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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Ear pain, redness: While ear infections can have many signs and symptoms, a few suggest the need to be examined by a health professional. Ear infections can be on the ou ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in 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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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rajesh Kumar
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (a ... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yoav Hahn
Dr. Yoav Hahn answered
60 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
That depends: Often, fluid in the middle ear, behind the eardrum, is not infected and does not need immediate antibiotic treatment. If there is infected fluid in t ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Janak Acharya
19 years experience in Emergency Medicine
No: Don't put peroxide in your ear. If you have a perforation you may cause more harm than good. If you have an ear infection see your doctor and get so ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the r ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
22 years experience in Pediatrics
Not necessarily: I'd recommend getting it looked at if it hurts. An ear infection could be crackly, cut crackly doesn't mean ear infection.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Varied: Outer ear: 1) pain - moving the ear causes pain 2) drainage 3) usually decreased hearing; middle ear: 1) pain 2) fever 3) usually no draiange unless p ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Antibiotics: If you are older than 2 y/o, some experts recommend watchful waiting, giving it a chance to naturally go away. If it does not symptomatically clear wi ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
7-10 days: Ear infections (middle ear) can resolve on their own in 7-10 days. The non-infected fluid can persist for up to 3 months behind the ear drum.
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