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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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How long does it take for an ear infection to go away in a 1 year old...I have been given her amoxicillin for 6 days now?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All 1yo should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Recurrence is common in some infants. ...Read more

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Should I stop taking the amoxicillin for the ear infection to treat the vaginal discomfort or do I have to finish the medication?

Should I stop taking the amoxicillin for the ear infection to treat the vaginal discomfort or do I have to finish the medication?

Don't stop: It is never a good idea to discontinue a medication before completing the prescribed course. It is common however to develop a yeast infection while on this antibiotic. There are several over the counter medications available that you could use. ...Read more

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Took amoxicillin for a an ear infection had to take 3 times a day for a week now I ended the course I suffer with bad he's a aches why is this?

Took amoxicillin for a an ear infection had to take 3 times a day for a week now I ended the course I suffer with bad he's a aches why is this?

He's a aches???: Headaches??? This would be unexpected from a course of amoxicillin, but it is common to have a sinus infection along with an ear infection, but would expect persistent sinus congestion. If you have been tense, clenching teeth, the jaw joint in front of ear gets inflamed and causes ear pain and headaches. Some people with migraine may react to meds unexpectantly. If persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Day 9 of 10 of Amoxicillin course for ear infection. Have had little pain since day 3. Today feeling pain behind ear. Normal or should I go back to Dr?

Day 9 of 10 of Amoxicillin course for ear infection. Have had little pain since day 3. Today feeling pain behind ear. Normal or should I go back to Dr?

Ear pain: Since you cannot be assessed over the internet the answer is obvious. See the doctor and make sure that you are not developing mastoid infection, or some other issue is present. Good luck and hope this turns out to be a minor issue. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection I have some amoxicillin from 09 is it ok to take?

I have a ear infection I have some amoxicillin from 09 is it ok to take?

What kind: There are a number of issues that can produce ear pain that require no abx, including tooth issues, fluid, neuritis, etc. You can certainly assume you have a middle ear infection and take 6+ yr old, out of date meds. It is unlikely to injure you, But the strength of the med is likely poor, and if you really need it, no problem. These sometimes self heal (unless its a different problem). ...Read more

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How often and how long should I take amoxil (amoxicillin) tablets for an ear infection?

How often and how long should I take amoxil (amoxicillin) tablets for an ear infection?

Discuss with PCP: If you're asking it likely means you have likely self diagnosed & are using some left over med from another illness or other source. This is not a good idea. You could be right, or wrong. Your problem may not require antibiotics & clear on it's own. Timing & duration of any treatment is best assessed by the professional who confirms the diagnosis & need for treatment. ...Read more

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My 13 y/o son has an ear infection, its been 4 days now. I have amoxicillin 500 mg, how many times a day should he take it?

My 13 y/o son has an ear infection, its been 4 days now. I have amoxicillin 500 mg, how many times a day should he take it?

Prescription: You really should be very careful about prescription medications that weren't prescribed specifically for your son your son should really be evaluated and prescribed a medication specifically for him. Particularly for children, medicines are prescribed by weight. It also may not be the most appropriate drug for his condition. He really should be evaluated and a prescription given to him. ...Read more

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I had an ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin. It got better in the first 5 days but in the 6th day it started getting worse again why?

Possible med fail: Amoxicillin does not work 100% of the time. If the pain has returned, you should go back to your doctor and let them reevaluate. You might need to be on a different anabiotic. Or you could have a swimmer's ear infection going on at the same time and would need ear drops. Call your doctor for an appointment. ...Read more

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34 lbs. 4y.o. given Rx amoxicillin 250mg/5 sus 7.5 mls 2xs per day for ear infection. I mistakenly gave her 7.5 tsp for 3 days! What should I expect?

34 lbs. 4y.o. given Rx amoxicillin 250mg/5 sus 7.5 mls 2xs per day for ear infection. I mistakenly gave her 7.5 tsp for 3 days! What should I expect?

Incorrect Doseage: Start her back on the correct dose. The only thing that could happen is his infection might not go away. I would make sure you take her back in after the antibiotics to have her ears checked ...Read more

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I am taking amoxicillin for a ear infection and notice yesterday my urine is bright orange is that normal?

Go see your doctor: Go and see your doctor.

Orange (as opposed to yellow or slightly brownish) urine is not normal. It is a sign of liver or sometimes urinary tract disease.

Intensely yellow urine is normal after taking a number of products, particularly b group vitamins. Urine from people taking penicillins such as Amoxicillin typically has a distinctive, "yeasty" smell. But if your urine is truly orange this may be the sign of something wrong and you should go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have ear infection, I'm taking amoxicillin for 3 days but my ear I still leant hear clear. Is this normal?

I have ear infection, I'm taking amoxicillin for 3 days but my ear I still leant hear clear. Is this normal?

Normal: Antibiotics take some time to start working. If it does not start getting better in a week, you might need different antibiotics, such as z-pak or something along those lines. ...Read more

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My 18 mo has bad ear infection and threat infection and on amoxicillin. She's not eating well. Can I give her pediasure?

