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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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I have a ear infection I have some amoxicillin from 09 is it ok to take?

I have a ear infection I have some amoxicillin from 09 is it ok to take?

What kind: There are a number of issues that can produce ear pain that require no abx, including tooth issues, fluid, neuritis, etc. You can certainly assume you have a middle ear infection and take 6+ yr old, out of date meds. It is unlikely to injure you, But the strength of the med is likely poor, and if you really need it, no problem. These sometimes self heal (unless its a different problem). ...Read more

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How often and how long should I take amoxil (amoxicillin) tablets for an ear infection?

How often and how long should I take amoxil (amoxicillin) tablets for an ear infection?

Discuss with PCP: If you're asking it likely means you have likely self diagnosed & are using some left over med from another illness or other source. This is not a good idea. You could be right, or wrong. Your problem may not require antibiotics & clear on it's own. Timing & duration of any treatment is best assessed by the professional who confirms the diagnosis & need for treatment. ...Read more

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My 13 y/o son has an ear infection, its been 4 days now. I have amoxicillin 500 mg, how many times a day should he take it?

My 13 y/o son has an ear infection, its been 4 days now. I have amoxicillin 500 mg, how many times a day should he take it?

Prescription: You really should be very careful about prescription medications that weren't prescribed specifically for your son your son should really be evaluated and prescribed a medication specifically for him. Particularly for children, medicines are prescribed by weight. It also may not be the most appropriate drug for his condition. He really should be evaluated and a prescription given to him. ...Read more

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I had an ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin. It got better in the first 5 days but in the 6th day it started getting worse again why?

I had an ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin. It got better in the first 5 days but in the 6th day it started getting worse again why?

Possible med fail: Amoxicillin does not work 100% of the time. If the pain has returned, you should go back to your doctor and let them reevaluate. You might need to be on a different anabiotic. Or you could have a swimmer's ear infection going on at the same time and would need ear drops. Call your doctor for an appointment. ...Read more

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34 lbs. 4y.o. given Rx amoxicillin 250mg/5 sus 7.5 mls 2xs per day for ear infection. I mistakenly gave her 7.5 tsp for 3 days! What should I expect?

34 lbs. 4y.o. given Rx amoxicillin 250mg/5 sus 7.5 mls 2xs per day for ear infection. I mistakenly gave her 7.5 tsp for 3 days! What should I expect?

Incorrect Doseage: Start her back on the correct dose. The only thing that could happen is his infection might not go away. I would make sure you take her back in after the antibiotics to have her ears checked ...Read more

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My son has an ear infection they gave him amoxicillin 400mg/5ml he weighs 30 pounds they did not specify how many mls he would need daily.?

My son has an ear infection they gave him amoxicillin 400mg/5ml he weighs 30 pounds they did not specify how many mls he would need daily.?

See below: The usual total daily dose of amoxicillin for an acute ear infection (aka otitis media) is 80-90 mg/kg/day divided equally and given either every 8 or 12 hrs. For a 30 lb child (~14 kg), the total daily dose of amoxicillin would be ~1100-1200 mg. Therefore, in your child, giving 5 ml (400 mg) or 1 tsp every 8 hours would be giving a total daily dose of 1200 mg. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an ear infection to go away in a 1 year old...I have been given her amoxicillin for 6 days now?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All 1yo should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Recurrence is common in some infants. ...Read more

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Should I stop taking the amoxicillin for the ear infection to treat the vaginal discomfort or do I have to finish the medication?

Don't stop: It is never a good idea to discontinue a medication before completing the prescribed course. It is common however to develop a yeast infection while on this antibiotic. There are several over the counter medications available that you could use. ...Read more

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Its been a week today since I have been on amoxicillin for an ear infection & I still feel mild pain within my ear, is this normal?

Its been a week today since I have been on amoxicillin for an ear infection & I still feel mild pain within my ear, is this normal?

