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how long does ear infection take to heal

A female asked:
Dr. Hans Crumpler
25 years experience Urgent Care
It depends: Importantly, if you have been treated with antibiotics and by the time you finish your treatment symptoms have not improved or if they are worse, noti ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infecti ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
External : Otitis usually responds within a day or so.
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Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
3-5 days: If the infection is an inner ear infection - the natural course is about 3-5 days. Anytime a treatment doesn't seem to help after a few days always re ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
41 years experience Pediatrics
Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longe ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Ear infection?: Difficult to say without examining ear with an Auroscope.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jed Kwartler
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tm perforation: If this is a new spontaneous perforation caused by an acute middle ear infection the small perforation usually closes in 2-6 weeks. Keep water out of ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
46 years experience Hospital-based practice
Not that long: Simple war infections like external ear canal infections can clear with appropriate treatment in a few days. Chronic middle war infections may take lo ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
36 years experience Adolescent Medicine
72 hours: On antibiotics or not, it should be better in 48-72 hours. Otherwise follow up with the doctor.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
36 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Depends: Usually they are cleared up in 2 weeks. They can take a month or more, depending on the germ involved and whether or not there is resistance to treat ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks.If the infection & muck is not ... Read More

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