Rated 5.0/5 based on 17 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: How Long Does An Adult Ear Infection Last Without Antibiotics

Share
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
3M people helped
1

1
How long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics?

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
3M people helped
How long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics?

If not bacterial: The average duration is 7-10 days-much like a common viral cold illness. Supportive or comfort care is recommended. If no improvement-seek medical attention for a good history and physical examination. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified
47 years in practice
50M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified
47 years in practice
50M people helped
Continue
Dr. John Leander Po
1,118 doctors shared insights

Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Benda
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
29 years in practice
883K people helped
2

2
Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

Dr. Thomas Benda
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
29 years in practice
883K people helped
Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

That depends: You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified
47 years in practice
50M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified
47 years in practice
50M people helped
Continue
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
55 years in practice
3M people helped
3

3
How long does earache last with an ear infection. I've had the pain for 5 days and had antibiotics for fours days.

Dr. Bernstein Joel
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
55 years in practice
3M people helped
How long does earache last with an ear infection. I've had the pain for 5 days and had antibiotics for fours days.

Viral infection: Almost all ear infections start with a virus in the back of the nose. If that is the case, and assuming you received the antibiotic immediately, that drug will not be helpful, possibly harmful. On the other hand, if the pain has been present for 5 days, the most important question to ask, is there a hearing loss? If there is no hearing loss, you could have tmd, pain in the jaw muscles. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Helena Bentley
Board Certified, Pediatrics
34 years in practice
104K people helped
4

4
My 8month baby has an ear infection. Fever@102f for last two days and she is fussy.how long can i wait before i must give her antibiotics?

Dr. Helena Bentley
Board Certified, Pediatrics
34 years in practice
104K people helped
My 8month baby has an ear infection. Fever@102f for last two days and she is fussy.how long can i wait before i must give her antibiotics?

Ear infection: I suggest you have her evaluated by a pediatric provider. With the persistent fever, the infection may be bacterial and will respond to antibiotic therapy. Most ear infections are viral or caused by organisms that will resolve without treatment. However, because of the persistent fever and fussiness, you should have her checked. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified
47 years in practice
50M people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
Dr. Linda Green
Board Certified, Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
40 years in practice
984K people helped
5

5
How long do the effects of ear infection last, i.E. Nauseaous, dizzy, ? Dr. Gave me antibiotic and sudafed. Will dramamine help?

Dr. Linda Green
Board Certified, Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
40 years in practice
984K people helped
How long do the effects of ear infection last, i.E. Nauseaous, dizzy, ?  Dr. Gave me antibiotic and sudafed.  Will dramamine help?

Possibly: If your ear infection is resulting in vertigo and nausea, then dramamine may offer some relief until the antibiotic and sudafed start helping. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
6

6
How long does it take for an ear infection to clear without antibiotics?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
How long does it take for an ear infection to clear without antibiotics?

Depends: Those that are viral would improve within a few days and be back to normal in a week. Those that are bacterial might self heal in 4-6 weeks or go on to create a chronic problem. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Ali Saberi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
1M people helped
7

7
On ear infection, how long it will take for antibiotic to start working and see an improvement on the infection?

Dr. Ali Saberi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
1M people helped
On ear infection, how long it will take for antibiotic to start working and see an improvement on the infection?

48-72hrs: if longer with no improvement at all, may require dose and/or frequency adjustment along with change in medication potentially ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Neil Giddings
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
34 years in practice
424K people helped
8

8
How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

Dr. Neil Giddings
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
34 years in practice
424K people helped
How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

Several days: Pain should resolve quickly, but blocked feeling may persist for many weeks. If blocked feeling does not resolve in 3-4 weeks, should see ENT doctor. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
8M people helped
9

9
Can Ear infection be cure with antibiotics? How long does it take to get back to normal?

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
8M people helped
Can Ear infection be cure with antibiotics? How long does it take to get back to normal?

If from bacteria: While bacteria commonly are the culprits causing an ear infection, the most common cause is actually a viral infection. If it is bacterial, which is more common in infants and small children, antibiotics will indeed cure it. But it can take up to 8-12 weeks to get entirely back to normal. Even after the infection clears, thee can be fluid that persists that will very gradually resolve in that time ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
799K people helped
10

10
How much time for antibiotics to work with adult ear infection?

Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
799K people helped
How much time for antibiotics to work with adult ear infection?

About 3-5 days.: You are expected to see some improvement in the first 3-5 days. Finish the therapy as prescribed even if you are feeling better. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Oscar Novick
947 doctors shared insights

Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as Middle ear infection. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
937 doctors shared insights

Ear Infection (Definition)

Ear infection is a condition where there is a bacterial or viral infection of the inner or outer ear, and is manifest by ear pain ...Read more


Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified,
47 years in practice
50M people helped
Continue
85,000 doctors available
Find us on Facebook