Ear Infection

There are three areas of the ear that can become affected by an infection. There is the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. An outer ear infection is more commonly known as swimmer's ear and is the least serious of the three. A middle ear infection is caused by fluid being trapped in the middle ear. An inner ear infection, also known as Labyrinthitis, is an inflammation of the inner ear from either bacteria or a viral infection. These can be categorized as acute, which is usually caused from a type of infection, most commonly after a respiratory infection or cold. The other category is chronic ear infection, or an infection that is persistent and may be the cause of a larger problem and may require further treatment by an ear specialist.


Ear Infection Drugs

Drug nameGeneric NameCoupon
Rocephin
CefaclorCefaclor coupon
Cortisporin TC
Biaxin XL
Vosol
SupraxCefiximeSuprax coupon
Cipro HCCiprofloxacin hydrochloride and hydrocortisoneCipro HC coupon
SulfadiazineSulfadiazine coupon
CedaxCeftibuten dihydrateCedax coupon
Cortane B
CetraxalCiprofloxacinCetraxal coupon
PrimsolTrimethoprim hydrochloridePrimsol coupon
Bicillin L-APenicillin g benzathineBicillin L-A coupon
Bicillin CR 900/300
Bicillin CRPenicillin g benzathine and penicillin g procaineBicillin CR coupon
Pediotic
Erythromycin / sulfisoxazole
Vosol HCHydrocortisone and acetic acidVosol HC coupon
Acetasol HC
Cefpodoxime
AmoxicillinAmoxicillin tablet, film coatedAmoxicillin coupon
ZithromaxAzithromycinZithromax coupon
KeflexCephalexinKeflex coupon
Septra
SulfatrimSulfatrim coupon
BactrimSulfamethoxazole and trimethoprimBactrim coupon
AugmentinAmoxicillin and clavulanate potassiumAugmentin coupon
CefdinirCefdinir coupon
Floxin
Ceftin
CortisporinNeomycin sulfate, polymyxin b sulfate, and hydrocortisone acetateCortisporin coupon
Biaxin
CiprodexCiprofloxacin and dexamethasoneCiprodex coupon
DermoticFluocinolone acetonideDermotic coupon
Antipyrine / benzocaine
Pneumovax 23Pneumococcal vaccine polyvalentPneumovax 23 coupon
CefprozilCefprozil coupon

Ear Infection Symptoms

There are several symptoms of an ear infection and the type of symptoms can help diagnose what area of the ear is infected. Common symptoms include pain and pressure in the ear, hearing impairment, itching of the ear, and sensitivity to touch. A more serious ear infection may have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and a thick yellow discharge from the ear. Ringing in the ears is also a common symptom and in some cases hearing loss can be a symptom as well.

  • Pain or pressure in the ear
  • Hearing impairment
  • Itching of the ear
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Era discharge
  • Hearing loss


Ear Infection Causes

Ear infections are most common in infants and young children but can affect people of all ages. Most commonly, an ear infection is caused when a throat infection, cold, or allergy attack causes fluid to be trapped in the middle ear. Severe pressure changes can also be a cause of an ear infection or ear pain that does not lead to an infection but feels like one. An inner ear infection is caused by a bacterial or viral infection in which the bacteria or virus invades the inner ear. Middle ear infections can also be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, causing fluid to become trapped in the ear. Pay close attention to ear infection symptoms following a throat or sinus infection or severe cold.

  • Throat infection
  • Cold
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection
  • Sinus infection


Ear Infection Diagnosis

When symptoms of an ear infection occur, a visit to a doctor or ear specialist is usually required to diagnose the illness and begin treatment. A doctor will use an instrument called an otoscope to look into the ear to determine if the inner ear is swollen or red. For an outer ear infection an ear swab can be used to determine whether an infection is present. Another test can be administered to check for fluid in the middle ear in which a small amount of air is blown directly at the eardrum, as an eardrum with fluid will not move as much as a healthy one will. Tympanometry is another test that uses sound and air pressure to check for fluid in the middle ear. A hearing test can also be performed to test for an ear infection and in more serious cases, a CT scan of the head can also be administered.

  • Otoscope
  • Ear swab
  • Air test
  • Tympanometry
  • CT scan


Ear Infection Treatment

If you are diagnosed with an ear infection, a medical professional will determine the best course of treatment. Depending where the ear infection is located, will determine what type of treatment is needed.

  • Pain reliever
  • Heating pad
  • Antibiotics


Main Ear Infection Drugs

Amoxicillin Azithromycin Ceftin


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