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Can you have rectal operation whilst on antibiotic for ear infection?

Can you have rectal operation whilst on antibiotic for ear infection?

Antibiotics: Often, prior to a rectal operation, you will have to do a bowel prep, which includes antibiotics, but these are usually not the same antibiotics that you would necessarily use for an ear infection. Best to check with the surgeon who is doing the surgery to see if there might be any other issues or if the ear infection is better. ...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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Is omnicef (cefdinir) a good antibiotic for ear infection from piercing? I've taken it before and had no problems. Is it poss. To become allergic to it?

Is omnicef (cefdinir) a good antibiotic for ear infection from piercing? I've taken it before and had no problems. Is it poss. To become allergic to it?

Skin infection: Omnicef (cefdinir) is one of the prescrition medicine physician writes for recurrent middle ear infections.
You have skin or soft tissue infection for ear piercing- Omnicef (cefdinir) is not the correct antibiotic. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I got off an antibiotic for ear infection and I'm have pain behind my jaw and in my neck. I aldi have a bit of a rash on my chin. What should I do?

I got off an antibiotic for ear infection and I'm have pain behind my jaw and in my neck. I aldi have a bit of a rash on my chin. What should I do?

Need ENT follow up: Pain behind the jaw can be many causes but one thing most worrisome is mastoiditis which can occur as complication from ear infection. However it is rare infection and usually happens in chronic ear infection. Another possible diagnosis is lymphadenitis. The rash and associated with the infection.
See your own doctor and possible let an ENT take a look.
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Taking antibiotic for ear infection - and it is also making my replaced knee joint feel better. Why could that be?

Taking antibiotic for ear infection - and it is also making my replaced knee joint feel better. Why could that be?

Knee infection also?: An antiobiotic goes to all parts of your body, including your ears and you knees, and everywhere else. If you have been having symptoms of knee pain that were improved with an antibiotic, you should probably tell your orthopedic surgeon and get his/her input! ...Read more

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Why do you feel worse as the day gets later when you have a virus? Just finished 10 days of antibiotics for ear infection, still sick think have virus

Why do you feel worse as the day gets later when you have a virus? Just finished 10 days of antibiotics for ear infection, still sick think have virus

Well: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections - not viral infections. Maybe, you were being treated for a possible bacterial infection? The medication which clears the infection won't necessarily relieve pressure / fluid behind the eardrum - which can cause pain. ...Read more

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I'm on antibiotic for ear infection since Saturday eve however still have some pain/discomfort in my ear. Should all symptoms not have cleared by now?

I'm on antibiotic for ear infection since Saturday eve however still have some pain/discomfort in my ear. Should all symptoms not have cleared by now?

As long as the pain: Is lessening, this is normal. Some of the discomfort people feel with an ear infection is from the fluid that is behind the ear drum and it can take some time for that to go away (even 1-2 weeks), so if your discomfort worsens, or is still there after that time period, please have it rechecked....or if you develop new symptoms, you should also be checked. ...Read more

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Should I take oral systemic antibiotics for ear infection from piercing?

Treat infection: When skin or soft tissue is infected, it should be treated with the most effective agent available. ...Read more

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On antibiotics for ear infection after holiday and have bad diareah with mucus could the infection cause this?

On antibiotics for ear infection after holiday and have bad diareah with mucus could the infection cause this?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea can have many causes. If you have recently been on antibiotics, this may have contributed. Have a stool sample checked and while you are waiting for the result eat yogurt and try probiotics. All the best. ...Read more

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Is mastoiditis treated with the same antibiotics as ear infections?

Is mastoiditis treated with the same antibiotics as ear infections?

Not always the same!: Mastoiditis is usually caused by an "untreated" middle ear infection. Treatment is primarily with antibiotics and/or surgery. Conventional oral antibiotics for middle ear infection usually prevents complications and spread of infection in mastoiditis. In the US, mastoiditis treatment is usually with IV antibiotics. If more severe-surgery is indicated with an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Why are pediatricians trying not to give kids antibiotics for ear infections?

