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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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  1. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

    Ear pain may be the first symptom of an ear infection,especially if you have moderate to severe ear pain during or shortly after you have a cold. Other symptoms of an ear infection may include: Swelling,heat,or tenderness around or behind the ear. Redness of the ear,ear canal,or skin around or behind the ear. Drainage from the ear that does not look like earwax. Itching of the ear or ...

  2. Tubes for Ear Infections

    Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections.

  3. Tympanocentesis for Ear Infections

    Tympanocentesis is the removal of fluid from behind the eardrum. The doctor uses a special needle with a tube attached to collect the sample of fluid. A culture and sensitivity test is usually done on the sample of fluid. Before the test, your child may get medication to help him or her relax. Or, a doctor or nurse may apply medication directly to the eardrum to numb the area. If there is a lot ..

  4. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent a cough. To help reduce your risk, wash your hands frequently during the cold and flu season.

  5. Ear Infections - When To Call a Doctor

    For ear infections, call your health professional immediately if your child has a severe injury to the ear, sudden hearing loss, severe pain, drainage from the ear, dizziness, or your child seems to be very sick with symptoms such as a high fever and stif

  6. Ear Infections - Exams and Tests

    Middle ear infections are usually diagnosed using a health history, a physical exam, and an ear exam. With a middle ear infection, the eardrum, when seen through a pneumatic otoscope, is red or yellow and bulging. In the case of fluid buildup without infe

  7. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    Coughing is the body's way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages -- or reacting to an irritated airway.

  8. Ear Infections - Cause

    Learn about middle ear infections, which are caused by bacteria and viruses.

  9. Antibiotics for Middle Ear Infection

    Drug details for Antibiotics for middle ear infection.

  10. Ear Infections - What Happens

    Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur along with an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

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