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Do Adults Get Ear Infections?

i know it sounds silly, but do they? also, how do you get one? ive only heard of children getting them.

reason im asking: i woke up w/ a lot of pressure in my ear that i couldnt get out. i tried yawning, chewing gum, & the hold your breath & push method. nothing worked. my DH thought it might be from too much ear wax so he irrigated my ear for me. it worked for about 6 hours, but now it has come back & hurts more than before. it doesnt hurt too bad, just kinda annoying, like a mild headache. any advice?

 
okmanders

Asked by okmanders at 10:28 PM on Oct. 11, 2009 in Health

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Answers (9)
  • Yes, adults get ear infections too and you get them like any other infection. I had one so bad that I couldn't hear out of one ear. I think they hurt worse as an adult than as a child. If you think you have one, do NOT fool around, call the doctor and get checked out. Untreated ear infections can cause damage to the ears.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:44 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • Oh, yes, adults get them. I've had them! Usually if I've had a sinus infection.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:29 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • yes adults do get them. maybe from wax build up....ur jaws will hurt also if u do have a ear infection
    firstimemomm603

    Answer by firstimemomm603 at 10:29 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • YES! I took an ex-boyfriend to the emergency room once because of an ear infection... first time I saw a grown man cry.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:33 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • Yep. For me it's usually the next step for nasty sinus infections.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:50 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • Sure do. I've been on 6 different antibiotics since this past December for a recurring one. I have more problems with them now than when I was a child. I'm in so much pain at the moment and want to rip my ear off!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • ABSOLUTELY! My mother just had one following a sore throat and sinus infection, it was in her inner ear. It caused such bad vertigo that we took her to the ER to have a CT scan to make sure it wasnt some kind of tumor or stroke. She could barely walk for nearly a week. Finally, they put her on some steroids and meds for the dizziness and she is fine
    Minimelda

    Answer by Minimelda at 11:33 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

  • Yes! I had one a couple years ago, so bad all I wanted to do was sleep.
    OneToughMami

    Answer by OneToughMami at 12:24 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I have ear infections all the time its the worse!!!
    ilovemyaj

    Answer by ilovemyaj at 2:39 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

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