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Customer: my son has been to two urgent care facilities with pain in ear, swollen jaw. Diagnosed with ear infection. Given Z-pak first then Augmentin and still not completely well. Feels full sensation in ear and jaw is better but still swollen. He works in a very moist environment; manages a car wash. I'm wondering if this might be fungal?
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Customer: No fever, no sweats. Just does not feel well. He just finished 10 days of 875 mg of Augmentin and still does not feel well. Feels pressure and jaw is still minimally swollen
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


If it got better from the antibiotics, it is not likely fungal.

Fungal infection of the middle ear are rare.

Make sure an infected tooth has been ruled out. This is often missed and will swell the jaw.

An x ray and exam is needed.

I suggest that he see his dentist, and an ENT specialist at this point.

This sounds more complicated than a common ear infection.

A swab/culture of anything coming out of the ear, or of the middle ear is now a good idea.

This would confirm that it is not fungal.

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