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Otitis media

Also known as Middle Ear Infection

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 otitis media, 86% report having ear pain, 76% report having fever, and 71% report having cough. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of otitis media are ear pain, redness in ear, pulling at ears, and fluid in ear, although you may still have otitis media without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with otitis media often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, nebulizer therapy, influenzavirus antibody assay, other therapeutic ear procedures, tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, diagnostic procedures on ear and other respiratory therapy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with otitis media include amoxicillin, augmentin, cefdinir, ofloxacin, carbinoxamine / pseudoephedrine, cefprozil, carbamide peroxide otic, cefaclor (ceclor), cefixime (suprax), antipyrine / benzocaine, brompheniramine / phenylephrine, erythromycin / sulfisoxazole and carbinoxamine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine .

Amoxicillin
$6
(7 days)
Augmentin
$22
(7 days)
Cefdinir
$37
(7 days)
Ofloxacin
$19
(14 days)
Cefprozil
$48
(7 days)
Carbamide Peroxide Otic

Cefaclor (Ceclor)
$37
(7 days)
Cefixime (Suprax)
$97
(7 days)

Who is at risk?

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

Age

< 1 years
4.5x
1-4 years
6.4x
5-14 years
2.2x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
0.4x
45-59 years
0.3x
60-74 years
0.2x
75+ years
0.1x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.9x
Other
1.0x
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