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Why is your earlobe swollen red and hot if you have an outer ear infection?

Why is your earlobe swollen red and hot if you have an outer ear infection?

Otitis externa: An outer ear infection (or swimmers ear) can be quite painful and causes swelling of the ear canal and outer ear and lobe (in some cases). These infections require drops at a minimum and may require oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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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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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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How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.

How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults?  Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.

Ear infection: can be of the inner ear and external ear either ways I am sure your physician will treat it appropriately including antibiotic ear drops generally 2-3 weeks are required depending of the severity ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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), ormonths of agonizing pain associated with rupture of multiple tendons. It was developed by the Army as a treatment for germ warfare agent ...Read more

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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?

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?

Mastoiditis: 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

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Could your earlobe become red and swollen if I have an ear infection?

Could your earlobe become red and swollen if I have an ear infection?

Ear Lobe: A red and swollen earlobe does not mean you have an ear infection. The only way to make that diagnosis is to have your doctor examine your ear with an otoscope. ...Read more

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I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

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

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How long does an outer ear infection last?

Until treated: It can last until successfully treated. Best to see your otlaryngologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Why is my hearing still muffled after an outer ear infection that is healed? How long will it last?

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

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How long does it take for an outer ear infection to get better?

How long does it take for an outer ear infection to get better?

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

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Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Antibiotic drops: Usually drops are used, as well keeping the ear dry (no water exposure). ...Read more

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Can an outer ear infection cause a swollen occipital lymph node?

Can an outer ear infection cause a swollen occipital lymph node?

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

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