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Adults Ear Infection
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
Yes: Altho much less common in adults, the process is basically the same.( and treatment). ...Read more
If not bacterial: The average duration is 7-10 days-much like a common viral cold illness. Supportive or comfort care is recommended. If no improvement-seek medical attention for a good history and physical examination. ...Read more
About 3-5 days.: You are expected to see some improvement in the first 3-5 days. Finish the therapy as prescribed even if you are feeling better. ...Read more
Adult ear infection. 25, get them often. Medicated with antibiotics and steroid. Need safe resolve for large pressure causing clog in ear. No sound.
Tubes: If you still get frequent ear infections as an adult you may have abnormal function of the Eustachian tube, the tube that drains the fluid from the middle ear. You should consult an ENT doctor to see if you would benefit from tubes placed through the eardrums to drain fluid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on site: It depends on the site of infection.Most middle ear infections which are severe and associated with fever or discharge will need antibiotics with broad coverage like Augmentin or fluoroquinolone if suspected bacterial infection for otitis externa(outer ear infection)usually topical(local antibiotis)like Cipro may be enough ear lobe infection local antibiotic cream like bactroban may be used. ...Read more
Ibuprofen: For short term pain relief, Ibuprofen in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad to place at the side of the head.This seems to provide some relief.Some viral infections will self heal within 3 days. If pain persists, an office visit to identify a treatable cause during regular office hours would be ideal. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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