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How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must I run to the dr?

How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must I run to the dr?

Monitor: Well over half of ear infections are caused by viruses, and antibiotics would not be helpful. Even in young kids now, the recommendations are to try and wait it out. Take pain relief meds if needed, "pop" your ears or chew gum to try to equalize pressure. If pain gets severe, drainage, high fever of other concerning associated symptoms, then see doctor. But over 50-50 it will clear by itself. ...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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Should I be concerned if my 17 month old has a ear infection all the time, he is always on antibotics?

Yes: In children with recurrent ear infections numbering 5-6 in a year or having persistent fluid over 3 months are candidates for ear tubes since these disorders can lead to hearing problems or antibiotic resistance. ...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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Was given 3 arithro for ear infection on thursday today it doesn't feel any better should I go back to doc or give it more time?

Was given 3 arithro for ear infection on thursday today it doesn't feel any better should I go back to doc or give it more time?

Give it more time: Azithromycin is a great antibiotic because a 3 day course is like taking a week of antibiotics, however it doesn't work any "faster" than a traditional course of antibiotics! Also some of your ear symptoms may be related to pressure/fluid in the ear unrelated to your infection. This can take a while to clear. If you're not feeling better in a week give your doctor a call! ...Read more

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Every time I go on a ferry I suffer with the feeling that I'm still on a ferry for more than a week afterwards no sign of ear infection any ideas?

Every time I go on a ferry I suffer with the feeling that I'm still on a ferry for more than a week afterwards no sign of ear infection any ideas?

Mgt: You may have an inner ear problem. I would suggest a follow up with ENT. If you have any nausea, vomiting or weakness in your limbs, imaging may be indicated.
If there is a problem hearing, a hearing evaluation and exam is suggested. ...Read more

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Woke up with a horrible ear infection I get them all the time I am 19 and a non smoker don't really want to go to the doctors any in homewaystotreat?

Woke up with a horrible ear infection I get them all the time I am 19 and a non smoker don't really want to go to the doctors any in homewaystotreat?

Really. ..: My recommendation is to see an ear, nose and throat doctor. Recurrent ear infections can be treated effectively. Please, do so before problems with ear function (hearing and balance specifically) are affected. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have an ear infection and I don't have the time to go to the doc at home I have Insurance for Meds I looked up all my Symptoms and it all comes back to a ear infection so I don't know what to do I live in Tyler tx BTW?

I'm pretty sure I have an ear infection and I don't have the time to go to the doc at home I have Insurance for Meds I looked up all my Symptoms and it all comes back to a ear infection so I don't know what to do I live in Tyler tx BTW?

Only doc prescribe: Hello Harold
I understand that you have a busy schedule, but only a physician/nurse practitioner can prescribe antibiotics. So no pharmacy will just hand you antibiotics with a prescription.
I am not affiliated with this urgent care clinic (http://www. Tylerurgentcare. Com/contact. Htm) but since you are in Tyler tx you could call them tomorrow (8:00 am - 4:00pm) for an appointment. ...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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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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It has been a week since I am recovering from a cold that turned into a ear infection. But now every time I laugh to hard I cough bad. I need help dr?

It has been a week since I am recovering from a cold that turned into a ear infection. But now every time I laugh to hard I cough bad. I need help dr?

Get checked: It sounds like you are already on antibiotics for an ear infection now. A cold virus can lead to a chest infection. The same antibiotics to treat an ear infection may also treat pneumonia, but you may have some bronchospasm that requires Albuterol inhalation medication. ...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 don't have to set your alarm to every 6 hours. ...Read more

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How many ear infections in one year is too many? I have had at least 4 or 5 in the same ear, and this time I can barely hear out of it. Note: I'm 21

Depends: Persistent fluid behind the ear can cause temporary hearing dysfunction and sometimes lead to long term hearing problems if the fluid is thick and destroying the middle ear bones that conduct sound from the ear drum to the oval window at the inner ear junction. But fluid can be due to infection and allergies. See you doc and if needed, an ENT referral may be needed. ...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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How much time does an ear infection last?

How much time does an ear infection last?

Depends on type: A middle ear infection will usually feel better after 48 to 72 hours on an oral antibiotic, but it is important to complete the course of antibiotics prescribed. An external ear infection (swimmer's ear) will also feel better after 48-72 hours, but is treated with antibiotic drops. Meanwhile, for either, use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain. ...Read more

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What is the result of an untreated ear infection over time?

What is the result of an untreated ear infection over time?

Depends: This depends on the type and location as well as the germs involved. People had these in the years before antibiotics and survived, and most would today. They can trigger other problems, but most people with a normal immune system would heal over 3 months, but recurrent infection might lead to significant hearing loss. A few would suffer no long term problems past the pain/problems during infectio ...Read more

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Every time I get water in my ears, I end up with an ear infection. Why is this happening now but before it never used to occur?

Every time I get water in my ears, I end up with an ear infection. Why is this happening now but before it never used to occur?

