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acute otitis media, how long does it last?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine.

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What is acute otitis media?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Middle ear infection: Acute otitis media: otitis means inflammation of the ear and media refers to middle. So acute otitis media is an acute inflammation of the middle ear generally caused by a bacterial or viral infection.
A 47-year-old member asked:

My mother has developed otitis media. What is it exactly?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
What is Otitis Media: Otitis media describes inflammation of the middle ear. If she presented to her doctor with any of ear pain, ear pressure, fever, muffled or decreased hearing, drainage from the ear, her doctor may have diagnosed her with acute otitis media (aom). Fluid in the middle ear can occur with ear pressure or clogged sensation as well as muffled or decreased hearing, or no symptoms. (see comment).
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Provided original answer
Strictly speaking, fluid in the ear without infection is called serous otitis media (SOM) or otitis media with effusion (OME). AOM is typically treated with an oral antibiotic unless you have drainage of infected fluid from the ear. SOM or OME may not be treated at first, as it may resolve by itself. Check with your mother's doctor or ENT for a check-up.
Mar 10, 2012
A 45-year-old member asked:

Home remedies for otitis media dangerous?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Home remedies for OM: Most home remedies for otitis media aim to soothe or reduce the pain of the infection. You apply warm salt, oil or the oil from a spice into the ear canal. Caution must be exercised, not to apply hot substances on or in the ear, so as not to burn the ear canal or eardrum. I am an advocate for the judicious and appropriate use of antibiotics to effectively treat the infection of otitis media.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Do I ask rn or doctor on call if some questions regarding to my acute otitis media?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Acute Otitis Media: You can ask either the on-call rn or physician questions you have about otitis media. Many primary care and pediatricians office have a nurses line for non-emergent night and weekend questions.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Help about some questions regarding to my acute otitis media while flying?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Chew and swallow: Normally there is air of equal pressure on both sides of the ear drum. With a middle ear infection (otitis media), the space behind the ear drum is closed off, leading to the build up in fluid, infection, and pressure. When you fly or change elevation, the pressure difference increases, causing pain. Chewing gum or drinking and swallowing something may help.

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