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When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

Ear infection: The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. ...Read more

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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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What is the best middle ear infection antibiotic?

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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My son doesn't respond well to amoxicillin for ear infections/strep, what would be the best antibiotic for him to take?

My son doesn't respond well to amoxicillin for ear infections/strep, what would be the best antibiotic for him to take?

Hard to say: The strep germ is universally sensitive to any penicillin drug, so any perceived failure to amoxicillin is likely a reinfection or a strep carrier problem. The 1st drug tried for an otitis fails about 10% of the time regardless of drug used. The drug that will work depends on the sensitivity of the germ, that changes with each infection, so there is no perfect choice.Luckily we have several ...Read more

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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

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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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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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Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

See below: A h percentage of ear infections will resolve on their own. If your child is over the age of 2 years, you can treat the pain with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or warm drops of olive oil in the ear that hurts. If the pain is not gone after 3 days, then your child should be seen. ...Read more

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For ear infection which antibiotic should be used n in which dose?

For ear infection which antibiotic should be used n in which dose?

See your doctor: There is new data out there about not giving antibiotics for aom. Would discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

Several days: Pain should resolve quickly, but blocked feeling may persist for many weeks. If blocked feeling does not resolve in 3-4 weeks, should see ENT doctor. ...Read more

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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 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


Dr. Janice Alexander
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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