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What causes cartilage infection in the ear?

My wife Maria left ear is very red. She went to the Doctor three days ago and was prescribed amoxicillin for a cartilage infection in her left ear. Her left eye is staying open, and her left side of her mouth is numb. Please help. Our son (7) has type 1 diabetes and she is a stay at home mom. I going to take to the emergency room tomorrow. Thanks.... Frank.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014
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Hi.
The symptoms are suggestive of Facial Nerve Paralysis on the affected side and is due to infection of the ear as you have mentioned. Your wife needs an intensive treatment with a mixture of antibiotics , anti-inflammatory, MRI and other tests including blood sugar to rule out diabetes as your daughter is suffering from.
MRI and CT may lead to a diagnosis and she may need exploration of the ear to release the pressure on the facial nerve and to clear the disease from the mastoid.
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