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Ear Infection Time Frame
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
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
Should I be concerned if my 17 month old has a ear infection all the time, he is always on antibotics?
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
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
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?
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
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:
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
If you have a lot of scare tissue in your ear from surgery is there anything they can do about it? I get ear infections all the time
You MUST bring this to your surgeon! Please do not delay.
Please let me know how things develop. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
What can cause burning sensation inside ears? Inside. Both at same time. This has happened on and off for months. No ear infection.
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?
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?
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
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 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
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
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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