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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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How long do the effects of ear infection last, i.E. Nauseaous, dizzy, ? Dr. Gave me antibiotic and sudafed. Will dramamine help?
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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