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What can i do for a ear infection?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time.
Dr. Todd Zimmerman
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Ear causing tear :(: Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin if you are in pain and only if you can take those medications. You should also seek prompt medical attention as you may need antibiotics and to assure there is not another cause for the ear discomfort. You should also note there are different types of ear infections...Inner, middle and outer to use layman terms.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ear infection: Talk to your pcp to examine & recommend appropriate antibiotic as needed.
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is behind your ear drum, you need oral antibiotics. If you have chronic ear infections that persist despite antibiotics, you need surgery. The process of treatment begins with your otolaryngologist.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Have it treated: If you have an ear infection, proper evaluation and treatment is advised.Comfort measures with Ibuprofen or a heating pad can provide some relief, but resolution needs more.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help.Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken.

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What should I do for an ear infection during pregnancy?

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Seek treatment: Treating the infection is not an issue during pregnancy.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

How to determine if I have an ear infection?

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Dr. John Edwards
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Pain, fever: Ear pain with fever are most common signs of what people refer to as "an ear infection" aka "acute otitis media" pain can be worse with laying down, sometimes with swallowing or eating also common to have stuffy/runny nose, sometimes cough otitis media is different from otitis externa (aka swimmer's ear), where it's more common to have pain when gently tugging or moving your ear. See a doc.
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How do I unplug my ear if i don't have ear infection?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Cerumen: Movement of the jaw helps the ears' natural cleaning process. The american academy of otolaryngology discourages earwax removal unless excess earwax is causing health problems. A number of methods of earwax removal are effective, their benefits compared to each other is not determined. A number of softeners are effective; however, if this is not sufficient, the most common is syringing warm water.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I have constant ear infections, what should I do?

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Dr. Debra Tang
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Ear infections: You should go see your primary care provider. You probably need to be referred to an ENT ( ear/nose/throat) doctor.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of an ear infection?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on location: Viruses can invade the ear nerve, impaining hearing; viruses or bacteria can inhabit the normally sterile middle ear space& mucous= otitis media;germs can invade the ear drum= myringitis/ lots of pain; skin bacteria & fungus can invade an over-hydrated outer canal & cause swimmers ear. Each affliction may be considered an ear infection & each is handled differently.

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