My 18 mo has bad ear infection and threat infection and on amoxicillin. She's not eating well. Can I give her pediasure?

Recommendation: No needs to use pediasure at this point. All kids with ear infection and on antibiotics have appetite down and need time to recover. Use probiotics, yogurt and in few days appetite will come back. With pediasure kid may develop diarrhea and indigestion. ...Read more

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Its been a week today since I have been on amoxicillin for an ear infection & I still feel mild pain within my ear, is this normal?

Its been a week today since I have been on amoxicillin for an ear infection & I still feel mild pain within my ear, is this normal?

Can be: The pain of a middle ear infection is caused by the stretch on the ear drum caused by the mass of fluid/pus/germs in that confined space. The germs can be dead but the stretch can remain until the body assimilates the material, which can take weeks. Persisting fever or worsening pain would be a sign of treatment failure. ...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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2days ago my 10momth old was prescribed amoxicillin for ear infection today I noticed a rash on the sides of his face. Should I be concerned?

2days ago my 10momth old was prescribed amoxicillin for ear infection today I noticed a rash on the sides of his face. Should I be concerned?

No: If the rash is getting worse or is raised like hives it is a reaction to the medication and it should be stopped. If he had a fever for 3 days prior to that and now the rash it is likely a viral infection called roseola and is unrelated to the the medication. ...Read more

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My son has an ear infection. The doctors have prescribed him with amoxicillin. How do I know that it has cleared as it has effected his hearing?

Visualization: Following a typical course of antibiotics for an ear infection, follow up in 2-4 weeks so your provider can look at the ear drums with an otoscope is important. At times, the infection will clear enough to not produce symptoms, but fluid will remain (this tends to get re-infected). In general, ppeople on the correct medication will start to feels relief from their symptoms within 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Prescribed 10 days of amoxicillin for bronchitis & ear infection. Took 6 days got busy forgot to take been cpl days. Should I take rest or be ok wout?

Prescribed 10 days of amoxicillin for bronchitis & ear infection. Took 6 days got busy forgot to take been cpl days. Should I take rest or be ok wout?

Finish the rest: Even at this point, finish the rest up. Bacteria cqn mutate and develop resistance if full course nor used. Even though your symmay be gone, rhose crafty little bacteria are trying to survive - if not this time, the next time. This can be thwarted by finishing the pills, even at this point. Don't let them have their way - finish those little buggers off! ...Read more

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My 6mnth old has an ear infection and was prescribed amoxil (amoxicillin). His fever is gone and he seems to be feeling a bit better. Should I hold off on the rx?

Give it all: Treatment times were developed by taking repeated samples of pus from infected ears & seeing how long it took to kill the germ. The duration of treatment depends on the medication. Stopping after the fever subsides can leave a few germs behind that re-start the infection & may lead to abx resistance. Give it all or expect pbs. ...Read more

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Does augmentine treat ear infection than amoxicillin?

Does augmentine treat ear infection than amoxicillin?

Both do: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is Amoxicillin combined with clavulanic acid which broadens the kinds of bacteria that can be treated by the antibiotic. Most ear infections can be treated with high dose Amoxicillin and Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is usually reserved for patients with recent ear infections or an infection that has not responded to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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What is the dosage of amoxicillin for an 11yr old with an ear infection?

Depends: Medications in the pediatric population are determined by mg/kg/day, and then divided into doses depending upon the half life of the drug. Are you thinking of using some leftover medicine to treat your child's ear pain? I wouldn't recommend it. Many ear infections resolve spontaneously, ear pain can be from the middle ear, or external ear; treatments vary. Let your dr help you decide. ...Read more

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Is it possible for amoxicillin to cause diarriea? Is it good for curing an ear infection?

Is it possible for amoxicillin to cause diarriea? Is it good for curing an ear infection?

Yes.: Common side effect for antibiotics. Taking them with food will help minimize this effect. Taking probiotics and eating yogurt helps replace normal flora that will help in minimizing diarrhea, or getting over it quicker. Ear infections have different causes and categories, some need drops, some need oral antibiotics, and even some need specific antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is 550 mg Amoxicillin every 12 hours for 22kg about 5 years old boy adequate dose for moderate ear infection?

Pretty standard: The dose of 30-50 mg/kg/d is considered standard for otitis unless resistant pneumococcus is suspected. Resistance can require doses of 80-90 mg/kg/d. Your listed dose is at 50mg/kg which will work in most. In small infants I often use the higher dose. ...Read more

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My 30lb son (2.5 years old) was given a dosage of 7.5ml twice a day of amoxicillin (400mg/5ml) for ear infection. Does this seem right?

My 30lb son (2.5 years old) was given a dosage of 7.5ml twice a day of amoxicillin (400mg/5ml) for ear infection. Does this seem right?