Why are pediatricians trying not to give kids antibiotics for ear infections?

Judgement call: Many a red ear drum is just a virus, or a reaction to having the tool in the canal to view it. It can also be just sterile fluid which is benign & can clear on its own. Pediatricians are not avoiding antibiotics when they see a puss level and believe it to be a bacterial infection. We are tired of finding hard to cure germs that arise from overuse of antibiotics when they are not needed. ...Read more

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Had 2 courses antibiotics 4 ear infection. Its almost clear have a spray otomize now, is it ok to fly?

Had 2 courses antibiotics 4 ear infection. Its almost clear have a spray otomize now, is it ok to fly?

Ear infections: We have no information about you, not even your age let alone medical or medication history, the type of ear infection and your symptoms. What is the spray? What kind of airplane will you be on? Please talk to the doctor who is treating your ear infection with 4 courses of antibiotics and you will get a more relevant and appropriate response to your question. ...Read more

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Day 5 of flu and antibiotics for ear infection. The fever came back is this normal? First we had fever the first 2 days and went 2 days without it

Day 5 of flu and antibiotics for ear infection. The fever came back is this normal? First we had fever the first 2 days and went 2 days without it

? viral infection: Rather, so antibiotics won't work, may help if there is a secondary bacterial infection though, however you want to finish the prescribed course, continue the pain killers/fever medicines, rest and fluids, saline nasal washes would help too if congested; if no improvement, call your doctor for a second look, good luck ...Read more

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Where can I go for free antibiotics for ear infection caused by wisdom tooth?

Where can I go for free antibiotics for ear infection caused by wisdom tooth?

Peculiar question: Wisdom tooth issues can cause ear pain but it is not an infection. Simple anti inflammatory agents like Ibuprofen are helpful. A true ear infection is caused by germs and should be verified by visual inspection. If you have a local free clinic, have it checked. Antibiotics are not handed out based on your guess about what is needed. ...Read more

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My daughter (18) has had 3 lots of antibiotics for ear infection. It's no longer inflamed but still enlarged and still sore. Is this normal?

My daughter (18) has had 3 lots of antibiotics for ear infection. It's no longer inflamed but still enlarged and still sore. Is this normal?

Needs to be seen: You need to follow up with your child's doctor. It's difficult to answer your question without an ear exam and your daughter's prior medical history. ...Read more

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Have had a cold for 2 weeks. Finished antibiotics for ear infection today, but ears are still plugged. No pain, just hard to hear. What can I do?

Have had a cold for 2 weeks. Finished antibiotics for ear infection today, but ears are still plugged. No pain, just hard to hear. What can I do?

Ear infection: Is this otitis media? Usually this goes with congestion that there could be fluid in the ears and can cause a damping effect like under water to the ear ossicles for hearing. If it is otitis externa, make sure the doctor looks at the canal for wax or exudate to clean it and clear it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been taking antibiotics for ear infection for a week but my jaw still hurts whenever I chew. Could it be something other than ear infection?

I have been taking antibiotics for ear infection for a week but my jaw still hurts whenever I chew. Could it be something other than ear infection?

Could be TMJ: Could be ear infection. Could also be tempro-mandibular joint dysfunction. Could be wisdom tooth problem. If hour md/do saw reason to give you antibiotics, make sure you take them until all gone. In the meantime, see an orthodontist to check your occlusion and your jaw joint. If 3rd molar involved you will also be referred to an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I had strep, got steroid and antibiotics for ear infection and strep. Its been three weeks and still congested and coughing up green mucous. Normal?

I had strep, got steroid and antibiotics for ear infection and strep. Its been three weeks and still congested and coughing up green mucous. Normal?

