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How long can inner ear infections last?

A Long Time: The effects can last months.So if your symptoms of ear discomfort persist, see your doctor. ...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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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I've had vertigo for 1 1/2 wks, slight pain in ear. Assuming inner ear infection. On amoxicillin..day 3. Still dizzy. How long do they norm last?

I've had vertigo for 1 1/2 wks, slight pain in ear. Assuming inner ear infection. On amoxicillin..day 3. Still dizzy.  How long do they norm last?

Vertigo: Vertigo has many causes but generally theres no pain with it. Sounds like you may have a middle ear infection which can cause pain and vertigo Antibiotics take 5 to 6 days to work. Drink lots of water. No alcohol. Hang in there. See an ENT if it doesnt get better ...Read more

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For how long does it take for a inner ear infection?

For how long does it take for a inner ear infection?

About 1-2 days: If the question is how long does it take for an ear infection to improve on medication, it takes about 24-48 hrs. After the start of antibiotics it may take 24-48 hrs to improve. Some ear infections will improve on their own but it may take longer. ...Read more

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Can an untreated inner ear infection last almost 2 years and cause nausea/being off balance?

Can an untreated inner ear infection last almost 2 years and cause nausea/being off balance?

Balance: It would be unlikely for you to have an ear infection for 2 years. There are numerous causes for feeling "off-balance". Are your symptoms everyday? Are there times when it is better/worse? Have you seen a doctor over the past 2 years for this? Need more info prior to being able to give accurate assessment. Either see your PCP or have a live consult via HealthTap to start. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an inner ear infection to get better?

How long does it take for an inner ear infection to get better?

Not long.: If the ear infection is treated with an antibiotic, which is usually but not always the case, it should improve in 1-3 days. If it hasn't, call your doctor, since it may be necessary to look again. And determine if the antibiotic should be changed. There are circumstances in which a doctor may choose watchful waiting rather than an antibiotic, then the ear should be rechecked within several days. ...Read more

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How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

OM : Symptoms of ear infection should resolve in 2 -3 days . Complete resolution of ear fluids may take up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Are you contagious with a viral inner ear infection? For how long?

Are you contagious with a viral inner ear infection?  For how long?

Viral earache: A viral earache is not contagious

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How long do inner ear infections laset?

Depends: A true inner ear infection is rare and causes severe nerve hearing loss which may be permanent and intense vertigo lasting days to several weeks with some degree of permanent imbalance. Most likely you have a middle ear infection with fluid behind the drum. May take up, to three months for fluid to resolve. ...Read more

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Diagnosed by ENT with bacterial inner ear infection have dizziness for eight days now, some days worse than others. Will it ever go away and how long?

Diagnosed by ENT with bacterial inner ear infection have dizziness for eight days now, some days worse than others. Will it ever go away and how long?

Yrs: It will get better. It takes time for your inner ear to heal and for your body to adjust to any effect like this in the inner ear. If you continue to have dizziness, vestibular testing and rehabilitation can be helpful. ...Read more

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Inner Ear (Definition)

The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more


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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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