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Do I have to see a doctor for an ear infection

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kanan Modi
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Not an emergency: If you do not have pain you could wait till the next day to see a physician but a visit to MD is necessary.

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
See a doctor: Don't wait on this and run the chance that it turns to something worse.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Ear Infection: Ear infections can be viral or bacterial. If viral we dont have much to treat with; if bacterial antibiotics are used. Bacterial infections can be s... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Your call. Pain in both plus fever suggests an infection & could be viral or bacterial. Viral would self heal over a short period but a bacterial ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
It : It is not common for the external ear to be affected with a middle ear infection (the kind of ear infection you get with colds). An outer ear infecti... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hien Tran
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Lymph nodes maybe: lymph nodes generally get bigger when u get sick. sometimes they can hurt but usually they don't. if u r feeling them along your neck, that's probab... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
OTITIS MEDIA: The heating pad will add comfort if you feel less pain. Otherwise you can take Motrin for pain and inflammation until you see md in am.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes.: Decreased hearing for two weeks needs to be checked out unless it is due to allergies and responds to an antihistamine. Either way, avoid loud noise... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Ear fluid: Fluid in the middle ear is not normal. If there is a hole in your ear drum, this is an abnormal communication between the outside world and your midd... Read More