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Rockwood, TX
A 26-year-old female asked:

What over-the-counter medicine can i take for an ear infection?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
None for infection : But medication for pain. Try Auralgan (benzocaine and antipyrine) drops and a warm compress along the jaw. Get assessed and access to antibiotics that are reasonable in price. All the best.
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
None: A middle ear infection, if bacterial, requires antibiotics. Many middle ear infections accompanying a viral illness are viral; and should resolve with the resolution of the virus. You can safely wait it out if this is the case but ear pain lasting more than a few days or worsening or accompanied by high fever requires a doctor to examine and treat.
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Provided original answer
And you can treat pain with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen may help with the pain of an ear infection. You can take 10 mg/kg every 6-8 hrs
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 26 years experience
NSAIDs: NSAIDs will help with the pain but if it's infected you will need to see a doctor for an antibiotic

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