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The Difference Between Outer and Middle Ear Infections

August 16, 2019

Today I want to talk about the difference
of what’s called a swimmer’s ear or an external ear infection and a more typical middle ear
infection or what we often think of as just ear infections with little kids. So, swimmer’s ear or external ear infection
involves the space between the external ear, that opening, and the tympanic membrane or
the eardrum, along that canal itself. What happens with that is that canal which
is lined with skin starts getting really inflamed and infected. Kids can sometimes manifest it as having pain
when they chew or when they’re talking or classically they may have pain right here. The best way to treat that initially is to
use some topical ear drops which can get a concentrated antibiotic right to that source
right there. When it gets really bad then a pediatrician
will say why don’t we have you go and see ENT because there’s just no way for those
drops to get in, and at times we’ll go ahead and access the ear take a look at it, we even
have a couple of special instruments in our office to be able to take a look, and we can
do some more treatment there and then at that time and recommend a good course of treatment
afterwards. The more classic ear infection is what we
call a middle ear infection and that’s where pus and fluid builds up behind the eardrum,
or what we call the tympanic membrane. That typically occurs when we start to have
upper respiratory symptoms, a cough, a cold, lots of snotty nose, and at that point as
symptoms continue to get worse many parents will go see either their pediatrician or they’ll
go see urgent care. There your health care provider will take
a look at the ears and look for if there’s a red, pussed out, bulging eardrum, which
is the classic signs for having an ear infection and at that time may prescribe
an oral antibiotic. Ear infections are very common, so if you
have concerns if your child has an ear infection, be it an external ear infection or a middle
ear infection, give us a call, come on in and we’ll be happy to take care of them.


  • Reply Jayeshbhai Nandotiya March 25, 2019 at 10:55 am

    nice details madam

  • Reply ROBEARDO barker April 6, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Kids lol. I’m 21 and get inner ear infections 1-3 times a year.

  • Reply ginax marie April 19, 2019 at 2:24 am

    I was born with Swimmer Ear and still have it

  • Reply Miguel Ayala April 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I have my first ear infection but i believe its not inner ear. Sometimes the back of my ear hurts for half a sec and stops for the rest of the day.

    I produce a lot of ear wax every month, i take drops to make the wax loose so my mother can take all the wax she can.

  • Reply Paul Kersey May 29, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I'm sick and tired of all these ear infection videos talking as if only kids get them. HELLO… I'm an adult and have been having issues with my right ear my whole life! What about us?

  • Reply Larry1980s June 6, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    back in 1996 I had middle ear infection and I had surgery for that they had go in middle ear and removed effected area now ever since im all good so far but ever since I been having breathing problems since they placed air tube down my throat I cant seem on my own automatically anymore I get alot shortness of breath ever since

  • Reply Zombie Zeus June 15, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I got swimmers ear today in Mexico and It hurt so bad! 😭

  • Reply Kevin flynn July 9, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I’ve had 3 ear infections since the last 3 months

  • Reply Janie Kate July 16, 2019 at 12:46 am

    So basically, I got swimmers ear a couple weeks ago and then got it again a couple of days ago. It hurts so bad and so much worse than inner ear infections. And trust me I would know because I have had SEVERAL inner ear infections. Just wanted to say that.

  • Reply Adil ClappedYou July 19, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    she said all that with a blocked nose.

  • Reply Happily msp July 25, 2019 at 7:24 am

    i had a ear infection on my left ear and after getting a liquid medicine for it, it moved to my right ear.. why? and i havent swimmed cuz the doctors told me i couldnt swim for 10 days

  • Reply Rayne Hayes July 29, 2019 at 8:32 pm


  • Reply Blind_night July 29, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Atm I’m having a ear infection and it hurts like a motherfoker and it’s 23:00 fokk me😐

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