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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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...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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What are the symptoms serous otitis media and what is it caused from?

What are the symptoms serous otitis media and what is it caused from?

Fluid in ear: Serous otitis media is simply fluid in the middle ear (behind the ear drum). It can be caused by allergies or viral infections. If fluid stays in this area, it may become infected and need to be treated, but the serous fluid usually clears up on its own. You may have a blocked feeling in your ears, feel pressure, or popping in your ears. ...Read more

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Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks

Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks

??Dangerous ??: I would consider it unusual and a nuisance but not dangerous. If it led to a perforated ear drum, those do take much longer to heal and may require surgery. Adults who get acute otitis generally did so as kids, and many have allergic and or sinus issues that predispose to the problem. I can't buy a cancer or immune defect as a significant factor. ...Read more

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I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

No, but....: A middle ear infection will not cause cough and chest congestion. However, the same virus that caused the middle ear infection in the first place may also have caused lower respiratory tract infection/symptoms. ...Read more

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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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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, ...Read more