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Ear infection being treated with azithromycin - ear feels better, but still have on and off mild fever after 3 days??

Ear infection being treated with azithromycin - ear feels better, but still have on and off mild fever after 3 days??

Often ear infections: Are viral or have accompanying viruses, which may be the cause of the fever. I would recommend you have a recheck at your doctor if the fever still persists after the next few days, just to be sure the ear infection is actually better and that there's nothing else that needs to be treated. ...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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Will z pak (azithromycin) take care of an ear infection?

Will z pak (azithromycin) take care of an ear infection?

Azithromycin: In most cases a Z-pak will cure ear infections (I believe the cure rate is around 92%). Follow-up with your prescribing physician at the end of treatment if you are still having significant symptoms. ...Read more

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So I just took 1000mg of Azithromycin just once for an ear infection will I be alright?

So I just took 1000mg of Azithromycin just once for an ear infection will I be alright?

You'll be fine: Taking 1 gram (1000 mg) azithromycin in a single dose is the normal treatment for chlamydia and the STD nongonococcal urethritis (NGU). It might work for an ear infection, but has not been studied. In any case, it won't hurt you. Maybe some brief abdominal pain, nausea, or diarrhea, but that's all. Contact your doctor to be certain you took the drug as she intended. Good luck! ...Read more

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Took Azithromycin for 5 days for an ear infection. Today just developed a rash on my elbows. Could this be related?

Took Azithromycin for 5 days for an ear infection. Today just developed a rash on my elbows. Could this be related?

Mgt: It may be an allergic reaction, but a drug reaction tends to be more diffuse. If it persists or is associated with respiratory symptoms, please seek immediate care. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that u can get an ear infection from a sinus infection? If so, will the azithromycin clear that up as well? My ear hurts.

Is there a possibility that u can get an ear infection from a sinus infection? If so, will the azithromycin clear that up as well? My ear hurts.

You betcha!: Your sinuses, pharynx (throat), nose and middle ears are all interconnected. It's a complex maze of tubes and passages that easily pass infection from one area to another. And yes, your Azithromycin should be adequate at clearing things up. I'm a bit fonder of a penicillin based treatment for sinus/ear, like augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) but that's probably the pediatrician in me talking. Chew gum to relieve ear pain. ...Read more

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Prescribed biprofenid with azithromycin for ear infection. Is it ok to just take antibiotic bc the NSAIDs make me extremely sick to my stomach.?

Prescribed biprofenid with azithromycin for ear infection. Is it ok to just take antibiotic bc the NSAIDs make me extremely sick to my stomach.?

YES: You can always avoid a symptomatic medication when you know you cannot tolerate it. You may be able to help your pain by holding moist heat to the side of your head (side with earache).For some reason diffuse heat clouds the brain's pain sensors. The Azith+ takes a while to start helping so plan to deal with it for a while. ...Read more

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Started with URI feb 23, turned into bilateral ear infection. Was prescribed azithromycin 500 on 3/2 and cephalexin 250 on 3/14. I still cannot hear.

Middle ear fluid: First, zithromax is not a good drug for upper respiratory bacterial infections. If you have a hearing loss, it is most likely that you have fluid behind the ear drum. That fluid can be surgically removed and hearing should return immediately. First, however, get an audiogram (hearing test). If the hearing loss has been present for more than 3 weeks, see an ENT for therapy. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed 2 days ago with an ear infection & put on Azythromycin. He shows no improvement after 2 doses, only greatly increased ear pain and discharge. Should we wait another day, or go back to his PCP?

Takes time: The discomfort of an ear infection comes from the stretch on the eardrum caused by the pressure of germs + fluid. Relief can take many days. I find Azithromycin a little slower to reach best effects than many penicillin based drugs, but it works. If other indicators like fever have responded I would give it time. ...Read more

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I am on azythromycin for ear infection and still dizzy when will it go away?

I am on azythromycin for ear infection and still dizzy when will it go away?

