U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 41-year-old member asked:

what's the safest way to treat otitis media?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregory McCarty
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Symptomatic Therapy: Most ear infections are viral infections and, depending on the age group and certain other factors, often can be managed without antibiotics or other specific therapy as they are self limiting. These usually require only symptomatic therapy such as Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen for pain. Occasionally they are bacterial and require antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Treat otitis media: If you have acute otitis media- pus in the middle ear, your primary provider will typically treat you with an oral antibiotic. If you have uninfected fluid in your middle ear, your provider may treat your with a decongestant or nasal &/or oral antiinflammatory.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

What is otitis media?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous & cause infection.
CA
A 25-year-old member asked:

Do I need to report otitis media as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Otitis media: No and yes. No it's not a long term condition and does not need to "be reported" and and yes it does go away after treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does otitis media usually last?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Otitis Media: Otitis media can be used to mean a middle ear infection with pus in the middle ear, or fluid in the middle ear without infection. If there is pus, acute otitis media, the symptoms of pain, fever, malaise typically improve with a few days of using an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. The fluid may take three months or longer to resolve.
A 34-year-old member asked:

When can I fly after otitis media?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Flying with OM: You should be able to fly with otitis media (om), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear(s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear(s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear(s) take Claritin and sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and afrin (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms and tests for otitis media?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
diagnosed by exam: Om is diagnosed by inspecting the ear drum on physical exam and finding evidence of inflammation and or pus behind the ear drum. Some may also do a pressure test to verify fluid behind the drum but this is seldom needed.Kids may or may not have fever and pain with the affected ear.

Related questions

A 37-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 22-year-old male asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 24-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
A 23-year-old female asked:
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Feb 23, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.