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How long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics?

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

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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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?

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

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

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

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How long is it supposed to it take for an antibiotic to work in curing an ear infection?

24-48 hours: You should notice a substantial improvement in your symptoms within 24-48 hours, mainly in the reduction of pain. ...Read more

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

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

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Had a double ear infection last week. At the end of her antibiotic, but over the last 1-2 weeks she is eating less per feeding and in total. Problem?

Had a double ear infection last week. At the end of her antibiotic, but over the last 1-2 weeks she is eating less per feeding and in total. Problem?

Recurrent infection: Food refusal in children is often an early sign of ear infection. The infection may have recurred and require a different antibiotic. Another reason for food refusal could be upset stomach from the medication. If symptoms persist after the medication has been completed, a repeat ear check would be in order. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician.All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 4wks. ...Read more

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Problem in hearing after suffering from a week long fever. Is it some kind of ear infection.Is this problem can be resolved by taking antibiotic?

Problem in hearing after suffering from a week long fever. Is it some kind of ear infection.Is this problem can be resolved by taking antibiotic?

Could be: If there was a week long fever, then yes, there may very well be an ear infection, especially if the fever is ongoing or it seems like you're underwater. If there is chronic fluid or an active infection, then an antibiotic may be called for. Talk to your doc about it. An exam would give you the answer. ...Read more

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Hi, I have an ear infection and my ear drum ruptured.I've been on amoxicillin and antibiotic ear drops for 3 days. How long till ear stops draining?

Hi, I have an ear infection and my ear drum ruptured.I've been on amoxicillin and antibiotic ear drops for 3 days. How long till ear stops draining?

Hard to predict: The initial drainage was likely triggered by the pressure caused by buildup of mucous and pus behind the ear drum. This was released as drainage started.As the antibiotic begins to kill off the germ, the reason for drainage declines and eventually stops. Persistence of drainage after a week would be unusual and prompt a call to your doc. ...Read more

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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 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


Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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