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  1. Ear Infections - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Ear infection: Should I give my child antibiotics? Ear problems: Should my child be treated for fluid buildup in the middle ear? ...

  2. Ear Infections - Other Treatment

    If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis. A needle goes through the eardrum to remove fluid from behind the eardrum. It helps ease pain. The fluid is sometimes sent to a lab for testing.

  3. Ear Infections - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a middle ear infection (otitis media) often start 2 to 7 days after a cold or other upper respiratory infection.

  4. Endoscopic Surgery for Sinusitis

    In endoscopic sinus surgery, an endoscope is inserted into the nose, providing the doctor with an inside view of the sinuses.

  5. Complications of Ear Infections - Topic Overview

    Complications from ear infections are rare,but they can arise. Some problems that can occur include: Trouble hearing. Hearing problems are usually mild to moderate and are usually temporary. Long-lasting hearing loss is rare. However,some children may have problems learning to talk and to understand speech if they have repeat ear infections. 1 Rupture of the eardrum. If fluid continues to ...

  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. Antibiotics for Middle Ear Infection

    Drug details for Antibiotics for middle ear infection.

  8. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - 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.

  9. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Check Your Symptoms

    This tool will help you check your symptoms if you have a cough.

  10. Frequent Nosebleeds - Topic Overview

    Nosebleeds that recur often are commonly caused by bleeding from the front of the nose (anterior epistaxis). Common causes of this type of nosebleed are: Blowing or picking the nose. Structural problems in the nose,either present from birth (congenital) or caused by an injury. Low humidity. Minor health problems,such as colds or allergies. Minor injuries to the nose. Medicines. Examples ...

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