Swimmer's Ear Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acetate: A molecular ion derived from acetic acid. The formula of acetate is CH3COO-.

Acetic acid: The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. Acetic acid is a two-carbon c...

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Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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Antibacterial: Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Antiseptic: Something that discourages the growth microorganisms. By contrast, aseptic ref...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin, either due to an inherent skin defect, direct contac...

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Ear tubes: Formally known as tympanostomy tubes, ear tubes are small tubes, made of severa...

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Ear wax: A natural wax-like substance secreted by special glands in the skin on the outer ...

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Earache: Pain in the ear. This can occur because of conditions within the ear itself, the ...

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Eardrum: The tympanic membrane of the ear, or tympanum. The eardrum separates the middle e...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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ENT: 1. Abbreviation for ears, nose and throat. A field of medicine also called ot...

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Exudate: A fluid rich in protein and cellular elements that oozes out of blood vessels due...

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Father: (1) The male parent. (2) One who originates. For example, "Wilhelm Roentgen is con...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Fungus: A single-celled or multicellular organism. Fungi can be true pathogens (such as hi...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Internist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults. T...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Lobe: Part of an organ that appears to be separate in some way from the rest. A lobe may b...

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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Malignant: 1. Tending to be severe and become progressively worse, as in malignant ...

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Membrane: A very thin layer of tissue that covers a 'surface.

Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Middle ear: A part of the ear that consists of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and, beyond...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Otitis: Inflammation of the ear. Depending upon which part of the ear is inflammed, there ...

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Otitis externa: Infection of the skin covering the outer ear canal that leads in to the ea...

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Otolaryngologist: A physician specialized in diagnosing and treating diseases of the head ...

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Otolaryngology: A medical and surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management,...

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Otoscope: An instrument for looking in the ear.

Outer ear: The part of the ear that is visible along the side of the head. The outer ear c...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa: The versatile "blue-green pus bacteria" that opportunistically inf...

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Psoriasis: A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, sca...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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Remedy: Something that consistently helps treat or cure a disease.

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Salicylic acid: A substance obtained from plants (white willow back and wintergreen leaves...

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Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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Seborrheic dermatitis: A medical name for what is popularly called seborrhea.

Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Staphylococcus: A group of bacteria that cause a multitude of diseases. Under a microscope...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Swimmer's ear: Infection of the skin covering the outer ear canal that leads in to the ear...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Thimerosal: A mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products sin...

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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears. Tinnitus has many causes, including some medications (inclu...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Tympanic: 1. Pertaining to the tympanum (the eardrum).
2. Pertaining t...

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Tympanic membrane: The eardrum, a thin membrane that serves as a partition between the ext...

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Vertigo: Aside from being the name of a classic 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film (with Jimmy St...

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