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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 44 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 22 years experience
See a doctor: Don't wait on this and run the chance that it turns to something worse.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 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
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
Yes pl see a doctor or ENT soon
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 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
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
Try hydrogen peroxide in your ear three or four times a day and don't probe your ear with anything.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 33 years experience
ENT MAY help: Ent may help with a recurrent problem e.g. Ear infections. You may need a 'ventilation tube' placed.
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