Can be: The pain of a middle ear infection is caused by the stretch on the ear drum caused by the mass of fluid/pus/germs in that confined space. The germs can be dead but the stretch can remain until the body assimilates the material, which can take weeks. Persisting fever or worsening pain would be a sign of treatment failure. ...Read more

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Took amoxicillin for a an ear infection had to take 3 times a day for a week now I ended the course I suffer with bad he's a aches why is this?

Took amoxicillin for a an ear infection had to take 3 times a day for a week now I ended the course I suffer with bad he's a aches why is this?

He's a aches???: Headaches??? This would be unexpected from a course of amoxicillin, but it is common to have a sinus infection along with an ear infection, but would expect persistent sinus congestion. If you have been tense, clenching teeth, the jaw joint in front of ear gets inflamed and causes ear pain and headaches. Some people with migraine may react to meds unexpectantly. If persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Day 9 of 10 of Amoxicillin course for ear infection. Have had little pain since day 3. Today feeling pain behind ear. Normal or should I go back to Dr?

Day 9 of 10 of Amoxicillin course for ear infection. Have had little pain since day 3. Today feeling pain behind ear. Normal or should I go back to Dr?

Ear pain: Since you cannot be assessed over the internet the answer is obvious. See the doctor and make sure that you are not developing mastoid infection, or some other issue is present. Good luck and hope this turns out to be a minor issue. ...Read more

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Will amoxil (amoxicillin) work for this ear infection?

Will amoxil (amoxicillin) work for this ear infection?

Huh????????: Amoxil (amoxicillin) is the antibiotic of choice for treating ear infections caused by susceptible bacteria, but it may not be the best med for this ear infection if 1)the antibiotic has been used to treat an ear infection in the last three months 2)you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics. ...Read more

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My son is 33lbs and was prescribed 8ml of amoxicillin twice a day for an ear infection is that correct?

My son is 33lbs and was prescribed 8ml of amoxicillin twice a day for an ear infection is that correct?

Yes: You didn't mention the concentration though, at any rate, for ear infection a higher dose is usually given, around 80-90 mg /kg /day, which can sum up to the amount prescribed, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Is 550 mg Amoxicillin every 12 hours for 22kg about 5 years old boy adequate dose for moderate ear infection?

Is 550 mg Amoxicillin every 12 hours for 22kg about 5 years old boy adequate dose for moderate ear infection?

Pretty standard: The dose of 30-50 mg/kg/d is considered standard for otitis unless resistant pneumococcus is suspected. Resistance can require doses of 80-90 mg/kg/d. Your listed dose is at 50mg/kg which will work in most. In small infants I often use the higher dose. ...Read more

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About 5 years old son has been given Amoxicillin for ear infection but doesn't want to take it. What are other options? Injection may be?

About 5 years old son has been given Amoxicillin for ear infection but doesn't want to take it. What are other options? Injection may be?

Yes. But....: To get adequate coverage by injection would require several big volume injections given into the bottom over several days. When offered this alternative a 5 yo can often be motivated to try the regular oral med. It can be flavored, like taking it with honey to disguise any taste problem. ...Read more

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Hi there, My 42 lb son was prescribed 400mg/5ml amoxicillin, 10ml per dose, twice a day for 10 days for ear infection. 1600mg per day. Is this OK?

Yes: We have been doing a "high dose" of amoxicillin for ear infections, at the suggestion of many research studies for quite a few years now, this is the dosing that your physician has used. Sometimes pharmacists question it, but it is appropriate for his weight. Thanks for trusting healthtap! ...Read more

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Does augmentine treat ear infection than amoxicillin?

Does augmentine treat ear infection than amoxicillin?

Both do: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is Amoxicillin combined with clavulanic acid which broadens the kinds of bacteria that can be treated by the antibiotic. Most ear infections can be treated with high dose Amoxicillin and Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is usually reserved for patients with recent ear infections or an infection that has not responded to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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I am taking amoxicillin for a ear infection and notice yesterday my urine is bright orange is that normal?

Go see your doctor: Go and see your doctor.

Orange (as opposed to yellow or slightly brownish) urine is not normal. It is a sign of liver or sometimes urinary tract disease.

