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How Do You Get Rid Of An Ear Infection
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
OTITIS: Most ear infections affect the middle ear and heal naturally. In older children and adults, it is now customary not to treat ear infections with antibiotics unless not cured in 3 days. The treatment is tincture of time. To relieve pain, you can take the usual pain killers or your doctor may prescribe anesthetic ear drops. ...Read more
Back of nose: If you truly have an ear infection, most are viral in origin. The middle ear space is sterile and is a pocket of venous gases. Infection can only reach this space via the eustachian (auditory ) tube. Therefore the cause of ear infections must always start in the back of the nose. Colds, allergy and other causes of nasal obstruction are the causes of an ear infection secondarily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Getting rid of an earache involves treating the underlying problem. It can be caused by something in/around the ear or, more commonly, referred from somewhere else. This is commonly from TMJ issues. A persistent earache in someone who uses tobacco is especially worrisome as it could mean a tumor in the throat. ...Read more
Tincture of time?: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days (90% of them). If they are not improving by 7-10 days, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. Using afrin/oxymetazoline (no more than 3 days in a row) can open the sinuses for better drainage. Salt water irrigations are amazing as they get the gross mucous out and refresh the nasal lining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: You have to consult your doctor to diagnose and treat the infection with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more
Depends: Most actual eye infections are viral and while frequently very unpleasant are almost always self limited - keep it clean but antibiotics do not work. In adults, if the infection is bacterial then antibiotics can get rid of it. Less easy are infections caused by fungus and amoebas .These have to be seen by a corneal specialist as they can be very visually threatening. ...Read more
Take antibiotics: "true sinus infections". , not a viral cold, are caused by bacterial infection of the air containing sinuses around the nose and benefit from antibiotics. If it is a viral infection it is usually self limiting in 5-7 days, and does not require antibiotics. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. what med is best for curing an ear infection?
It depends: Most ear infections are viral and don't need antibiotic therapy. Ibuprofen & acetaminophen may be taken for pain and a nasal decongestant may help reduce congestion and associated ear pain. If the pain lasts more than 2-3 days, it's best to have your ears checked by a doctor, who would advise to continue supportive therapy or Rx antibiotics, depending on your ear exam. ...Read more
Gingivitis therapy: That depends. Severity and etiology. If it is severe, it may need aggressive antibiotics or antiviral or antifungal therapy depending on the cause, removal of or care of infected teeth. If it is not severe, it may improve with good dental hygiene: antimicrobial mouth wash, good brushing. You need to see a dentist and have an evaluation of the gums and a management plan can be made after exam. ...Read more
See your pcp: Ears only ache when there is something wrong with them. You may have an infection, problems with the tube that drains the ear, or something more serious. An infection left untreated too long can result in perforation of the eardrum. That is painful and can permanently affect your hearing. ...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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