80mg/kg: American Academy of Pediatrics has been advocating an 80 mg/kg/day of amoxicillin for many years now. At 400mg/5cc this comes out to 5.5 cc by mouth twice a day. The dose is a little high, even by our standard of rounding. A teaspoon and a half is 7.5 ccc. Your provider seems to have rounded this up, perhaps due to this age notoriously spitting up medicine. Ask her. ...Read more

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Can a person with an ear infection taking amoxicillin PO meds be given 1 shot of azithromax and let her continue amoxicillin afterwards?

Yes: Can be done. Doctors start with IV or IM shots then switch to oral forms regularly. Both Zithromax and amoxicillin have good coverage against bacteria in the upper Resp field- ears, sinuses ...Read more

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About 5 years old son has been given Amoxicillin for ear infection but doesn't want to take it. What are other options? Injection may be?

About 5 years old son has been given Amoxicillin for ear infection but doesn't want to take it. What are other options? Injection may be?

Yes. But....: To get adequate coverage by injection would require several big volume injections given into the bottom over several days. When offered this alternative a 5 yo can often be motivated to try the regular oral med. It can be flavored, like taking it with honey to disguise any taste problem. ...Read more

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My daughter was prescribed amoxicillin 400ml/5ml 12ml/twice daily for an ear infection. She weighs 47 lbs, is this a lot for her weight?

My daughter was prescribed amoxicillin 400ml/5ml 12ml/twice daily for an ear infection. She weighs 47 lbs, is this a lot for her weight?

May be: If the medicine says 400 mg/5ml, you may want to call and check with your daughter's doctor or pharmacist to confirm the amount she is supposed to take. Hope she feels better soon! ...Read more

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Had an ear infection. Took 16 pills of amoxicillin with no effect. Now took a single shot of rocephine + dexaval. How long to feel better?

Had an ear infection. Took 16 pills of amoxicillin with no effect. Now took a single shot of rocephine + dexaval. How long to feel better?

Generally within: 72 hours. If symptoms persist after 7 days, it will be best to follow up for re-evaluation. Take care.
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My daughter is on amoxicillin, 9mL twice a day for an ear infection. She is 3 1/2. How many hours should be between each dose? Thanks for your help!

My daughter is on amoxicillin, 9mL twice a day for an ear infection. She is 3 1/2. How many hours should be between each dose? Thanks for your help!

8-14: Just let the dosing fit into your regular schedule. Like getting her up and getting her to bed. You are less likely to miss a dose if it is paired with something you normally do anyway. ...Read more

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My five month old has an ear infection and got amoxicillin on wednesday, but she is still pulling on her ear, what should I do?

My five month old has an ear infection and got amoxicillin on wednesday, but she is still pulling on her ear, what should I do?

See your doctor: Ear infections that have not improved clinically in 48-72 hours on antibiotics are by definition an antibiotic failure. The child needs to be re-evaluated and perhaps have the antibiotics changed. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w ear infection and on amoxicillin. All the sudden I got this sharp pain on one side of my skull. Just started amox. Should I be worried?

Diagnosed w ear infection and on amoxicillin. All the sudden I got this sharp pain on one side of my skull. Just started amox. Should I be worried?

Ear Exam: You may have a ruptured ear drum. This occurs in some ear infections. Go back to the doctor and have the otoscope exam done again. You might also need pain med, or different antibiotic if things are getting worse. ...Read more

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I have a cold and ear infections in both. Been on amoxicillin 7/10 days so far. Pain subsided mostly 2 days in. Both still closed. Should it be gone?

I have a cold and ear infections in both. Been on amoxicillin 7/10 days so far. Pain subsided mostly 2 days in. Both still closed. Should it be gone?

What's closed?: Colds are typically viral in nature & don't respond to antibiotics. There's a movement afoot not to treat ear infections w/antibiotics either but since you've finished 7 out of 10 days, better to finish your complete course. If you stop now, your risk for resistance increases dramatically. So I'm glad pain is subsiding but it won't go away completely just like that. It takes time. What's closed? ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection and an ear infection. I've been taking amoxicillin that was once prescribed to me and I didn't finish the whole thing. I?

Using this site: You get the most from this site when you provide background information and ask a clear related question. You have provided background but asked no clear question. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are not linked so each must contain full information/question. ...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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Will amoxil (amoxicillin) work for this ear infection?

Huh????????: Amoxil (amoxicillin) is the antibiotic of choice for treating ear infections caused by susceptible bacteria, but it may not be the best med for this ear infection if 1)the antibiotic has been used to treat an ear infection in the last three months 2)you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics. ...Read more

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My son is 33lbs and was prescribed 8ml of amoxicillin twice a day for an ear infection is that correct?

My son is 33lbs and was prescribed 8ml of amoxicillin twice a day for an ear infection is that correct?

Yes: You didn't mention the concentration though, at any rate, for ear infection a higher dose is usually given, around 80-90 mg /kg /day, which can sum up to the amount prescribed, wish you both wellness ...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