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Acute otitis media

Otitis media (Latin for "inflammation of the middle ear") is the medical term for middle ear infection. Although several subtypes of otitis media are distinguished, the term is often used synonymously with acute otitis media. It is very common in childhood.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with acute otitis media, 84% report having ear pain, 70% report having fever, and 67% report having cough. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of acute otitis media are ear pain, redness in ear, fluid in ear, and pulling at ears, although you may still have acute otitis media without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with acute otitis media often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, ophthalmic examination and evaluation, other therapeutic ear procedures, other respiratory therapy, tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy and diagnostic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with acute otitis media include amoxicillin, augmentin, cefdinir, brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine, ofloxacin, prednisolone-sodium sulfacetamide ophthalmic, cefprozil, chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine, brompheniramine / pseudoephedrine, benzylpenicilloyl polylysine (pre-pen), cefixime (suprax), benzocaine topical and glycerin ophthalmic .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for acute otitis media include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
3.7x
1-4 years
6.8x
5-14 years
2.6x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.4x
45-59 years
0.2x
60-74 years
0.3x
75+ years
0.1x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.0x
Other
0.6x
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