- Q What causes an acute otitis media ear infection?
Acute otitis media, or a middle ear infection, has several causes. When a child comes down with a cold, the infection causes the middle ear to produce fluid, which can collect behind the eardrum, resulting in a painful ear infection. Sometimes the... Full Answer
- Q What causes perichondritis?
When the outer ear is pierced or injured, bacteria can get into the tissue and can cause perichondritis. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the bacterium most often responsible for this type of infection. These bacteria live primarily in water and in soil. They... Full Answer
- Q How are ear infections diagnosed?
Your doctor will start with a medical history and thorough physical examination, including an assessment of your ears, nose and throat. Then using an instrument called an otoscope, the doctor will assess the condition of your ear. This will allow the... Full Answer
- Q What is an acoustic neuroma?
An acoustic neuroma is a tumor of the eighth cranial nerve, which stretches from the brain to the inner ear. This nerve has two parts: one carries sound, and the other carries information about balance. Therefore, acoustic neuromas often affect hearing... Full Answer
- Q Are herbal medications effective in treating ear infections in children?
Dr. Michael T Murray, Naturopathic MedicineIn the treatment of acute ear infections, an eardrop preparation containing various herbal medicines was shown to be very effective in reducing pain and calming a crying child. In a double-blind trial with 171 children ages 5 to 18, eardrops containing a... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat bacterial ear infections?
Bacterial ear infections happen when fluid build up in the ear cause bacteria to grow in your middle ear or ear canal, resulting in inflammation. Medications are intended to kill the bacteria causing the problem. Amoxicillin is one of the most... Full Answer