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How long does an ear infection last?

How long does an ear infection last?

Depends: Most ear infections can be caused by viruses but if your child has high fever and ear pain then bacteria can play a role. Ear infections caused by bacteria are usually treated for 7-10days with antibiotics. However, fluid behind the ear drum can last weeks to months once the ear infection is treated. ...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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What does an ear infection feel like?

What does an ear infection feel like?

Variable.: Sometimes nothing, sometimes pain, fever, loss of hearing, noise in the ear, cough is a common symptom. ...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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How long does an ear infection take to cure?

How long does an ear infection take to cure?

Not that long: Simple war infections like external ear canal infections can clear with appropriate treatment in a few days. Chronic middle war infections may take longer time, they may need surgery. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection last for?

For how long does an ear infection last for?

Ear infection: If treated with antibiotics an ear infection can clear up in 36-48 hours. Untreated an ear infection may clear up in 5-7 days. However fluid fluid in the middle ear may take several weeks to clear up. ...Read more

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Does an ear infection hurt on the outside of the ear?

Does an ear infection hurt on the outside of the ear?

Not typically: Middle ear infections don't typically hurt the outside of the ear, known as the pinna. External ear infections, or otitis externa might hurt the pinna. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

Similar timing!: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating sinus congestion may help overall discomfort and pain from that pressure. ...Read more

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Does an ear infection causes the throat to be dry?

Does an ear infection causes the throat to be dry?

No, an ear infection: Does not do that. However, you can certainly have a throat infection along with the ear infection, or an upper respiratory infection with the ear infection and either of those could cause a dry throat. ...Read more

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Does an ear infection affect your breathing in any way?

Does an ear infection affect your breathing in any way?

Yes: Ear infections commonly come with colds, which can have stuffy/runny nose and make it hard for you to breathe through your nose.

However, if you have a tendency for asthma and/or allergies, both of these can also occur with ear infections and both can affect breathing.

If you are having problems breathing, see a doctor. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube. Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent. (tubes). ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection last and/or does it go away on its own? My left ear/left side of my face has been hurting for at least two weeks.

How long does an ear infection last and/or does it go away on its own? My left ear/left side of my face has been hurting for at least two weeks.

Ear infection: Newer recommendations in Europe for ear infections is that they let it sit for 48hrs bc can improve on its own. If still in pain then they treat it. Can take weeks to get better, depending if the antibiotic is working, since you can have some resistant cases. ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection with out treatment and just pain killers and rest take to clear?

How long does an ear infection with out treatment and just pain killers and rest take to clear?

Depends: The viral ones clear in a few days. The bacterial ones take up to 2-3 months, unless your infection invades the bone behind the ear resulting in a abscess that need surgical drainage. Most will heal without complications, so you might get lucky. It may hurt for quite a while. ...Read more

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Does an ear infection cause a runny nose and chesty cough trying to get mucus off the chest? Chest clear, throat fine.

Does an ear infection cause a runny nose and chesty cough trying to get mucus off the chest? Chest clear, throat fine.

No--however: This pattern of symptoms/problems are often linked to a triggering virus. The virus moves into the airway and structures of the head and causes an accumulation of fluid behind the eardrum. Germs invade the ear through the drainage tube to the throat (Eustachian tube) causing a bacterial middle ear infection as a secondary event. The extra symptoms result from viral irritation to the airways. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ear infection?

Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more

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What can I do about an ear infection?

What can I do about an ear infection?

Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is behind your ear drum, you need oral antibiotics. If you have chronic ear infections that persist despite antibiotics, you need surgery. The process of treatment begins with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What should I do for an ear infection?

What should I do for an ear infection?

Ear infection: Talk to your pcp to examine & recommend appropriate antibiotic as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal).Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an ear infection?

How to know if I have an ear infection?

Ear infection: Classic symptoms: ear pain or ear fullness, decreased or muffled hearing in one ear, drainage from ear canal, or exquisite tenderness of the ear to touch or tugging the ear. Ear infections are either middle ear (nontender to pulling) or external ear (very tender to pulling). ...Read more

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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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How can I treat my child's ear infection?

How can I treat my child's ear infection?

Ear infection: You can try using children's advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. If it is not improving or having a fever or other symptoms, please see your pcp or urgent care. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an ear infection?

How do I know if I have an ear infection?

Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more

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Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Generally yes: In most cases it should be fine... But:
if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming.
If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting.
If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more

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Can I use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Clindamycin: Yes the drug may be used for otitis. ...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

Dr. Gary Pess
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Infection (Definition)

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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