?

What are symptoms and tests for  otitis media?

Ear pain , otoscopy: Symptoms include ear pain, fever, and hearing loss. Tests for otitis media include physical exam with an otoscope. A hearing test may help as well. ...Read more

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How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes of otitis media?

Viruses and bacteria: Most ear infections are caused by viruses. Most bacterial infections are caused by pneumococcus and haemophilus strains. Many bacterial ear infections will follow a cold or other respiratory infection. Often there is a lack of proper drainage from the middle ear into the throat. This drainage problem contributes to children having more ear infections than teens and adults. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do , if I have otitis media?

Some debate: I would recommend seeing a doctor to establish the diagnosis. Then you may benefit from antibiotics, as well as other medicines to help the underlying cause. Don't recommend ignoring it. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the best medicine for otitis media?

Viral or bacterial: It depends on the cause. If it suspected viral infection- there is no treatment, it will resolve on its own. If it believed to be bacterial, your primary doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics for you. ...Read more

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Pretty positive I have otitis media, how should I proceed?

Pretty positive I have otitis media, how should I proceed?

Time for a visit: Om is diagnosed by inspecting the ear drum on physical exam and finding evidence of inflammation and or pus behind the ear drum. Some may also do a pressure test to verify fluid behind the drum but this is seldom needed.Treatment is based on exam findings. ...Read more

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The dr said i had otitis media. How long does it take to heal?

7-10 days: Most cases of otitis media resolve with antibiotics within 7-10 days, but fluid may last up to 1 month. Hearing loss usually accompanies this diagnosis, so if your hearing is down in the affected ear, your diagnosis is probably accurate. Try decongestants and popping your ears to clear the fluid faster and finish your antibiotics. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can otitis media become if left untreated?

Please tell me what can otitis media become if left untreated?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Serious otitis media, can you tell me what can I do about this?

Be seen: What is serious otitis media? Have you been seen? Are you on antibiotics? Other things that can help include...Garlic/willow drops in the ear, homeopathic remedies like belladonna or pulsatilla or chamomille.. You can learn more form homeopathy at home by m panos or by seeing a homeopathic practitioner in your area. ...Read more

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Please tell me about adult with otitis media---how long until it clears up?

Depends on the adult: Most infections resolve in 10 days. Sometimes fluid behind the eardrum can last a few weeks. Chiropractic and craniosacral therapy can help clear that. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It ...Read more