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How can I get relief of an ear infection?

How can I get relief of an ear infection?

Treat the infection: Infection of the outer ear canal (otitis externa), typically is itchy or painful, discharge from the ear often; treatment ear drops with an antibiotic and some topical cortisone. An inner ear infection (otitis media) generally is more painful and is pus trapped behind the eardrum (often coming from a sinus infection) and requires an oral antibiotic. If it is truly an infection, rx requires a doc. ...Read more

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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 can I get relief for ear infection pain?

How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

Earache: Any of the analgesics (acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen) can be taken orally. Your doctor can prescribe ear drops for pain. Warm commpress to the outer ear may help too. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a fungal ear infection, and I need to get on a plane in 2 days. Dr. cleaned/debrided ear and pain relief was immediate, and I could hear again. 2days later I am losing hearing again and ear seems blocked. Should I fly?

I have been diagnosed with a fungal ear infection, and I need to get on a plane in 2 days.  Dr. cleaned/debrided ear and pain relief was immediate, and I could hear again.  2days later I am losing hearing again and ear seems blocked.  Should I fly?

OE, fungal OE: can relapse and might need repeat aural toilet/cleaning, most patients have followup 3-7 days after initial treatment, some are wicked with a sponge to allow medicine to get to some areas(doesn't sound like this patient was) swelling of ear canal can restrict meds from getting to areas to work as well as hearing and worsening sx needs followup ...Read more

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In so much pain from ear infection, please help! what can I do to find relief?

In so much pain from ear infection, please help! what can I do to find relief?

PAIN MEDS/ANTIBIOTIC: You need pain meds and appropriate antibiotics for the infectio so see your doctor or an ENT spacialist. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection that burns and hurts. I took an allergy relief and will pick up some decongestant, but is there any way of relief?

I have an ear infection that burns and hurts. I took an allergy relief and will pick up some decongestant, but is there any way of relief?

Try decongestant: Some of the pain from ear infection is due to the build up of pressure by undrained fluid accumulating in the middle ear. Allowing this to drain with a decongestant may be of some benefit. ...Read more

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Dx with sinus infection and ear infection. 2 prescription of cefdinir and no relief. Seeking alternative options.

Dx with sinus infection and ear infection. 2 prescription of cefdinir and no relief. Seeking alternative options.

Confusing question: Doing a second round of an antibiotic that did not work the first time is odd. There are several alternatives, the best would be based on allergy profile and past experience with meds. I would discuss this with the treating doc. ...Read more

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I have sinus and ear infection. I'm on zpack 3rd pill, 48 hrs. No relief of ear,asthma flare up, green stuff from nose and cough. When will meds work?

I have sinus and ear infection. I'm on zpack 3rd pill, 48 hrs. No relief of ear,asthma flare up, green stuff from nose and cough. When will meds work?

A few days: It takes a few days, and sometimes an antibiotic doesn't help at all. Most problems like this are due to viruses or allergy. A nasal decongestant (e.g. oxymetazoline spray like Afrin) and/or asthma inhaler may help. See your doctor right away if you are short of breath or have asthmatic wheezing. Otherwise, give if another 3-4 days then contact the doctor if no better. ...Read more

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How can people get an ear infection?

How can people get an ear infection?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Viruses often start the process but bacteria can invade ; need treatment. ...Read more

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I got a ear infection how can I get better?

If you truly: Have a bacterial ear infection--and sometimes it is difficult to tell for sure--you will need antibiotics. You need to see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and treatment. If it is otitis media, it can lead to complications without proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to get a ear infection?

Can you describe how to get a ear infection?

Trapped bacteria: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in ear canal) or middle ear (behind ear drum). Outer ear infections can be bacteria or fungus trapped on the skin in the ear canal causing a local skin infection. Middle ear infections are virus/bacteria trapped typically from a nasal cold/infection in the warm sequestered space behind the ear drum. Either should be seen by an md/specialist. ...Read more

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Could you explain how to get an ear infection?

Could you explain how to get an ear infection?

Trapped bacteria: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in ear canal) or middle ear (behind ear drum). Outer ear infections can be bacteria or fungus trapped on the skin in the ear canal causing a local skin infection. Middle ear infections are virus/bacteria trapped typically from a nasal cold/infection in the warm sequestered space behind the ear drum. Either should be seen by an md/specialist. ...Read more

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How does someone get a head and ear infection?

How does someone get a head and ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections and sinus infections typically arise after someone catches a cold. The URI spreads and affects the persons ears and sinuses. Also may lead to pneumonia as well. Ear infections are not contagious, the cold that initiated the ear infection is contagious. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get an ear infection?

What are the signs when you get an ear infection?

Pain, hearing loss: If you mean infection behind your ar drum that is acute, it presents with intense pain and hearing loss. An ear canal infection or swimmer's ear results in ear pressure and pain. ...Read more

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Ear infection, how long does it take to get better?

72 hours: On antibiotics or not, it should be better in 48-72 hours. Otherwise follow up with the doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it that i always get an ear infection after i shower?

Why is it that i always get an ear infection after i shower?

Water in ear.: If you are getting an external ear canal infections (otitis externa, also known as swimmer's ear), it is because water is getting trapped in your ear canal, making a good place for bacteria and fungus to grow. Excess ear wax can predispose to water trapping, as can allowing the water to flow directly into your ear. You can ask your doctor if you have a lot of wax and re-direct the water flow. ...Read more

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Can you get an ear infection from constantly using headphones?

Can you get an ear infection from constantly using headphones?

Eat phones: Ear phones cannot cause middle ear infections. Ear canal infections or irritation may occur with excessive use of ear buds. ...Read more

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Does getting an ear infection makes you more prone to get more?

Possibly: The causes of ear infections vary by the age of the person. Small children have tight anatomy and are much more prone to repeat infections, while adults without underlying pathology are less likely to worry about that. If an adult had ear problems all their lives, then yes. ...Read more

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How long should an adult wait to get an ear infection looked at?

SOON AS SYMPTOMATIC: As soon as you have symptoms like pain, drainage, fever and associated symptoms like cough, hedace and fever. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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