URI: Upper respiratory infections may be caused by bacteria or viruses, or very rarely by fungus. In your case, I assume a test was done to confirm that you had a strep infection which was treated by antibiotics. You may have also had a viral infection, which will not respond to antibiotics, or you may have a new bacterial infection at this point. Please schedule a follow up visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter has a swollen gland under her ear, it has gotten smaller over the last couple of days but still there and very painful. How do we treat and when should I become worried? GP prescribed antibiotics for ear infection

My daughter has a swollen gland under her ear, it has gotten smaller over the last couple of days but still there and very painful. How do we treat and when should I become worried? GP prescribed antibiotics for ear infection

Lymphadenitis: If the swelling is getting smaller and less painful, it is a good sign. But if the swelling and pain remain, it could be an abscess or something else and you will have to get it checked out. ...Read more

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Fever Lasting 5 days. Taking antibiotics for ear infection 3rdday. Fever increases around 6 hrs after Motrin. Coughing and irregular runny nose?

Fever Lasting 5 days. Taking antibiotics for ear infection 3rdday. Fever increases around 6 hrs after Motrin. Coughing and irregular runny nose?

Possibly flu: This might be the flu. 5 days of fever, and not responding to antibiotics may be due to the fact it is viral, possibly the flu ...Read more

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Should I switch to a different antibiotic for an ear infection if this one isn't working?

Ear infection: It is not a good idea to treat infections without a diagnosis--and a doctor--managing it. Many folks find some "old" antibiotics laying around and take them for what they feel is their diagnosis. Then for whatever reason if they don't get better, they try to switch, again without a good exam and a diagnosis. Lots of things cause ear pain, and antibiotics aren't the answer for all. ...Read more

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Usually have 1 elderberry gummy a day, right now on an antibiotic for an ear infection, can I continue with the gummies or the elderberry syrup?

Usually have 1 elderberry gummy a day, right now on an antibiotic for an ear infection, can I continue with the gummies or the elderberry syrup?

Either sounds ok: Very little, if any, research is done on most supplement products sold. That means nobody truly knows what's really in such products, and nobody truly knows the full actions, interactions, and side effects of such products. That said, there should be no noticeable effect of either the gummy or the syrup on a person's antibiotic use or her ear infection. ...Read more

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Need antibiotic for toddler ear infection?

Need antibiotic for toddler ear infection?

Antibiotics: Prescription antibiotics for children are best managed by a local pediatrician who can perform an in-person exam and determine the appropriate treatment course. This is not only in the best interest of your child, but for the general public as well. ...Read more

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My 1 year old has been sick for 2 weeks and on an antibiotic for an ear infection for 3 days and has just now started getting fevers over 102. Why?

My 1 year old has been sick for 2 weeks and on an antibiotic for an ear infection for 3 days and has just now started getting fevers over 102. Why?

Call your doc: Shouldn't be getting fevers from ear infection 3 days after antibiotics if they're the right antibiotics at the right dose. You should call your doctor about it. Without more info (any other symptoms, ear or nasal drainage, sinus pressure, nausea, vomiting, rash, etc) and without examining your child, it's impossible to say exactly what's going on, but it's possible you need different antibiotics. ...Read more

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My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment?

Common problem: Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed. That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. ...Read more

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I have an 8 month old baby on omoxicilian (spelling, antibiotic) for an ear infection. Has a wheezing cough. No temp. Should I be worry over wheeze?

I have an 8 month old baby on omoxicilian (spelling, antibiotic) for an ear infection. Has a wheezing cough. No temp. Should I be worry over wheeze?

Amoxicillin: Is a basic antibiotic that treats various bacterial infections. Did your child have the noisy breathing during the doctor's exam? Sometimes mucous drips down from the upper airways (sinuses, nose, throat) and causes irritation & noisy breathing. Have your child examined by his/her pediatrician when you can. Take care--- ...Read more

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My 6month boy is in the 5th day antibiotic for (mild ear infection, sore throat, cough with some mucus in his chest &low grade fever)& know temp increas?

My 6month boy is in the 5th day antibiotic for (mild ear infection, sore throat, cough with some mucus in his chest &low grade fever)& know temp increas?

