What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

Infection. An ear infection is when bacteria or viral bugs get into the spaces of your ear causing swelling and infection. This can affect hearing or cause pain.
Inflammation. A middle ear infection ( otitis media) is a very common problem seen mainly in children but it can be seen in all ages. This is an infection behind the ear drum and is related to dysfunction of he eustachian tube.

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Best way to treat a middle ear infection?

Otitis media. If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus. If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. Read more...

What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

Variable. The middle ear is the space behind the ear drum. Symptoms could include pain, pressure, hearing loss, drainage, dizziness, ringing noise. If suspected, get it checked out. Read more...

Could you have a middle ear infection without pain?

Maybe. Pain from a middle ear infection often comes from excessive pressure in the ear. If you have a hole in the eardrum you likely wouldn't have pain because the pressure can't build up, but you would likely have a significant amount of drainage from the ear in that case. With a cold you can have a noninfected effusion in the middle ear and these may not be painful (though you can have hearing loss). Read more...

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media. Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. Read more...

How many days csn it take to clear up a middle ear infection?

Depends. During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks.If the infection ; muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed ; ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. Read more...