What causes ear infection followed by diarrhea, vomiting and muscle pain? - Online Doctor Chats
I have had an ear infection (or what I thought) for 2 weeks. Now I have diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain in my arms so bad I can barely lift them and my ear pain is so bad, I can barely open and close my mouth. Any ideas
I would like to know more details about your symptoms to be better able to help you
Is the pain getting better or worse?
It had gotten better but this morning is much worse
Did you take the streptococcal test?
Is the muscle pain only in arms or is present at other places?
My neck is sore, like my glands are swollen but no other muscle pain
In which area of arms is the pain present?
Is it in the muscles or under the skin?
in the muscles
yesterday i felt weak all over but not really muscle weakness
Do you get sputum?
I think you need radiological tests to see if the infection is spreading in the subcutaneous space in the neck
Also you need tests to find the type of infection and its sensitivity to the type of antibiotics
which anti8biotic have you taken
I was taking Augmentin but yesterday was switched to Clindomycin. The ear drops I can't remember the name but they are antibiotic and steroid.
I think you should go for throat swab or sputum culture along with sensitivity to antibiotics
Is the muscle pain spreading further?
ok. I will call my dr this morning.
If it is not then it will clear up once the infection is gone
I would also be worried about muscle getting necrosed
Also get your ears checked by an ENT surgeon
I tried to get into ENT and they are booked for months
since the ear drum may be getting inflammed or it may rupture
I have eczema in my ears which is what i think started this
Antibiotics are usually advised when the suspicion of bacterial infection is high
Eczema usually needs thick creams and steroids
steroids can worsen the bacterial infection though
What does usually work for your ear eczema?
what is strange is in the past when I got a flare up or infection from the eczema I had drainage. No drainage this time. Usually the eczema is kept under control with hydrocortizone
It may be because it may be in middle ear
Since you also have vomiting and diarhea it may be a different thing
Usually vomiting and diarhea is viral and antibiotics are not needed
So confirming a bacterial infection is usually needed
Are you taking proper rehydration?
It works well for virals
Is the water clean?
yes. we have a water filtration system and it has been tested
Mostly virals clear up in 10 - 14 days7
If it is a viral it should clear up soon
the ear infection has already been 14 days
Bodys immunity clears up virals and most bacterials
Among antibiotics two types are availabe
bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal
When bacteriostatic are not working bacteriocidal should be given
But keeping in mind the presence of eczema and resistant bacteria in mind
it is better to do culture and sensitivity on the infected fluids like sputum etc
Do you have any question here?
no, thank you
Also try antiallergic medicines to reduce secretyions
and pain-killers to reduce inflammation
It is available over the counter
Should also do sakline gargles to clear uo throat
It contains electrolytes which are needed
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