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Ear infection Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Ear infection. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the ear infection?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. Acute ear infections include acute otitis media (middle ear infection), acute otitis externa (outer ear infection), mastoiditis, acute furunculosis (infection of the hair follicles in the outer third of the ear) and viral labyrinthitis (inner ear infection). Chronic ear infections include chronic otitis media, chronic otitis externa and mastoiditis.

  2. Have you had a recent upper respiratory tract infection?

    Why: e.g. sore throat, runny nose, sinusitis - may suggest acute otitis media or myringitis bullosa (occurs with influenza, Haemophilus influenza and mycoplasma pneumoniae infections).

  3. Have you been swimming recently and where?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa.

  4. Has there been any trauma to ear canal?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa.

  5. Have you put anything into the ear canal?

    Why: e.g. ear bud - may suggest foreign body and resultant infection.

  6. Is the redness around a hole for an ear ring?

    Why: suggest infected ear lobe. Often due to contact allergy to nickel or chromium in an ear ring.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. allergic skin conditions such as eczema may predispose to otitis externa; medical conditions that may increase risk of recurrent middle ear infections include selective IgA deficiency, common variable immunodeficiency, X-linked agammaglobulinaemia, recurrent adenoiditis, Wegener's granulomatosis, HIV infection and obstructive sleep apnea.

  8. Ear pain?

    Why: may suggest acute otitis media (most likely), otitis externa, foreign body, myringitis bullosa, serous otitis media or furunculosis. The location of the ear pain may also assist in diagnosis e.g. in ear, behind ear or below the ear.

  9. Ear discharge?

    Why: Acute ear discharge suggests acute otitis media (middle ear infection) with a rupture of the ear drum, otitis externa (outer ear infection) or myringitis bullosa , especially if have ear pain. A chronic ear discharge may suggest cholesteatoma, chronic otitis media or mastoiditis.

  10. If a discharge is present, what is the nature of the discharge?

    Why: A mucopurulent discharge (mucous to pus-like) suggests chronic otitis media and mastoiditis. A offensive discharge with whitish debris suggests cholesteatoma. A bloody discharge may suggest myringitis bullosa.

  11. Fever?

    Why: suggests otitis media and mastoiditis.

  12. Hearing loss?

    Why: may suggest acute otitis media, chronic otitis media, otitis externa, foreign body, and mastoiditis.

  13. Symptoms of acute otitis media?

    Why: e.g. deep-seated ear pain, deafness , fever, a discharge may follow if the tympanic membrane ruptures which results in relief of pain and fever.

  14. Symptoms of otitis externa?

    Why: e.g. itching at first, pain, fullness feeling in the ear canal, mild discharge, hearing loss.

  15. Symptoms of acute mastoiditis?

    Why: e.g. pain, swelling and tenderness developing behind the ear associated with general deterioration in well-being and mucous to pus-like ear discharge.

  16. Symptoms of labyrinthitis?

    Why: e.g. vertigo (spinning hallucination of movement of self or surroundings) provoked by head movement.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Ear infection:

The following list of conditions have 'Ear infection' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Ear infection:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Ear infection' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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