What are the tests for ear infection?

Normally dont test. We normally don't test. You can determine an infection based on history and how the canal, and ear drum looks.
Physical findings. The diagnosis of ear infection (or otitis media) requires the presence of ear pain (fussiness and/or crying in an infant), as well as abnormal otoscopic findings on examination of the ear. Ancillary tests can also be reduced movement of the eardrum with insufflation and abnormal tympanogram tracings.

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Can CRP blood be used to detect ear infection. Does low CRP exclude ear infection? What other tests are used

Examination of ear. CRP is one of the indicators of inflammation, though it is not elevated in all infections. Detection of ear infection should start with an examination of the ear by a doctor. Blood test may not reveal any abnormality in case of localized ear infection. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

Hi I took my little girl to the dr for ear infection dr said we are going run a few test what above below be nenes the said she was behind development?

Delayed development. so what it sounds like is the ear infection was incidental to the finding of developmental delay. There are many reasons for delayed development. There is speech and language, gross motor, fine motor skills developmental delay. Each category has its own reasons. . Read more...

My question is about my son who has been sufering from ligjtheadedness and confusion for a few weeks. He did a course of anti virals for an inner ear infection. He has juts started a repeat course. We have had extensive tests done still no change?

Mental test needed. Confusion in a young man should be evaluated with formal testing by a health care professional (neurologist, psychologist). It could be related to an exposure but it could also be a sign of a brain infection, injury, or damage of some sort (blood vessels or toxic exposure). Read more...
Confusion. is extremely concerning in a young man or child.
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5 yr old diag with sinus/left ear infection. 100.5 temp. No cough, very congested. Dr said no flu like symptoms or strep symptoms, so no test. Worry?

Depends. How long have they been sick? If it has been a day or two then they may get better on their own. If 5-7 days, then they may need treatment. Especially if they think there is sinusitis, the complications can occur quickly. Either way i would use nasal saline a couple times a day to help thin secretions. Read more...

Signs of an ear infection?

Ear pain, redness. While ear infections can have many signs and symptoms, a few suggest the need to be examined by a health professional. Ear infections can be on the outside including the ear and canal, and some in the middle ear. Drainage of pus or blood is a clear sign of a problem. Pain, swelling and redness are also concerning. If you feel sick, or have a fever it suggests a possible systemic infection. Read more...
Ear Infection Signs. Ear infection symptoms include pain, hearing loss, and fever. Usually, these symptoms follow an upper respiratory infection, especially the common cold, in young children. Adults experience ear infections infrequently, but often may have ear pain. Read more...