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Should I switch to a different antibiotic for an ear infection if this one isn't working?

Should I switch to a different antibiotic for an ear infection if this one isn't working?

Ear infection: It is not a good idea to treat infections without a diagnosis--and a doctor--managing it. Many folks find some "old" antibiotics laying around and take them for what they feel is their diagnosis. Then for whatever reason if they don't get better, they try to switch, again without a good exam and a diagnosis. Lots of things cause ear pain, and antibiotics aren't the answer for all. ...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 have a chronic ear infection responding to no antibiotic yet. What's going to happen? I'm nervous.

I have a chronic ear infection responding to no antibiotic yet. What's going to happen? I'm nervous.

See an ENT doctor: Have you been diagnosed with a middle ear infection (otitis media) or an external infection (otitis externa)? Google these terms to understand the differences. Or do you have water in your ear (serous otitis media)? Ask your doctor for a referral to an ENT doctor, or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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If I am already on a antibiotic for a cold is there any chance that I could develop a ear infection bc my head is already hurting?

If I am already on a antibiotic for a cold is there any chance that I could develop a ear infection bc my head is already hurting?

Common cold: Is due to viral infection, so antibiotics won't be of value unless a secondary bacterial infection sets in, so you are allowed to have viral infection of your middle ears or your sinuses despite being on antibiotics, if it is really bothersome see your doctor, meanwhile, saline nasal wash and salt water gargles would help ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for more then a week and it’s a sharp pain. Do I get an antibiotic or ear drops and which brand?

I have had an ear infection for more then a week and it’s a sharp pain. Do I get an antibiotic or ear drops and which brand?

Need to look intoear: Most likely 2possibilities.
If it is external ear infection drops may be fine.
In infection is in the middle year (behind ear drum) need oral antibiotics and if severe drops may needed.
Need more information. ...Read more

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I took my 3 year old grandson to Dr this am & he has an ear infection? First time, how could this happen? I bought the antibiotic. He never gets ill?

I took my 3 year old grandson to Dr this am & he has an ear infection? First time, how could this happen? I bought the antibiotic. He never gets ill?

Your grandson: Is blessed if this is his first ear infection & he doesn't normally get ill. Bottom line, is that the world is filled with microbes. Also, a child has a short eustachian tube so getting an infection is pretty easy. ...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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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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When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

Ear infection: The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. ...Read more

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How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

Several days: Pain should resolve quickly, but blocked feeling may persist for many weeks. If blocked feeling does not resolve in 3-4 weeks, should see ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an antibiotic to work in curing an ear infection?

24-48 hours: You should notice a substantial improvement in your symptoms within 24-48 hours, mainly in the reduction of pain. ...Read more

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On ear infection, how long it will take for antibiotic to start working and see an improvement on the infection?

On ear infection, how long it will take for antibiotic to start working and see an improvement on the infection?

48-72hrs: If longer with no improvement at all, may require dose and/or frequency adjustment along with change in medication potentially ...Read more

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Do you think I can use antibiotic ointment for an outer ear infection?

No.: Antibiotic ointments will just stick to the outside of where you apply. Outer ear infections produce debris and secretions that make antibiotic drops a more effective delivery mechanism. The drops might contain steroids to decrease the inflammation to improve the pain also. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection with pseudomonas. What wide spectrum antibiotic will work?

I have an ear infection with pseudomonas. What wide spectrum antibiotic will work?

External otitis: The most common disease of the ear associated with pseudomonas is external otitis and is not as serious as some doctors think. It may be the result of contaminated water getting into the ear or the excessive use of q-tips. A topical antibiotic with both a quinolone and a steroid is the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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I have very strong ear infection in his right ear. I take the antibiotic. What can I do more to alleviate pain?

Decongestant: Either irrigation of the nasal passageway with saline using a neti-pot, using a decongestant like Pseudoephedrine or oxymetozaline, or possibly steroid nasal spray may help to alleviate the pain. If not, use aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen and go see a doctor again. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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My one year old got checked out for ear infection. She's been on antibiotic for 5 days. Still crying a lot. What should I do now?

Check back her Dr: Fever and ear pain usually subside within 48-72 hours from initiation of antibiotics treatment. Have her rechecked. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection I cant gear a thing. I have been to my gp 5 times in thr ladt 3weeks. If been on antibiotic nothing is working?

I have an ear infection I cant gear a thing. I have been to my gp 5 times in thr ladt 3weeks. If been on antibiotic nothing is working?

Be patient/recheck: To have a middle ear infection you must accumulate mucus behind the ear drum that feeds the germs involved. Mucus reduces hearing sensitivity by 40-50%. It is trapped there because the Eustachian tube to the throat has not been functioning well to drain it. You can kill off the germs in a week, but the fluid may take a month or more to drain. If the fluid is no longer "hot" on exam, needs time ...Read more

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If it is possible I have mastoiditis and I was given antibiotic ear drops for an ear infection, would that alone likely solve the problem?