Infection: It is possible the infection is not sensitive to the antibiotic. Try some Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or ibuprofen as there could also be a viral component (which antibiotics do not treat) causing his low grade fever. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is metronidazole antibiotic to use for ear infection?

Is metronidazole antibiotic to use for ear infection?

Metronidazole: Metronidazole is not typically used for ear infections. First line treatment is usually amoxicillin, however some patients respond better to amoxicillin/clavulonate, or a cephalosporin. Antibiotic allergy must also be considered when choosing, but Metronidazole is usually not among the choices. ...Read more

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What is the best middle ear infection antibiotic?

None: Most cases of otitis media (middle ear infection) may not need antibiotic treatment. When they do there are multiple choices and whether one is "better" than another depends upon the results and the potential for side-effects. ...Read more

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I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen. I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4

I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen. I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4

I: I hope you are better by now. For anyone reading this post or for your future reference, you can always call the doctor that is treating you. He/she will tell you if they think you should come back into the office, go to the er, or they may just want to change your medication.
In your case the antibiotics were not adequate or they may not have been necessary since many ear infections are viral and tend to clear on their own over time.
If for some reason you are still in pain and have not seen your doctor do so immediately.
All the best. ...Read more

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I have been an on a 5-day antibiotic (klarithran) for middle ear infection but the ear still hurts. Should I go back to the doctor or should I wait?

Takes time: The discomfort of a the infection comes from the stretch the material makes on the ear drum. The antibiotics can kill all the germs but the pressure can persist until the body begins to remove the mucous/debris. Any fever triggered by the germ should be gone if the meds are working but a fullness can remain for while. Add ibuprofen and use a heating pad on low setting if needed. Recheck if desired ...Read more

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My baby has horrible breath....comes and goes but is on her 3rd set of antibiotics for ear infection. Could this be a drainage problem?

My baby has horrible breath....comes and goes but is on her 3rd set of antibiotics for ear infection. Could this be a drainage problem?

ENT: Consultation, she might as well have chronic sinusitis for whatever reason or? Retained small foreign body, in addition to what Dr Corey Clay described earlier in his answer ...Read more

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24month LO prescripted antibiotics for ear infection yesterday. But I doubt her UTI now. Should I see doc for another antibiotic? Or are they same?

Which antibiotic?: It is hard to say given we do not know what antibiotic child is on. It may be able to cover both, although usually abx for OM covers gram positive and abx for UTI more so for gram negative. However if abx prescribed has broad coverage it could work for both. I would follow up with physician for urine test if any concern ...Read more

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On antibiotics for ear infection after cold. Dr said fluid in ears 4 days ago. What can I do to get the full/clogged feel gone? I can't hear from ear

On antibiotics for ear infection after cold. Dr said fluid in ears 4 days ago. What can I do to get the full/clogged feel gone? I can't hear from ear

Clogged ears: After cold, fluid in the middle ears which you are receiving an antibiotic for. Saline nasal washes would help relieve the congestion in your nasal cavity and your throat, that will help open up the Eustachian tubes and relieve the pressure in your middle ears, OTC steroid nasal sprays can help too, read the instructions on how to use them right, and whether they suit your case. C ur MD if not better ...Read more

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Been dealing with this off balance rocking sensation and dizziness for over 3 weeks. Took antibiotics for ear infection. Could this be a brain tumor?

Been dealing with this off balance rocking sensation and dizziness for over 3 weeks. Took antibiotics for ear infection. Could this be a brain tumor?

Unlikely: Rather can be your inner ear, which controls your balance in addition to hearing, see your doctor who may refer you to an ENT specialist or a neurologist, good luck ...Read more

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Took antibiotics for ear infection. Large almond-sized lymph nodes remain swollen and rubbery on sides of neck 3 months later. Could it be lymphoma?

Probably: Not lymphoma, you have a cause, that is ear infection. Sometimes it takes longer the swollen lymphonodes to disappear. If it does not go away after couple months see your doctor. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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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


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