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Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

No: This will actually help trap moisture and provide a better growth medium for a bacterial infection. ...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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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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4year with ear infection, just after winter flu, placed cotton wool with olive oil in ear. Should I go to doctor or wait and see?

4year with ear infection, just after winter flu, placed cotton wool with olive oil in ear. Should I go to doctor or wait and see?

Try this: Read this short article: https://www. Kaushikmd. Com/boost-your-immunity-to-beat-cough-cold-this-season/

If symptoms don't improve in 3 days, tehn take him to his PCP; sooner if worse. ...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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How do you cure an ear infection?

How do you cure an ear infection?

Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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How will you control ear infection?

How will you control ear infection?

Antibiotics: If you are older than 2 y/o, some experts recommend watchful waiting, giving it a chance to naturally go away. If it does not symptomatically clear within several days, antibiotics usually are necessary and always recommended under 2. ...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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What to take for ear infection otc?

What to take for ear infection otc?

Ear pain: There are otc ear pain drops that can numb ear pain. Tylenol/motrin helps as well. If ear pain not betteror associated with fever and other sytemic symptoms needs to seek medical helps as one may need prescription oral antbiotics. For otitis externa (infection of ear canal) prescription topical antibiotic with or wthout steroid is needed. ...Read more

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What to do about this ear infection?

What to do about this ear infection?

Have it treated: If you have an ear infection, proper evaluation and treatment is advised. Comfort measures with Ibuprofen or a heating pad can provide some relief, but resolution needs more. ...Read more

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How common is an e coli ear infection?

How common is an e coli ear infection?

Rare: If you are in good health otherwise, I would consider whether this might be a contaminant. ...Read more

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

It definitely can: A variety of conditions can cause an earache and toothache, and the two symptoms are often related. In the case of a toothache, you can have referred pain to the ear and vice versa. See your dentist first to rule out tooth pain. ...Read more

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What could cause a severe ear infection?

What could cause a severe ear infection?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an ear infection?

How do I know if I have an ear infection?

Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection always the same?

Symptoms of ear infection always the same?

No: Ear infections can present with just ear pain, fever, vomiting, tugging on the ears or throat pain or any combination of the above. ...Read more

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Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Generally yes: In most cases it should be fine... But:
if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming.
If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting.
If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more

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Can I use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Can I use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Clindamycin: Yes the drug may be used for otitis. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms in a ear infection?

What are some symptoms in a ear infection?

Pain fever congested: Middle ear infections usually occur during an upper respiratory infection. Inflammatory fluid or mucous builds and becomes infected. The middle ear does not drain properly through a congested eustachian tube, leading to pressure, pain, fever. Saline nasal drops, humidifiers, elevation of the head, warm compress may promote draining. If not, antibiotics and or steroid nasal sprays may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Yes: To have pain with an ear infection the infected material must build up pressure on the ear drum causing it to stretch or cause direct irritation to the drum itself. Some kids or adults will have an infection that doesn't do either. ...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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What to do if I have a double ear infection?

What to do if I have a double ear infection?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to get a ear infection?

Can you describe how to get a ear infection?

Trapped bacteria: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in ear canal) or middle ear (behind ear drum). Outer ear infections can be bacteria or fungus trapped on the skin in the ear canal causing a local skin infection.
Middle ear infections are virus/bacteria trapped typically from a nasal cold/infection in the warm sequestered space behind the ear drum. Either should be seen by an md/specialist. ...Read more

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Any tips for a person with an ear infection?

Home made drops: If it is your external ear you can make drops with 9 parts alcohol and 1 part whitevinegar. If it your middle ear you may need an antibiotic. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What if you had the ear infection for 2 days?

What if you had the ear infection for 2 days?

Get seen: If you have ear pain, the only way to determine if the ear looks infected is to have the ear checked. But, per present research, about 85-90% of ear infections clear without antibiotics. . . Treat pain instead. Get seen. ...Read more

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Could you explain how to get an ear infection?

Could you explain how to get an ear infection?

Trapped bacteria: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in ear canal) or middle ear (behind ear drum). Outer ear infections can be bacteria or fungus trapped on the skin in the ear canal causing a local skin infection.
Middle ear infections are virus/bacteria trapped typically from a nasal cold/infection in the warm sequestered space behind the ear drum. Either should be seen by an md/specialist. ...Read more

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Are pain and fullness symptoms of ear infection?

Are pain and fullness symptoms of ear infection?

Yes: Among other things these are symptoms of ear infections. These symptoms can be associated with many other illnesses as well so see your doctor to make sure that you aren't missing anything more serious. ...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 relieve the pain for an ear infection?

How can I relieve the pain for an ear infection?

Heat: Often kids have some releaf if they put their hurt ear down on a heating pad or compress at a low heat level. The diffuse heat messages going to the brain seem to deminish the ear pain some. If over 6mo I prefer ibuprophen for the discomfort. ...Read more

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I have a case of ear infection. What should I do?

Ear Infection: Most ear infections follow a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Over the counter nasal decongestant sprays may help open up your eustachian tube, the opening from your nose to your ear. When this plugs up, we get ear infections. Gently blowing your nose with your mouth closed may clear your ears. If not, go see your primary care provider for antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I help soothe pain from an ear infection?

Ibuprofen, tylenol (acetaminophen): Pain from the ear infection typically presents with inflammation local to the area around the infection. Treating the infection slowly brings the inflammation down but Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) can help with the immediate pain in the meantime. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get an ear infection?

Pain, hearing loss: If you mean infection behind your ar drum that is acute, it presents with intense pain and hearing loss. An ear canal infection or swimmer's ear results in ear pressure and pain. ...Read more

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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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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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