Raises Concern: Most bacterial ear infections have pain, hearing loss and ear pressure as symptoms, dizziness is much less common. If after completing the antibiotics you are still dizzy you should see an ear doctor to make sure you did not damage the inner ear. Failure to address an inner ear problem can result in permanent injury. ...Read more

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My daughter had ear infection on sunday. She's on day 4 of zithromax. Feeling fine. Swim lesson on friday ok?

My daughter had ear infection on sunday. She's on day 4 of zithromax. Feeling fine. Swim lesson on friday ok?

Go for it: I see no reason a kid that is feeling fine can't go swimming.The water has nothing to do with a middle ear infection in the first place & should not bother it now. ...Read more

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My one year old daughter had a double ear infection. Wefinished the zithromax on friday. Today, she woke up with a swollen eye and green slime coming out. Could she besuffering from pink eye?

My one year old daughter had a double ear infection. Wefinished the zithromax on friday. Today, she woke up with a swollen eye and green slime coming out. Could she besuffering from pink eye?

This could be...: This could be a few things. She may have picked up a new eye infection...Viral or bacterial. This also could be otitis-conjunctivitis...Which is an ear and eye infection at the same time and the antibiotic she was on would not have been adequate. Please contact your doctor with this and with any and all concerns you have. Thank you. ...Read more

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If I finished a z-pak for an ear infection 2 days ago is it safe to drink alcohol?

If I finished a z-pak for an ear infection 2 days ago is it safe to drink alcohol?

Z-pack: We cannot advise children. We have to assume you are underage since you didn't post your age. ...Read more

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My baby has pinkeye and an ear infection and I caught the pinkeye and also have congestion, bad sore throat. I'm on Z-Pak now. How do we stop spread?

My baby has pinkeye and an ear infection and I caught the pinkeye and also have congestion, bad sore throat. I'm on Z-Pak now. How do we stop spread?

Pink eye: Proper hand washing is crucial. If this is viral, which I am highly suspicious it is, then being on a Z-pack won't do anything to stop the spread. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection (of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more

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Best way to treat an ear infection?

Best way to treat an ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus.
If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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In what way can you treat an ear infection?

In what way can you treat an ear infection?

Otitis: First you need to know if it is a real ear infection. This requires professional to examine the ear. If the infection is in the external ear canal it may respond to topical drops depending on the severity of the infection. If it is in the middle ear it may be viral and will resolve in time; if bacterial may need antibiotics. If severe and in the inner ear may need drainage/antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is amoxocillian enough to treat a ear infection?

Is amoxocillian enough to treat a ear infection?

Usually works well: No matter what we select and what it costs there is a failure rate for any med.Amoxicillin in proper doses is one of the most commonly used and effective meds for ear infections. ...Read more

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How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

Earring infection: First make sure you do not have a hypersensitivity reaction to nickle. Earrings should be taken out in any case. If the infection is in the lobe of the ear it may heal on its own w/frequent cleaning w/a disinfectant cleansing agent. If it is in the upper ear or cartilage or if it is a lobe infection that is very swollen ; painful with cellulitis you should see a doc for cultures +/- antibiotic. ...Read more

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I would like guide to ways to treat an ear infection?

I would like guide to ways to treat an ear infection?

Pain management: First line of treatment - pain relief
if pain not subsiding in 2-3 days - start antibiotics. ...Read more

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How should I treat my ear infection at home?

See a doctor: These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Ear infection leading to toothache. What should I treat first?

Ear infection leading to toothache. What should I treat first?

No: An ear infection does not lead to a tooth ache. I agree that dental pain can refer pain to the side of the face (earache or more properly otalgia). But the two problems if they coexist are unrelated except for the referral of dental pain to the side of the face. You probably need to see both a dentist and an ENT doctor. ...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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Is ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?

Is ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can be used PO (by mouth) or topically in the ear canal for ear infections. ...Read more

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Do tubes in ears treat recurring ear infections?