Intensely yellow urine is normal after taking a number of products, particularly b group vitamins. Urine from people taking penicillins such as Amoxicillin typically has a distinctive, "yeasty" smell. But if your urine is truly orange this may be the sign of something wrong and you should go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have ear infection, I'm taking amoxicillin for 3 days but my ear I still leant hear clear. Is this normal?

Normal: Antibiotics take some time to start working. If it does not start getting better in a week, you might need different antibiotics, such as z-pak or something along those lines. ...Read more

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My 18 mo has bad ear infection and threat infection and on amoxicillin. She's not eating well. Can I give her pediasure?

My 18 mo has bad ear infection and threat infection and on amoxicillin. She's not eating well. Can I give her pediasure?

Recommendation: No needs to use pediasure at this point. All kids with ear infection and on antibiotics have appetite down and need time to recover. Use probiotics, yogurt and in few days appetite will come back. With pediasure kid may develop diarrhea and indigestion. ...Read more

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Had a bad ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin for 5 days and ear drops. There is no pain but I still can't hear properly. Help?

Had a bad ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin for 5 days and ear drops. There is no pain but I still can't hear properly. Help?

Fluid persists: The fluid debris of an ear infection will muffle the hearing and give you a feeling of fullness. It can persist from 3-6 weeks in some people. A return in pain or fever would suggest a recurrence. ...Read more

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2days ago my 10momth old was prescribed amoxicillin for ear infection today I noticed a rash on the sides of his face. Should I be concerned?

2days ago my 10momth old was prescribed amoxicillin for ear infection today I noticed a rash on the sides of his face. Should I be concerned?

No: If the rash is getting worse or is raised like hives it is a reaction to the medication and it should be stopped. If he had a fever for 3 days prior to that and now the rash it is likely a viral infection called roseola and is unrelated to the the medication. ...Read more

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My son has an ear infection. The doctors have prescribed him with amoxicillin. How do I know that it has cleared as it has effected his hearing?

Visualization: Following a typical course of antibiotics for an ear infection, follow up in 2-4 weeks so your provider can look at the ear drums with an otoscope is important. At times, the infection will clear enough to not produce symptoms, but fluid will remain (this tends to get re-infected). In general, ppeople on the correct medication will start to feels relief from their symptoms within 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w ear infection and on amoxicillin. All the sudden I got this sharp pain on one side of my skull. Just started amox. Should I be worried?

Diagnosed w ear infection and on amoxicillin. All the sudden I got this sharp pain on one side of my skull. Just started amox. Should I be worried?

Ear Exam: You may have a ruptured ear drum. This occurs in some ear infections. Go back to the doctor and have the otoscope exam done again. You might also need pain med, or different antibiotic if things are getting worse. ...Read more

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Prescribed 10 days of amoxicillin for bronchitis & ear infection. Took 6 days got busy forgot to take been cpl days. Should I take rest or be ok wout?

Prescribed 10 days of amoxicillin for bronchitis & ear infection. Took 6 days got busy forgot to take been cpl days. Should I take rest or be ok wout?

Finish the rest: Even at this point, finish the rest up. Bacteria cqn mutate and develop resistance if full course nor used. Even though your symmay be gone, rhose crafty little bacteria are trying to survive - if not this time, the next time. This can be thwarted by finishing the pills, even at this point. Don't let them have their way - finish those little buggers off! ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection and an ear infection. I've been taking amoxicillin that was once prescribed to me and I didn't finish the whole thing. I?

Using this site: You get the most from this site when you provide background information and ask a clear related question. You have provided background but asked no clear question. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are not linked so each must contain full information/question. ...Read more

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My 6mnth old has an ear infection and was prescribed amoxil (amoxicillin). His fever is gone and he seems to be feeling a bit better. Should I hold off on the rx?

Give it all: Treatment times were developed by taking repeated samples of pus from infected ears & seeing how long it took to kill the germ. The duration of treatment depends on the medication. Stopping after the fever subsides can leave a few germs behind that re-start the infection & may lead to abx resistance. Give it all or expect pbs. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more