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how long does it take for a ear infection to get better without medicine?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
See below: 80% of all ear infections are due to viral infections. This usually clear up within a few days to a week. The bacterial infections can take longer without treatment.
Answered on Mar 26, 2018

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