John Pope MD MPH


Otitis Externa

Otitis externa is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal (the passage leading from the external ear to the eardrum) that may develop when water, sand, dirt, or other debris gets into the ear canal. Symptoms of otitis externa (also called swimmer’s ear) are pain in and discharge from the ear. Other causes of…

Scarlet Fever

Briefly discusses scarlet fever, a term used for strep throat with a rash. Covers symptoms like red rash on chest, on abdomen, and in skin folds. Covers how it is treated. Also covers complications.

Ear Infections

Is this topic for you? This topic covers infections of the middle ear, commonly called ear infections. For information on outer ear infections, see the topic Ear Canal Problems (Swimmer’s Ear). For information on inner ear infections, see the topic Labyrinthitis. What is a middle ear infection? The middle ear is the…

Recurrent Ear Infections and Persistent Effusion

If a child has repeat ear infections (three or more ear infections in a 6-month period or four in 1 year), you may want to consider treatment to prevent future infections. One option used a lot in the past is long-term oral antibiotic treatment. There is debate within the medical community about using antibiotics on a…

Ear Infection (Acute Otitis Media)

A middle ear infection is a problem that happens when germs grow in the space behind your eardrum. This often happens after a cold or a throat infection. It can cause ear pain, fever, and trouble hearing. Nonprescription pain medicine may be all you need. Some children may need to take antibiotics.