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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
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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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Signs of an ear infection ?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ear pain, redness: While ear infections can have many signs and symptoms, a few suggest the need to be examined by a health professional. Ear infections can be on the outside including the ear and canal, and some in the middle ear. Drainage of pus or blood is a clear sign of a problem. Pain, swelling and redness are also concerning. If you feel sick, or have a fever it suggests a possible systemic infection.
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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

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Dr. Janak Acharya
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No: Don't put peroxide in your ear. If you have a perforation you may cause more harm than good. If you have an ear infection see your doctor and get some antibiotics.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Any reasons why my ears crackle with an ear infection?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Fluid in your ear.: Many ear infections have fluid behind the eardrum, which is infected. Sometimes that fluid causes a crackling sensation. Also, if you are putting any ear drops in your ear for pain or a swimmer's ear, that may cause crackling sounds.
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What are ear infection symptoms?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
OM symptoms: can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why do my ears crackle? Is this an ear infection?

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Dr. Patricia Mcguire
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 39 years experience
Unplug your ear: You are describing what is likely eustachian tube dysfunction or inner ear congestion. While not serious, it can be annoying & can last hrs to days. There can also be a sense or fullness and at times slight balance problems. Treatment can oral decongestants, steroid nasal sprays or intentional deep yawning, chewing gum, or holding your nose as you blow your cheeks out with your mouth closed.

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