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what kind,of medicines can i take for an ear infection?

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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
49 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: How did you know you have an ear infection? If a doctor had seen you and made the diagnosis, you should follow his/her advice. If you have pain but have not seen the doctor yet, you don't know if it is a middle ear infection caused by bacteria or viruses, or an external ear infection. The treatment is different for each of those conditions. You need to see a doctor if you have not yet.
Answered on Apr 8, 2015
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are first line of treatment for acute otitis media. There are other milder ear infections which do not require antibiotics. Often in children we prescribe " watchful waiting" which is a term we use to recommend parents to wait a couple of days and let the ear heal itself. There are symptomatic treatments like motrin for pain and numbing ear drops which also are helpful. Best of Luck
Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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