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A 28-year-old female asked:

i have got middle ear infection. i am on antibiotics but i still experience severe pain. what can i do?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Take pain killers: It takes tome for antibiotics to work, meanwhile you can take over he counter pain killers like tylenol (acetaminophen) of ibuprophen for the pain. If after the full course of antibiotics you still have pain than you need to be re examined, you may have resistant infection to antibiotics you are taking and may need a different antibiotic.
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) 600 mg 1 to 2 tabs twice daily with a decongestant. Afrin nasal spray for two to three dys only and saline spray several times per day.If pain persists you may need a different antibiotic.
Dr. Michael Pascolini
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
See ENT: It really depends on how long you've been taking the antibiotic. The pain is probably caused by the infectious fluid pressing on your ear drum. If you just started give it some time. If it's been a couple of days see an ENT for evaluation. You may need a different antibiotic.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Pain meds: Usually over the counter pain medications are useful for middle ear pain (acetaminophen or ibuprofen). Things usually clear up after a few days. In rare cases rupture of the ear drum will occur and help relieve the pain. Sometimes warm heat to the ear helps.
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen): You may try tylenol/acetaminophen or ibuprofen/advil or Motrin for pain. You should have improvement after 2-3 days on antibiotics. If not, you may need to check with your doctor to see if the antibiotics are working properly.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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