If it is possible I have mastoiditis and I was given antibiotic ear drops for an ear infection, would that alone likely solve the problem?

No: True mastoiditis is an urgent problem usually requiring hospital care and IV antibiotics. I doubt anyone would send you out with ear drops if this were the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and am on antibiotic and have been for 4 days. My ear seems to be worse, and now seeping pinkish fluid. Is this normal?

I have an ear infection and am on antibiotic and have been for 4 days. My ear seems to be worse, and now seeping pinkish fluid. Is this normal?

Not easy to answer: Often people say they have an ear infection, but it could be middle ear infection or an outer ear infection (one is treated with antibiotic pills the other with antibiotic drops) if one has significant drainage and still hears perfectly well, it most likely is outer and needs drops. But if your hearing has been muffled --more likely middle ear infection. Either way - get in to see an ent. ...Read more

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I've been on omnicef (cefdinir) for 5 days for an ear infection and just got an antibiotic shot as well. The infection seems to be getting worse. What is wrong?

I've been on omnicef (cefdinir) for 5 days for an ear infection and just got an antibiotic shot as well. The infection seems to be getting worse. What is wrong?

Drops: If your infection is an external ear infection, rather than a middle ear infection, it will not respond to oral antibiotics. External ear infections must be treated topically (with ear drops), and the ear must be carefully cleaned of debris. You should see an otolaryngologist to make sure you are on the right treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter was given zpak for R ear infection on Friday by Saturday night L ear now also hurts bad. Is antibiotic earning? She's 11 should I wait or take her back to be seen again

My daughter was given zpak for R ear infection on Friday by Saturday night L ear now also hurts bad. Is antibiotic earning? She's 11 should I wait or take her back to be seen again

Call your MD: You should call your MD right away. Does your daughter have a penicillin allergy? Studies show that macrocodes like azithromycin has limited activity against Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The physician should also treat her pain. You can use children's tylenol (acetaminophen) and contact your pediatrician to make sure your daughter improves. Good luck. ...Read more

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Need antibiotic for toddler ear infection?

Need antibiotic for toddler ear infection?

Antibiotics: Prescription antibiotics for children are best managed by a local pediatrician who can perform an in-person exam and determine the appropriate treatment course. This is not only in the best interest of your child, but for the general public as well. ...Read more

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Can you have rectal operation whilst on antibiotic for ear infection?

Antibiotics: Often, prior to a rectal operation, you will have to do a bowel prep, which includes antibiotics, but these are usually not the same antibiotics that you would necessarily use for an ear infection. Best to check with the surgeon who is doing the surgery to see if there might be any other issues or if the ear infection is better. ...Read more

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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

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Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?

Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?

Takes time: The fluid is trapped in the middle ear space and must exit through the Eustachian tube. This can take up to 3 weeks or so in a routine middle ear infection. Nothing you take or do is likely to speed this up. Antihistamines may actually slow the process. ...Read more

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My 1 year old has been sick for 2 weeks and on an antibiotic for an ear infection for 3 days and has just now started getting fevers over 102. Why?

My 1 year old has been sick for 2 weeks and on an antibiotic for an ear infection for 3 days and has just now started getting fevers over 102. Why?

Call your doc: Shouldn't be getting fevers from ear infection 3 days after antibiotics if they're the right antibiotics at the right dose. You should call your doctor about it. Without more info (any other symptoms, ear or nasal drainage, sinus pressure, nausea, vomiting, rash, etc) and without examining your child, it's impossible to say exactly what's going on, but it's possible you need different antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had a double ear infection last week. At the end of her antibiotic, but over the last 1-2 weeks she is eating less per feeding and in total. Problem?

Had a double ear infection last week. At the end of her antibiotic, but over the last 1-2 weeks she is eating less per feeding and in total. Problem?

Recurrent infection: Food refusal in children is often an early sign of ear infection. The infection may have recurred and require a different antibiotic. Another reason for food refusal could be upset stomach from the medication. If symptoms persist after the medication has been completed, a repeat ear check would be in order. ...Read more

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Had a bad ear infection abot 2/3 week ago had 2 lots antibiotic its now 2/3 week after and node behind ear still swollen fluctuates in size biger/small?

Had a bad ear infection abot 2/3 week ago had 2 lots antibiotic its now 2/3 week after and node behind ear still swollen fluctuates in size biger/small?

It's ok: The node can take months to disappear, and once enlarged, it may never disappear. Pea size is nothing to worry about. Doctors usually don't get concerned until it is larger than a grape. See your doctor to make sure it's nothing more. ...Read more

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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