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when can you return to school after ear infection

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Quick: Ear infections are not contagious. It is usually a viral infection (in children) that causes the ear infection - that is what is contagious.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: There is no reason to alter a normal schedule for an ear infection.If the discomfort is such that the student could not focus on the material being s ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Meyer
18 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends on child: Ear infections are not contagious between children, but the viral sneezes and sniffles that are commonly associated with ear infections are. If your c ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: The ear infection is not contagious to others so that is not an issue. Whether you will feel well enough to engage in class and learn anything product ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
NO: Having an ear infection or treating it should not remove you from school. However if you are having significant pain or unable to hear that might cau ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes/no: If you feel well enough to attend and benefit from a class you are free to go. Ear infections are not contagious. Any cold or other problem you bay ha ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
See your doctor: It looks like you have a throat as well as an ear infection. You may need antibiotics but get checked by a doctor.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryant Tran
4 years experience Family Medicine
OK for school: I would go see your physician for an ear, nose, and throat exam. They may be able to give you some medications to help treat the middle ear infection. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing: After an ear infection, the ear drum will be swollen and there could be fluid in the middle ear. Both of these problems need to resolve before your h ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
12 years experience Dentistry
Possible TMD: Could be tmd, an abscessed tooth, or an ear infection that requires a stronger/different antibiotic. I would recommend seeing a dentist, and if that d ... Read More

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