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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more

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I got a middle ear infection. Should i go to the docotors to get the ear drops? Or can I go to the pharmcy and get it myself?

Go to doctor : If you have a middle ear infection, which become less common as you approach adulthood, then ear drops will not resolve the infection. With a middle ear infection the problem is behind the ear drum and unless you have a hole the drops will not and usually should not get in there. There are drops to numb the ear drum otc but drops to treat external infections are rx only and need exam to tell. ...Read more

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I have had outer ear infections like 30 times in the past year and they gave me ear drops but is there any thing i can do to prevent them again?

I have had outer ear infections like 30 times in the past year and they gave me ear drops but is there any thing i can do to prevent them again?

Ask for culture...: Make sure the drainage form the ears has been cultured. If it is bacteria or yeast makes a huge difference, especially in recurrent infections. If this is caused by yeast and you are getting antibiotic drops, they are just going to make matters worse. Avoid use of ear buds. Also keep ear canals dry - use a hair dryer on low or air setting after you shower/bathe/swim to dry out canal decreases infx. ...Read more

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Ive had an ear infection for 4 days. My oral temperature is 99.1. Is that okay? Im hot and sweaty.I'm taking ear drops, amoxicillan, and dexamethason.

Ive had an ear infection for 4 days. My oral temperature is 99.1. Is that okay? Im hot and sweaty.I'm taking ear drops, amoxicillan, and dexamethason.

Probably: The body has a day/night cycle so a mild elevated temperature at night midway thru infection is ok. Dexamethasone is a steroid used by some to reduce inflammation. Don't list age or other medical conditions but I advise caution in using this medication due to potential side effects and cross reaction to other medications. Give it a few more days but if not better contact your MD. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexamethasone ...Read more

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Doctorsaid i had an ear infection. no pain but i have had hearing loss in my right ear. i was prescribed ear drops but its been 5days?

Doctorsaid i had an ear infection. no pain but i have had hearing loss in my right ear. i was prescribed ear drops but its been 5days?

ENT evaluation: Most ear infection will have pain and then other symptoms can also occur such as hearing loss and fevers. My suggestion is to see an ENT specialist and get a more thorough ear exam and possibly hearing tests if needed. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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