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Ear Infections

OTITIS EXTERNA
[OUTER EAR INFECTION]

ear pain

NORMAL EAR

ear infections

OTITIS MEDIA
[MIDDLE EAR INFECTION]

ear infection

ACUTE OTITIS EXTERNA

  • It is an infection of the skin of the external auditory canal
  • Mostly seen after swimming [we call it swimmer’s ear]
  • The usual cause is either Staph Aureus or Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • It causes swelling and severe pain in the ear canal
  • It is usually treated with antibiotics + steroids ear drops
  • If the swelling is severe an ear wick is inserted [ urgent care , ER or ENT office]
  • If the infection is spreading beyond the ear canal to the skin around the ear then oral antibiotics should be added
  • In diabetic and immunosuppressed patients a fulminant infection can spread deep into the bone and this is called Malignant Otitis Externa, it is usually treated in the hospital with IV antibiotics.

ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA

  • It is usually caused by a blocked Eustachian tube [A] trapping respiratory bacteria and viruses in the middle ear cavity leading to [B] formation a pocket of infection (abscess in case of bacterial infection)
  • Infections are usually more common in pre school children due to the short and straight Eustachian tube while adults have a long and kinked tube
  • Common symptoms are fever and ear pain:  Diminished hearing , vertigo and ringing may occur
  • Diagnosis is usually made by finding an angry red bulging inflamed tympanic membrane [ear drum] with effusion or fluids build up
  • Treatment in children is recommended if:
    1-There is pus draining from ear or
    2- There is moderate to severe pain for 2 days or
    3-Temp is 102 or higher

The usual 1st line antibiotic is Amoxil

For severe or recurrent infections we use Augmentin Or Omnicef

****  Recurrent infections in children requires ENT consultation for possible ear tubes placement

NORMAL EAR

ear infections

OTITIS EXTERNA [OUTER EAR INFECTION]

ear pain

ACUTE OTITIS EXTERNA 

  • It is an infection of the skin of the external auditory canal
  • Mostly seen after swimming [we call it swimmer’s ear]
  • The usual cause is either Staph Aureus or Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • It causes swelling and severe pain in the ear canal
  • It is usually treated with antibiotics + steroids ear drops
  • If the swelling is severe an ear wick is inserted [ urgent care , ER or ENT office]
  • If the infection is spreading beyond the ear canal to the skin around the ear then oral antibiotics should be added
  • In diabetic and immunosuppressed patients a fulminant infection can spread deep into the bone and this is called Malignant Otitis Externa ,it is usually treated in the hospital with IV antibiotics

OTITIS MEDIA [MIDDLE EAR INFECTION]

ear infection
  • ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA
  • It is usually caused by a blocked Eustachian tube [A] trapping respiratory bacteria and viruses in the middle ear cavity leading to [B] formation a pocket of infection (abscess in case of bacterial infection)
  • Infections are usually more common in pre school children due to the short and straight Eustachian tube while adults have a long and kinked tube
  • Common symptoms are fever and ear pain:  Diminished hearing , vertigo and ringing may occur
  • Diagnosis is usually made by finding an angry red bulging inflamed tympanic membrane [ear drum] with effusion or fluids build up
  • Treatment in children is recommended if:
    1-There is pus draining from ear or
    2- There is moderate to severe pain for 2 days or
    3-Temp is 102 or higher

The usual 1st line antibiotic is Amoxil

For severe or recurrent infections we use Augmentin Or Omnicef

****  Recurrent infections in children requires ENT consultation for possible ear tubes placement

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