Ear Infection Glossary of Terms

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

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Common cold: A contagious viral upper respiratory tract infection. The common cold can be ...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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

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Eustachian tube: The tube that runs from the middle ear to the pharynx. The function of th...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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

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

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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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Inner ear: A highly complex structure whose essential component for hearing is the membran...

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

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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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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Otitis media: Inflammation of the middle ear characterized by the accumulation of infected...

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Otoscope: An instrument for looking in the ear.

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

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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SPF (sun protection factor): A number on a scale for rating the degree of protection prov...

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Sunscreen: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions tha...

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

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

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

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

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