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Why Is Your Earlobe Swollen Red And Hot If You Have An Outer Ear Infection
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
I have a muffled left ear with pain on the inside, down my neck and jaw line. I cannot feel anything swollen in any of these areas, no redness or any lumps. Could this be an ear infection?
Yes: Please see your GP who might prescribe you antibiotics ...Read more
How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.
I had a external ear infection which cleared up with some drops then about a week or two later I got post nasal &feels like my lymph nodes swollen.?
Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing
It: It is not common for the external ear to be affected with a middle ear infection (the kind of ear infection you get with colds). An outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) can cause redness and drainage, but is fairly painful. Eye drainage, however, can be a sign of middle ear infection. Since he is 2 years old and may not be able to tell you if his ear feels different, you should give his doctor a call and have him checked out. ...Read more
Taking cipro for an ear infection while travelling. Today I was in the hot sun and devolved a slightly red rash on my exposed chest and neck. Issue?
Oral Cipro dangerous: Cipro and related fluoroquinilones have now been condemned by the FDA for use in simple infections such as otitis media, because of the significant risk of horrendous side effects, ranging from sudden death from a single dose (it may cause torsade de points), or months of agonizing pain associated with rupture of multiple tendons. It was developed by the Army as a treatment for germ warfare. ...Read more
Have had recurring ear infections, but no infection at Thanksgiving. Now have painful mastoiditis symptoms, pain behind left ear and very red hot ear. Going to ear doctor, but how urgent is this? Emergency or just good to go in?
Is a serious infection. Due to its proximity to intracranial structures the chance of intracranial infection like meningitis is high
so it is urgent that you should see your doctor immediately so he may treat you with IV antibiotics after doing a radiologic study of your mastoid ands other sinuses ...Read more
History of sinus infection/ear infections. New symptoms of mastoiditis, pain behind ear, hot red ear, went into ENT, everything checked out normal, was told TMJ "bad jaw joint". Woke up moisture in ear, and pain only in ear, hurts when exhaling.
Seek second opinion: Contrary to popular belief everyone has a hard time diagnosing 100% of the time. Another set of eyes never hurts :) ...Read more
Exam helpful: It is hard to tell from the info you've given if the 2 issues are related or not. Sometimes people can get a viral infection like shingles that could affect both your ear and your eye. However, usually otitis externa (outer ear infection) usually resolves with drops e.g. sofradex + keeping the ear dry. When you say eye infection, do you mean the lids or is the eye itself red? ...Read more
I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can I do to minimize pain during the flight??? : (
Outer vs Middle:
Outer ear infections (swimmers ear, external otitist) are not affected by changes in air pressure. Middle ear problems (otitis media - fluid behind eardrum) IS affected by air pressure changes. If outer ear and having pain, risky to take trip. If inner ear - risky to take trip. You can to things like decongestants, antibiotics. Still risky.
Good luck!!!! ...Read more
Can I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?
Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're unsure, you'll have to see your primary care for an exam. ...Read more
Why is my hearing still muffled after an outer ear infection that is healed? How long will it last?
Hearing: Either ear canal is blocked with debris or have fluid in middle ear. See ENT and get audiogram. ...Read more
Hello I was diagnosed with an outer ear infection on friday and been on ear drops since. But not getting any better they put a ear wick in to help?
Possible: An ear wick can help if the canal is very swollen and preventing the drops from entering the canal. ...Read more
A few days: An outer ear infection (swimmers ear) will get better quickly with proper treatment including medicated ear drops. It may take a few days but as long as the drops get in the ear canal within 2 or 3 days you will be better. If the drops don't go in you will need to see a doctor to have a small piece of sponge put in your ear called a "wick". ...Read more
Possibly: The lymph nodes behind the ear are among the first to drain the ear region. Any infection if the ear, middle ear or outer ear, can often cause these lymph nodes to swell. As far back as the occiput is less likely, but still possible. ...Read more
Can I fly with an outer ear infection? Currently I have some mild discomfort and a swollen lymph node behind my ear.
I have a swollen tonsil on the left side. What could that be from? I recently had a ear infection on same side.
Hi, I have a bad ear infection, It's right on the edge of my ear and feels swollen. I think I scratched it and that's what caused it. Help?!
Ear infection: One of the more common reasons for external ear infections is some type of trauma to the ear - like a cotton tip applicator or even injury from getting a hair cut or piercings. Redness, tenderness, swelling, drainage from the site or ear should be treated to prevent an infection of the ear cartilage called Chondritis or Perichondritis. ...Read more
Not typically: If the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is intact, it serves as a barrier that protects the middle ear from organisms which may enter the external ear canal. If the tympanic membrane is perforated (e.g. From trauma) or surgically opened (e.g. For ear tubes), then there is a direct route for passage of infectious organisms from the outer ear into the middle ear space. ...Read more
Not directly: The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more
Mastoiditis: Pain behind the ear associated with ear infections can be due to an inflamed lymph node. A more concerning scenario is mastoiditis, an infection of a bony part of the skull. This is usually accompanied by fever, tenderness and displacement of the pinna (pushed forward) and requires immediate medical intervention. ...Read more
No: This will not affect your infection whatsoever. ...Read more
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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