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please help! what is the cure for otitis media?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Antibiotics: Usually an antibiotic is needed to cure the infection

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is otitis media?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous & cause infection.
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How long does otitis media usually last?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Otitis Media: Otitis media can be used to mean a middle ear infection with pus in the middle ear, or fluid in the middle ear without infection. If there is pus, acute otitis media, the symptoms of pain, fever, malaise typically improve with a few days of using an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. The fluid may take three months or longer to resolve.
A 34-year-old member asked:

When can I fly after otitis media?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Flying with OM: You should be able to fly with otitis media (om), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear(s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear(s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear(s) take Claritin and sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and afrin (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight.
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What are symptoms and tests for otitis media?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
diagnosed by exam: Om is diagnosed by inspecting the ear drum on physical exam and finding evidence of inflammation and or pus behind the ear drum. Some may also do a pressure test to verify fluid behind the drum but this is seldom needed.Kids may or may not have fever and pain with the affected ear.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Please help! what is the cure for otitis media(without the doctor consent)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained.

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