Do tubes in ears treat recurring ear infections?

Myringotomy tubes: Do not 'treat' ear infections per se, but prevent fluid from building up in the middle ear space where infections occur. In this sense, they are more preventative and reduce the number of infections that require treatment with oral antibiotics, prevent hearing loss and support speech development. ...Read more

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How does an otolaryngologist treat an ear infection (otitis media)?

How does an otolaryngologist treat an ear infection (otitis media)?

It depends: Otolaryngologists usually evaluate and treat patients who have had resistant or recurrent ear infections. They treatment they recommend will be highly dependant on each individual person's history, but may include antibiotics or surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Can I use vinegar and water in my ear to treat a fungal ear infection?

No: There is no role for vinegar and water if there is a true infection in the ear, this should be evaluated by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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How can you treat a tooth ache when you also have a cold and an ear infection?

How can you treat a tooth ache when you also have a cold and an ear infection?

ASAP GO TO DENTIST: Just tell the dentist about your cold, so the dentist can be sure to wear a face mask and not catch your cold. A cold is not a reason to avoidthe dentist. Your ear ache may be from your tooth, if it is a lower tooth. It is wrong to suffer in the 21st century. Get help and do not wait! ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection, being treated, but my ear keeps popping and paining me?

I have a middle ear infection, being treated, but my ear keeps popping and paining me?

Yes: Unfortunately that's your eustachian tube opening and closing. There are anesthetic ear drops that can be prescribed, or you can try a heated towel over your ear and see if that helps. Oral pain medicine like Motrin might also be helpful. ...Read more

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Is there any other way to treat a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?

Is there any other way to treat a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?

Maybe: Is the child in daycare with lots of other kids? This can increase risk of exposure to viruses and infections. Is there smoking in the home or car (even if child isn't in the room at the time)? Same thing.

You can try saline mist to the nostrils a few times a day to help rinse away bugs and allergens. Also, you can try xylitol 4-5x a day for the child to see if that helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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Being treated for ear infection and allergies. 3 more days of amoxicillin. Will ringing go away after treatment is finished?

Being treated for ear infection and allergies. 3 more days of amoxicillin. Will ringing go away after treatment is finished?

Tinnitus: Usually tinnitus is not associated with ear infection/fever. There may be another cause of the ringing - possibly excess fluid in the inner ear. Ask your doctor about using a low salt diet. ...Read more

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How to treat ear infection without medicine? This is the second time that my daughter of 14 months get it. What to do pediatrician or specialist?

How to treat ear infection without medicine? This is the second time that my daughter of 14 months get it. What to do pediatrician or specialist?

See her pediatrician: Two episodes of ear infection is not regarded excessive for 14-month-old. If she experiences more than 2 ear infections within 6 months or 3 within 12 months, consultation with ear specialist would be advised. ...Read more

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Just treated my 18 mo son, who has ear tubes, for ear infection. Once the meds stop, his ear started discharging again. Do I need to treat again?

Probably: If there is drainage you generally need to use the antibiotic drops. You do not generally need to use oral antibiotics. Ask your ENT about it. Persistent drainage after a course of antibiotics could mean a resistant bacteria or a fungal infection-- they may want to take a sample of the drainage to culture it. Also you may want to keep water out of the ear while it is having issues draining. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ear infection?

What can I do to treat ear infection?

Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more

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What do you treat a ear infection with?

What do you treat a ear infection with?

Treat ear infection: Depending on if this is an external ear infection or middle ear infection, or if there is active drainage from the year, a topical antibiotic or anti-fungal ear drop with or without the addition of an oral antibiotic may be needed.
I recommend you see your doctor or otolaryngologist (ENT) for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat my child's ear infection?

How can I treat my child's ear infection?

Ear infection: You can try using children's advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. If it is not improving or having a fever or other symptoms, please see your pcp or urgent care. ...Read more

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How can you treat an ear infection at home?

See a doctor: These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


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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