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For how long do ear infections last?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Ear infections: Under treatment they last 2-3 days;without treatment 7-10 days.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does a ear infection last?

4 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long can inner ear infections last?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A Long Time: The effects can last months.So if your symptoms of ear discomfort persist, see your doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:

On average, how long will an ear infections last?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed and ventilation tubes placed.Most improve within a week and may return to normal in 2 wks.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long do inner ear infections laset?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: A true inner ear infection is rare and causes severe nerve hearing loss which may be permanent and intense vertigo lasting days to several weeks with some degree of permanent imbalance. Most likely you have a middle ear infection with fluid behind the drum. May take up, to three months for fluid to resolve.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do ear infections usually take long to cure?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sunganswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
It depends: After taking antibiotics for couple of days, some ear infection (i mean middle ear infection by bacteria) may be cleared. However, the recommended treatment course is usually 10 days of antibiotics. Some otitis media can be hard to treat due to resistant bacteria. Middle ear fluid can be a residual after infection but only requires observation. Hopefully it helps.
Dr. Stuart Bradin
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
effusion from otitis media can take several months to resolve
Sep 7, 2013

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