Ear infection?

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Hello. I had vertigo (dizziness when move head) in January during this time I had a sensation of warmth inside the left ear, pulsating left ear like heart beat (i've never heard this before), ear fulness and pressure (I kept opening my mouth to release air and it also felt like something move briefly in the ear. Then this developed into a VI nerve palsy (a swelling on the brain). Does anyone know do these ear symptoms sound like an ear infection or are they symptoms due to having a swelling on the brain? thanks.

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    Sounds like an ear infection, I'm just getting over the infection where I still have the clogged/full ear, pressure. Those symptons have eased off over the last two weeks, it's just the constant ringing sound mainly now, doc said that is part of the ETD I have after the infection. Make sure you get checked out by a GP.
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    I Have this too and all also do several of my friends. Its very strange. The main symptoms are; Ear clogged/Tinnitus, Sore Throat, Cough. Its lasted 4-5 weeks now and is not getting better even after antibiotics. I think its a virus. what are your thoughts? I live in the London Area and as far as I can tell many people have these very unusual symptoms. I think it began with a cold or a flu virus.
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    An ear infection can be caused by several factors, sometimes it is as simple as cold weather, especially wind, where your ear is exposed without proper protection, sometimes it can be a direct or indirect symptom of a bacteriological or viral infection. If left untreated it can spread and cause the inflammation of the VI nerve that leads to nerve palsy.

    If the cause is bacteriological it can be treated with antibiotics and you should see results in seven-ten days. However the VI nerve palsy will take longer to subside, even up to two months.

    If the cause is viral, then antibiotics will not do much at all and you should instead try to keep the inflammation down by using either a topical (ear drops) or an oral anti-inflammatory and wait for the virus to have its course. You can strengthen your immune system response by ways of natural products, like Echinacea for example, or by ways of food supplements like a vitamin complex.

    It is common and perfectly natural to experience small discharges of pus or pus mixed with blood, especially during the night, laying on the infected ear. It is a good sign that your body is working to get rid of the infection. Clean your ear with an ear-bud dipped in a mild disinfectant, avoiding poking too harshly. of course.

    Good luck!

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    Kevin56301

    Are you still suffering any of those symptons? I work in London but live in Kent and I have suffered from all those symptons. My ear still pops and crackles, a bit, and the ringing has not changed, but the other symptons subsided.

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    I still have pulsating sometimes, it muffled and its mixed with ear fullness (in left ear). I think it might be from a dysfunctional eustation tube caused by the ear infection... I going to try and see my GP tomorrow.

    At one point it went to a vibration, so visited GP said might be fluid on ear. I went to see GP back in July last

    year, she said the normally clear part looks grey and it might be hayfever..

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    Sadly also it went to my spine and as soon as I began steroids I got sudden loss of strength in both arms.
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    What did your gp say?
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    Hi. I saw a GP yesterday morning and said I have pulsating in my ear and fullness sometimes, have had for a week. He looked in my ear and said it looks fine but agreed to me seeing an ENT. in the future I walked

    away feeling

    unsatisfied. So I asked in reception if they had any more appointments for yesterday. They had all gone. I

    called 111 and discussed my symptoms with a paramedic., she said best see a different GP in next few hours. So I got

    an appointment at a 111 centre. The GP looked in my ears and it it had bulging in both ears and clear droplets. She said I also had a slight temperature.

    Odd that one GP said nothing wrong, then I see another GP 6 hours later and yes have something in both

    droplets... I won't be seeing that first GP again.

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    Has anyone resolved the ringing ears? I have had similar symptoms ear infection/ sinus infection which I had antibiotics for but a week later I still have ringing and fullness in one ear, its driving me mad! My GP says it can take weeks to clear as it could be a blocked eustation tube which is causing the ringing. Does anyone have any anwers to this?
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    hi im alan from aust have same thing but i have fungle infectuion plus pin hole in ear drum fells like my ear is blocked and loss of hearing and can hear my pluse in my ear,
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    Hi Helen,

    Is your ear problem resolved? If so, how long it took please? I am exactly having same problem as yours for last 2 weeks now.GP changed my mdeicines twice, but not relief yet. It is quite frustrating as quite diffcult to work in office in this condition.

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    The vertigo lasted for about four weeks then recovered but the double vision took many more weeks.  The thing to remember is that if you get any double vision you need to go to A&E.  My vertigo was BPPV and there should be no double vision in BPPV. Not every GP knows there should be no double vision in BPPV.  If you go on the online NHS symptom checker and put in 'double vision' it states to visit A&E as soon as possible.
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    Thanks for your timely response. I forgot to tell you that I dont have double vision problem for time being and has all ear symptoms as you mentioned in your first message. I have another appointment with GP today, so need to see what GP says.
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    Hi Helen, how long it took to your buzzing/vibration go away in the end? My buzzing started last Sunday, without pain (just a very little bit), and I struggle to sleep for the first 3 nights. Then I saw a nurse or doctor in Guy's Hospital at London Bridge (I went to the walking centre as in my GP centre they were too busy to help). This was exactly 1 week ago. That doctor said I had a little infection that will go away in 7 days. Still there, although the symptoms have slow down a bit. I have seen a GP on Friday and he said "give it 2 weeks". Non of them wanted to give me drops or antibiotics. The buzzing has slow down a bit but it''s still there. 
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