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Are there alternative therapies for ear infection

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No treatment: Ear infections may not require any treatment at all. Most resolve with time, and treatment may only be necessary if complications arise or the patien ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: The red blush of an ear drum on exam may represent a simple reflex & not a tru infection.Far too many kids are put on abx when they have a fever & no ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Route: Ototoxicty is usually associated with systemic antibiotic and/or chemotherapy. Drugs which are taken by mouth or IV and go throughout the body. Certai ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Terminology issues: There are some medications (gentamycin, vancomycin) & some viruses that can cause injury to the sensitive hearing mechanism(ototoxicity). The med toxi ... Read More
Dr. David Astrachan
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Definition : Ototoxicity refers to medicine or other treatments or measures causing damage to the ear inadvertently. Ear infection treatment is designed to help th ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Ask your doc: This site is not designed to be a substitute for proper evaluation and prescribing by a proper health care source. We try to provide accurate informat ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Homeopathy: Belladonna can help . Garlic and willow (or garlic/goldenseal or garlic/mullein) in the ear can help. Warm compresses can also help..Ibuprofen may als ... Read More
A 1-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Ear Infection: Some ear infections require treatment with antibiotics and some do not. Your pediatrician should be consulted to determine severity of ear infection ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Should self heal: A transient loss of hearing of about 50% is common during ear infection due to fluid debris in the ear space.As this heals over weeks, the hearing usu ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Paulhus
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Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or di ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Mangoni
45 years experience Pediatrics
Ear infection: In general, I would normally tell a patient to see a doctor for an ear infection to receive treatment
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Need Rx: The safest and fastest way to get relief from an ear infection is with an appropriate medication, either topical or oral, as prescribed after examinat ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
OM symptoms: can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualiz ... Read More

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