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

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Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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.
Answered on Aug 31, 2018
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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
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.
Answered on Jun 4, 2016
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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
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And you can treat pain with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen may help with the pain of an ear infection. You can take 10 mg/kg every 6-8 hrs
Answered on Apr 11, 2015
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
NSAIDs: NSAIDs will help with the pain but if it's infected you will need to see a doctor for an antibiotic
Answered on Dec 13, 2015

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