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Redness in ear

Also known as Inner ear erythema, Red ear, Ear Inflammation, and Otitis

Otitis is a general term for inflammation or infection of the ear, in both humans and other animals.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of redness in ear are otitis media, common cold, and otitis externa (swimmer's ear). Other possible causes, such as chronic sinusitis, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with redness in ear, 43% report having fever, 37% report having nasal congestion, and 36% report having ear pain.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with redness in ear often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, excision, tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, other therapeutic ear procedures, influenzavirus antibody assay, diagnostic procedures on ear and diagnostic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with redness in ear include cefdinir, ofloxacin, cefixime (suprax), nitrous oxide, sevoflurane, m-cresyl acetate otic, chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine, chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine / pyrilamine, chloroxylenol/hydrocortisone/pramoxine otic, cerivastatin, polymyxin b sulfate, acetaminophen / pseudoephedrine and ropivacaine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for redness in ear include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
5.0x
1-4 years
6.7x
5-14 years
1.9x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.3x
45-59 years
0.3x
60-74 years
0.2x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
1.0x
Other
0.9x
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