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How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

Pediatrician: If your child is otherwise healthy, you may consider observation and rest as most ear infections in children resolve spontaneously. Antibiotics are often used unnecesarily for ear infections in children, resulting in community problems of antibiotic resistance. But if your child has high fever, vomiting or the pus is draining from the ear, you should take the child to a pediatrician. ...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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What do you treat a ear infection with?

What do you treat a ear infection with?

Treat ear infection: Depending on if this is an external ear infection or middle ear infection, or if there is active drainage from the year, a topical antibiotic or anti-fungal ear drop with or without the addition of an oral antibiotic may be needed. I recommend you see your doctor or otolaryngologist (ENT) for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

Rarely needs surgery: True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy). This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out! ...Read more

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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?

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

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How do you treat a yeast infection on a male?

How do you treat a yeast infection on a male?

Depends...: It all depends where it is( I assume for your question is genital?), and how severe it is. If on the genital area and just a rash over the counter clotrimazole can help. If severe should definitely see a doctor for evaluation and prescription as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if i need a natural cure inner ear infection due to a cold?

What to do if i need a natural cure inner ear infection due to a cold?

Vertigo: Adequate sleep and rest, walking excercise (use a cane or walking stick if needed) 15 minutes/day. You can also take otc cold medication for cold symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you get fluid out of your ear after an ear infection? I used a nasal spray but it isn't working. What else can I do?

How do you get fluid out of your ear after an ear infection? I used a nasal spray but it isn't working. What else can I do?

Pateince: Patience.The fluid may take 6-8 weeks to naturally resolve.Short of surgery, there is no other way or proven therapy, other than antibiotics to treat infection. ...Read more

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How can the doctor know i had a bacterial ear infection?

How can the doctor know i had a bacterial ear infection?

Confirm/medicate: A true bacterial ear infection can be confirmed easily ; treated for a quick resolution.This is done by a visual exam of the ear drum and detection of pus behind the ear drum. In the era prior to antibiotics, most just ran their course over weeks or months ; occasionally resulted in hearing loss. ...Read more

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How can I tell an ear infection from a tooth problem?

How can I tell an ear infection from a tooth problem?

Xray: Proper diagnosing by taking proper x ray check with your dentist or ent. ...Read more

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How can you treat an ear infection without seeing a doctor?

How can you treat an ear infection without seeing a doctor?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection ( of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more

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How do you properly treat an upper respiratory infection for a 10 week old?

How do you properly treat an upper respiratory infection for a 10 week old?

M.D. visit: It is important to clear the nasal passages with saline and gentle suction. Babies breath through their noses at this age. Monitor the baby's temperature and report any fever to your doctor. Keep the baby well hydrated and the number of wet diapers should be the same as usual. It is best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection... Thoughts on an inexpensive way to treat a sinus infection?

I have a sinus infection... Thoughts on an inexpensive way to treat a sinus infection?

Sinusitis: For acute viral sinusitis you should use Aleve for pain/fever liquigels work well. Use a saline nasal spray to clear your nasal passages. If you are feeling truly congested you can take an over the counter decongestant also but try the saline nasal spray first. Steroid nasal sprays are by prescription and can help also. Neither decongestants nor nasal sprays should be taken for an extended period ...Read more

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How to treat ear infection without medicine? This is the second time that my daughter of 14 months get it .What to do pediatrician or specialist?

How to treat ear infection without medicine? This is the second time that my daughter of 14 months get it .What to do pediatrician or specialist?

See her pediatrician: Two episodes of ear infection is not regarded excessive for 14-month-old. If she experiences more than 2 ear infections within 6 months or 3 within 12 months, consultation with ear specialist would be advised. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and I'm allergic to penicillin, is there something I can take that is OTC to get rid of the ear infection.

Yes and no: If you do nothing at all it may self heal over 6-8 weeks. It may also abscess, erode your mastoid bone in your skull and end up needing surgical repair. There are a collection of other antibiotics that can clear an ear infection, but no herbals/otc meds that I know of. ...Read more

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Do I have water in my ear or an ear infection? How to tell?

Do I have water in my ear or an ear infection? How to tell?

Infection symptoms?: Do you have a fever? Pain? Tenderness? Warmth? Swelling? Enlarged lymph nodes? These are more common symptoms associated with an ear infection whereas fluid alone tends to just feel like dampened hearing or fullness, . ...Read more

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How to determine if its just sinuses or a sinus infection?

How to determine if its just sinuses or a sinus infection?

Does not make sense: Your question needs to be restated. It does not make sense in its present form. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

Examination.: The only way to be sure a child has an ear infection is to look at the eardrum. See a doc and have this done, if your child is sick, please. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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