Prednisone?: It could be because you are on prednisone. That can lead to an increase of ear canal infections. You can use 50% alcohol or 50% vinegar drops to put into your ears after water contact to reduce the chance of swimmer's ear. If you have a current infection, the alcohol drops will burn and should be avoided. ...Read more

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I have ear infection. I have been using home remedy but it not going away. 2nd time this hsppened to me. There is no pain but right ear feels full.?

Are you sure you: Have an ear infection? Is this self diagnosed based on ur feeling of fullness in ur ear? This may just be because u are all so stuffed up from allergies, sinus congestion, clogged eustachian tube. If this is d case all u need is a good decongestant histamine to make u feel better. U can chew gum, yawn or pop your ears by blowing ur nose against pinched nostrils. See md for antibiotic if infected. ...Read more

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Been on ciprodex and acetic acid for ear infection and I still have infection. Been to doctor 3 times! Any suggestions?

Been on ciprodex and acetic acid for ear infection and I still have infection. Been to doctor 3 times! Any suggestions?

Have U seen ENT: By this point I would wonder if the medication is getting into the area it needs to fix the problem. An ENT will have specialized equipment to gently remove debris from an ear canal & potentially insert a wick if needed. ...Read more

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Can ear infections go away on their own? Is pain always present with ear infections? Most of the time my ear feels fine but there is occasional pain

Can ear infections go away on their own? Is pain always present with ear infections? Most of the time my ear feels fine but there is occasional pain

Yes/no: There are Scandinavian studies from the 60's that followed untreated ear infections until they self healed. The human immune system can do so and certainly did before antibiotics were discovered. That said, there were many who suffered hearing loss and complications during the process. Some infections never give enough pain that someone knows, but I worry less about these than the painful ones. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to get rid of ear infections or make it so that a child doesn't get them all the time?

Does anyone know how to get rid of ear infections or make it so that a child doesn't get them all the time?

Tubes: When I see children referred from their pediatricians for recurrent/chronic ear infections and they meet indications for tubes... I tell them that placement of tubes many times greatly reduces or eliminates the ear infections, but I can't guarantee that. Indications: >5-6 infections/year; >3 months of fluid with hearing loss. Tube placement is the most common surgery in the US. Very safe. ...Read more

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My 1 year old son has a ear infection and today he has been vomiting all morning, about 4 times. Is this normal?

Not uncommon: Ear infections often cause a child to feel dizzy, which can cause vomiting, but many children vomit with any illness or from medication. That said, repeated vomiting and marked irritability needs to be brought to the attention of his doctor, which would suggest lack of response to Rx or a more serious infection like meningitis. ...Read more

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My 9 month old was just diagnosed with a double ear infection and a sinus infection at the same time. Is this common and how is it treated?

My 9 month old was just diagnosed with a double ear infection and a sinus infection at the same time. Is this common and how is it treated?

It happens: The tissues of the upper airway and ears share common set of germs and can all be infected at the same time. A single broad spectrum antibiotic is usually given to cover all 3 issues. ...Read more

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Plz help! My 6 mon old baby had 2 ear infections this month and taken all anti- he is still rubbing& pulling crying all the time don't know what to do?

Plz help! My 6 mon old baby had 2 ear infections this month and taken all anti- he is still rubbing& pulling crying all the time don't know what to do?

Pediatric ENT: This could be one of several issues and in order to be addressed appropriately you need a knowledgeable clinician in this area. There are ENT doctors who specialize in children and strongly suggest that you find one of these. ...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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My about 5 yrs old son often gets allergys. Now first time ever given amoxicillin for ear infection. Should I be concerned about pencillin reaction?

My about 5 yrs old son often gets allergys. Now first time ever given amoxicillin for ear infection. Should I be concerned about pencillin reaction?

Not particularly: I don't recall any kid I ever cared for who didn't have some "allergy" symptoms periodically. This doesn't make him more likely to have a reaction to a med. If he develops hives or any sort of rash in the next few days report it to his doc. ...Read more

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My ears are always wet and waxy. They itch most times but I have had several blood test done for allergies. I am ear infection free. What can I do?

My ears are always wet and waxy. They itch most times but I have had several blood test done for allergies. I am ear infection free. What can I do?

Waxy Ears: It is normal for the ear canals to make wax. However some people tend to accumulate the wax and that can cause some problems. In order to keep the wax from building up it may be useful to clean the canals with either mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of equal amounts of rubbing alcohol and distilled vinegar. You can instill 3-5 drops in the ear canals twice a day when needed. ...Read more

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Should I consider getting tubs in my 6 month old baby? She has had 5 dbl ear infections since october 5th 2012 with 2 times the right ears drum rup

Should I consider getting tubs in my 6 month old baby? She has had 5 dbl ear infections since october 5th 2012 with 2 times the right ears drum rup

Consider evauation: I would send you /baby for an ENT evaluation. After 90 days of repeated infections or 5 in a year, a kid may benefit from the procedure. However, the presence of a perforation may delay the procedure. ...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


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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