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If it is possible I have mastoiditis and I was given antibiotic ear drops for an ear infection, would that alone likely solve the problem?

If it is possible I have mastoiditis and I was given antibiotic ear drops for an ear infection, would that alone likely solve the problem?

No: True mastoiditis is an urgent problem usually requiring hospital care and IV antibiotics. I doubt anyone would send you out with ear drops if this were the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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Saturday I went to doctor & got antibiotic &ear drops for an ear infection. Sunday there was a lump behind my ear. Monday one by my face; face swollen?

Saturday I went to doctor & got antibiotic &ear drops for an ear infection. Sunday there was a lump behind my ear. Monday one by my face; face swollen?

Get seen: By your doctor asap, you need to be evaluated for possible spread of infection, you may need more/another antibiotic or other measures, wish you wellness ...Read more

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I have been prescribed ear drips and antibitoics for an ear infection. After putting the ear drops in i am getting severe pain?

I have been prescribed ear drips and antibitoics for an ear infection. After putting the ear drops in i am getting severe pain?

Ear drops: Solutions are acidic and can cause more pain than suspensions. If there is a eardrum perforation, there will be more pain. ...Read more

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Exocin eye drops solution ofloxacin, can this be used as ear drops for ear infection?

Exocin eye drops solution ofloxacin, can this be used as ear drops for ear infection?

Not labeled for such: Eye drops formulated for ocular structures ; labeled for use as such by product inserts. Most formulations have special otic(ear) preparations for specific ear use as well. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ear infection to heal with ear drops.?

How long does it take for a ear infection to heal with ear drops.?

3-5 days: If the infection is an inner ear infection - the natural course is about 3-5 days. Anytime a treatment doesn't seem to help after a few days always recheck with your MD. Swimmer's ears (outer ear infections) should also show improvement within the same time period. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection that is getting worse even with ear drops. Help needed fast!?

What to do if I have an ear infection that is getting worse even with ear drops. Help needed fast!?

External vs middle: The most important part of this question is whether you have an outer ear (ear canal) or middle ear (behind the eardrum) infection. Drops only work for infection in the ear canal. If you have an external ear infection that is not getting better with ear drops, you either need different drops, or you need to have debris removed from the canal. Either way, you need to see a doctor for help. ...Read more

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What else can I use other than ear drops to help clear up my ear infection?

What else can I use other than ear drops to help clear up my ear infection?

Ear infection: Most ear infections in older children and adults heal by themselves in a few days. However, if you continue to have pain after using the eardrops for over 72 hours and you develop a fever or become very uncomfortable with worse pain, your doctor can check you again and perhaps prescribe an antibiotic then if the ear infection has persisted. You make a painkiller to ease the earache. ...Read more

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What kind of over-the-counter ear drops can I get if im starting to get an ear infection?

What kind of over-the-counter ear drops can I get if  im starting to get an ear infection?

Ear drops: It depends on whether you going to have an infection of the outer ear canal or an infection of the middle ear.If you think the outer ear is involved you can use vinegar drops since the psedomonas organism which normally causes it is sensitive to vinegar. If you suspect a middle ear problem, use nose drops since the usual cause of a middle ear problem is post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

That depends: You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection.I have been prescribed neo/polymyxin/hc ear drops. It says to take 4 times a day. Does that mean I have to take it every 6 hrs?

I have an ear infection.I have been prescribed neo/polymyxin/hc ear drops. It says to take 4 times a day. Does that mean I have to take it every 6 hrs?

4 times a day: 4 times a day usually means breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. You dont have to set your alarm to every 6 hours. ...Read more

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I am a 16 year old male. I have an ear infection. I have some 7.5ml "ciprodex" ear drops. Can i take them past expiration? The expiration was may 2009.

I am a 16 year old male. I have an ear infection. I have some 7.5ml "ciprodex" ear drops. Can i take them past expiration? The expiration was may 2009.

The : The reason drugs have expiration dates relate to the stability of the medication over time and the possible loss of potency among other things. 3 years is too long, and while it may not harm you, you would be better off getting a new prescription to treat your infection optimally. This will require a physician prescription and usually evaluation which is a better idea than treating yourself. ...Read more

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Are floxin (ofloxacin) ear drops good for ear infections?

Are floxin (ofloxacin) ear drops good for ear infections?

External infection?: Ear drops are primarily used for otitis externa, (outer canal infection). If you have a middle ear infection, (otitis media), you may need oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have an exterior ear infection and i am currently using ear drops from doctor. Will i have any kind of drainage from this?

I have an exterior ear infection and i am currently using ear drops from doctor. Will i have any kind of drainage from this?

From the drops: Placing drops in your ear canal, which is a closed space, will result in some of that solution/suspension leaking out. ...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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Are medicated ear drops really able to get rid of ear infections?

Are medicated ear drops really able to get rid of ear infections?

Yes: Depending on the type of infection, yes, drops can be an appropriate treatment. It is important to know what you're treating though: is this an inner ear infection or outer? Is there a perforation of the ear drum or ear tubes? I think it's best to have a physician take a look. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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