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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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I have a bad double ear infection antibiotics(4days) Ibuprofen & Sudafed is doing nothing to help the pain is there anything else I can do to help?

I have a bad double ear infection antibiotics(4days) Ibuprofen & Sudafed is doing nothing to help the pain is there anything else I can do to help?

Mgt: Avoid water immersion, monitor your temperature, but if there is a lot of pressure behind the ear drum, they may need to remove some fluid. ...Read more

Dr. Keith Ramsey Dr. Ramsey
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
32 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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I suffer with ear infections & antibiotics aren't getting rid. I now feel like I have flu, sickness, green sore throat & tongue, headache, contested ear?

I suffer with ear infections & antibiotics aren't getting rid. I now feel like I have flu, sickness, green sore throat & tongue, headache, contested ear?

See doctor: Antibiotic resistance is a problem with treating ear infections. If the antibiotic is not working, see your doctor. You might need a different one. Also, if you have a virus, then the antibiotics won't help. Sometimes you will need to have your ears drained in severe cases or when nothing else helps. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of nasal allergy in a 8 month old baby my bub keeps getting frequent throat and ear infections antibiotics is not helping him?

What are the symptoms of nasal allergy in a 8 month old baby my bub keeps getting frequent throat and ear infections antibiotics is not helping him?

Culture/Immune w/u: Frequent ear throat infections may be related to a variety of causes. Viruses will not be treated by the antibiotics. Some bacteria may be resistant to the antibiotics. If your child has reflux, aspiration into the nasal passages can lead to congestion and infections. Additionally, evaluation for allergies/immune deficiencies can be ordered by your doctor. Prmg resp fax us 858 259 9689 rev records. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman Dr. Altman
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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2year old with low fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash on lower back buttocks. Sore throat, ear infection antibiotics don't help. 3 months already sick.

2year old with low fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash on lower back buttocks. Sore throat, ear infection antibiotics don't help. 3 months already  sick.

Please see your Dr.: Your baby definitely needs a work up. I would involve an immunologist and a dermatologist in the workup. It may help to work backwards and see what the rash is, which may point to what the overall problem is. Certain immune system problems, vitamin deficiencies, intolerance to certain foods and other conditions may all cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Den Dr. Den
Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Thomas Benda Dr. Benda
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
30 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

That depends: You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling. Mastoiditis?

3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling.  Mastoiditis?

Mastoiditis: With mastoiditis you would notice swelling with tenderness. Often the ear on that side appears more prominent. Continue to observe her for further symptoms. All the best. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Gorup Dr. Gorup
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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How can I treat an ear infection with antibiotics?

How can I treat an ear infection with antibiotics?

Different types: There are various antibiotics, typically oral or topical ear drops for this purpose. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My baby is five months old and he has an ear infection beside antibiotics how can I relief his pain?

My baby is five months old and he has an ear infection beside antibiotics how can I relief his pain?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) heat: For short term pain relief tylenol (acetaminophen) in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad at a low heat level for the kid to place his/her ear on the affected side this seems to provide some relief. Sometimes pain drops are helpful (prescription needed). ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Please help! what happens if you don't treat an ear infection with antibiotics?

Please help! what happens if you don't treat an ear infection with antibiotics?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Kim Dr. Kim
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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What should I take for my ear infection besides antibiotics?

What should I take for my ear infection besides antibiotics?

Two things: If you have a middle ear infection, besides antibiotics, a decongestant can assist in helping to drain the pus/fluid in your middle ear. The other is a pain medication to help relieve the pain that often accompany ear infections. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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How can I get rid of an ear infection after antibiotics and other drops failed?

How can I get rid of an ear infection after antibiotics and other drops failed?

See ENT: See an ENT doctor . He may able to determine why your not responding to therapy. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is there any way of getting rid of a ear infection without antibiotics?

Is there any way of getting rid of a ear infection without antibiotics?

You mean like : Before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just dealt with them .Over time, some would perforate or a doc could lance the drum (painful) .Over time some self healed ; some went on to develop abscesses that required surgery.Some had the ear bones freeze up ; lost some hearing. A few days of simple pain killers or heat from a heating pad may provide relief, but long term outcome could be a pbm. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeremy Porter Dr. Porter
Pediatrics
9 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Ear infection. On antibiotics 2 days. Now sx of the other ear being infected. Is that possible ?

Ear infection.  On antibiotics 2 days. Now sx of the other ear being infected.   Is that possible ?

Maybe: Assuming middle ear infection, rather than outer (swimmer's ear): First, I'd give the antibiotics 3-4 more days before being too concerned. It's possible that the bacteria causing ear infection is resistant to the med or dose you are taking. Understand though, that ear pain/pressure is caused by trapped fluid behind ear drum, and regardless of antibiotics, must drain. Add guaifenesin + lots of H2O ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook Dr. Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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What is the treatment for inner ear infection? Oral antibiotics aren't working could antibiotics through injections be a possible answer?

Yes: Injected Rocephin (ceftriaxone) has been used but an inner ear infection that is not being adequately treated can spread to the mastoid air cells, a more serious situation. Another option is the placement of a small tube into the ear drum to allow infected fluid to drain out. Ear infections that are hard to clear can have blockage of the eustachain tube by enlarged adenoids. An ENT doctor can advise you. ...Read more

Dr. Clarene Cress Dr. Cress
Pediatrics
years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Ear infection.On antibiotics 4 days now.do not feel any better yet. Do I need to see a doctor again for a stonger atiobiotic. Or is bad pain normal.

Ear infection.On antibiotics 4 days now.do not feel any better yet. Do I need to see a doctor again for a stonger atiobiotic. Or is bad pain normal.

Needs reevaluation: Ear pain from a middle ear infection generally improves by 48 hours after starting antibiotics but hearing can be decreased for several weeks. You report a recent ear irrigation and ear wax blockage, and there may also be a component of external otitis as well that may require ear drops. A reevaluation is warranted. ...Read more

Dr. Anna Meyer Dr. Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
15 years in practice
University of California at San Francisco√ā¬†School of Dentistry
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Two year old had doubl ear infection on antibiotics for 3 days now has gagging kinda deep sounding cough no fever but still sick acting not better?

Two year old had doubl ear infection on antibiotics for 3 days now has gagging kinda deep sounding cough no fever but still sick acting not better?

return to pediatrica: When your child has not improved on antibiotics after 48 hours, it is best to return to the pediatrician for them to check him/her again and decide if other treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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